I experimented with inks and concentrated watercolour powder in a petri dish containing water today and captured some amazing iris-like pictures as the colours blended and spread
Today I was such a vain shit and went a bit OTT on the selfie front… Probably because my make up looked quite good today and I had nothing else to do… But what’s wrong with a good selfie every now and then? It’s important to love yourself right? gillianmckeithie
YES!! Selfies are like little celebrations of when we feel good about ourselves!! And if we feel good about ourselves all the time then that’s GREAT, take a selfie every time you look in the mirror, take pride in feeling good about yourself and not succumbing to the media’s pressures as difficult as it can be. Selfies promote self love in the best possible way and if we see the value in ourselves then we can see the value in others too, it may be small but it is without a doubt a step in the direction to equality!!! As Ezra Koenig once said: “I think that anybody who’s anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you.”
Trying to talk to my dad about feminism is one of the most frustrating experiences I put myself through. On trying to explain to my dad that what I decide to do with my body whether it be piercing my nose, dying my hair, painting my nails or shaving my legs, it is NEVER anything to do with any other human being but myself. He replied: “But if you take a specie, let’s say fish. At some point the female fish is going to want the male fish to be attracted to her because she needs to mate, and therefore, by natural instinct she will do what ever she needs to do to make herself attractive to the male fish.”
Number 1. In the animal kingdom it is usually the male who tries to win the affection of the female, and even when he does this, he does not inflict physical damage to himself to do so, so in this regard, your argument is completely invalid. (This may be hard to understand because animals, with little to no moral awareness, are actually, as a whole, more understanding of the concept of consent that so many humans seem to struggle with.)
Number 2. IF you hadn’t noticed we have fortunately evolved further than the ocean and we are now independent beings who do not simply act on animalistic instinct and are therefore capable of completing actions and having thoughts that aren’t just about reproduction.
number 3. HOW IS IT SO PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT I AM AN INDEPENDENT BEING AND NOT EVERY SINGLE ACTION I MAKE IS TO MAKE MYSELF MORE SEXUALLY APPEALING TO MALES. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND THAT NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH MY BODY AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE BUT ME. I DO NOT NEED ACCEPTANCE FROM ANYONE BUT MYSELF.
BEAUTY WITHOUT BUNNIES : CRUELTY FREE COMPANIES
In most cases companies use animal testing because they sell in China, where there is a law that all cosmetic products have to be tested on animals before they can be sold to the public. Here is the list that PETA put together of cosmetic companies that test on animals. It doesn’t take long to just look at the list and note down the products that you buy so that next time when you’re out shopping you can avoid these brands - it’s really not that difficult to do and is a small compromise to make for the welfare of beautiful animals. Always, BIC, Dove, Febreeze, M.A.C and Vaseline are among a long list of brands that shocked me, but look for yourself, follow THIS LINK and Go to the pink box that says Companies that DO test on Animals and select view all.
If you want to go even further in boycotting these companies, and thus not encouraging the crime of animal testing, I have found that emailing them is an even more effective way of doing so. By telling the company directly that you will no longer be buying their products due to the fact that they cruelly test on animals you are letting them know not only that they have lost a valuable customer but also why. This is vital because the company will know that their drop in sales is not blamed on something else like competition from other brands, and therefore the company may think it will benefit them to make more, cheaper products to compete instead of stopping their use on animal testing.
Tower of David: the World’s Tallest Slum | Via
The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.
Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.
In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels. Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.
Street Art Ideas by French Artist Sandrine Boulet