Shia Labeouf for interview magazine november 2014
By ELVIS MITCHELL
Photography CRAIG MCDEAN
"People are perfectly happy to see women as sex objects, but the actual biologic of our bodies is apparently gross and unmentionable."
- Our Bodies, Ourselves.
Female bodies must always be:
- naturally beautiful (but hairless)
- sexually available (but not slutty)
- curvy (but not skinny, and certainly not fat)
- fertile (but not menstrual)
So… good luck?
This is simple to logically smash. The same magnitude of expectations are put on men. Please, stop, you’re just making yourself look stupid.
Are men socially expected to shave their legs or armpits? Does their sexual value depend on how they shave their pubic hair?
Are men shamed for having too much sex? Or is a “male whore” simply called a “player” (if even given a title at all) and perceived as the ultimate male?
Are the political achievements of powerful men (ex: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney) belittled by conversations about their bodies like their female counterparts (ex: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin)? Do interviewers ask male actors about their dieting techniques on the red carpet?
Are men defined by their ability to produce offspring? Or are their successes independent from marriage and children? Are they asked about their family plans in job interviews?
Look, men certainly have their problems. There’s no denying that fact. Masculinity is a hugely limiting construction that crushes boys and men while encouraging the oppression of girls and women. And that’s why feminist analysis of masculinity is hugely important— see the work of Jackson Katz, Michael Messner, Tony Porter, and Michael Kimmel for more.
But what’s important to note is that critiques of men are framed as failures of masculinity (aka bridges into femininity). Think of the insults: “pussy,” “fag,” “bitch”… They all equate failure with women.
So yes— men are oppressed. But they also benefit from these structures, so please, give up on the idea that gender oppression is an equal battle.
I’LL REBLOG THIS TILL I DIE
girl: i love you
me: welcome to the club
girl: *gets offended and walks away*
me: …u were the first member
like if u cried
what is better than falling asleep next to someone you love? what’s better than listening to them breathing???
Guys being dudes
"I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup," she told me. "I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen."
- Nicki Minaj for GQ Magazine November 2014.
she’s beauty and she’s grace, she dropped her phone on her face
i’m into some kinky shit sure… have you ever heard of “kissing”?
*sends pic of boner*
girl: mmm, send me one of you hard (;
"you gotta finger dis jawn"
i was thinking about this vine in my cinematography class today