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Everything Beyonce does is careful and thought out. Her entire image is perfection crafted from planning ahead. She does not ‘wing it’ or throw things into her performances and public appearances ‘just because’.
What she did at this award show was amazing, especially because of how intentional and thought out it clearly was.
Feminism is a scary word for a lot of people. Many women are afraid of calling themselves feminist because they think it implies anger, hatred of men, or a rejection of traditional femininity.
Beyonce presented everyone watching with two distinct images of what many viewers viewed as two very different women. There is the strong, independent FEMINIST. She is the woman who likes being in control and being in the spotlight. Then there is the WIFE and MOTHER. She is soft, sweet, smiling at the husband and child you can tell she loves and values so much.
For every girl watching who was afraid to be a feminist, afraid to be powerful, because of what she thought she would lose, this is an incredible message. You can be all the things you want to be. You can be both. Feminists can have amazing happy, full lives full of both traditional and modern womanhood.
Feminism means gender should not be a source of persecution or a restriction of your choices. Feminism mean the type of person you should be is based on what you value, not what outside forces pressure you to value because of your gender or biological sex. Shout at the top of your lungs that you are a feminist and proud. Then go and be the exact person that you want to be.
It was the biggest shock of the post-war era. Harry Potter, the son of two tried-and-true, dyed in the wool Gryffindors sorted into Slytherin. His was the story the Prophet seized on, but it wasn’t the only surprise of the year. Another boy from a long, long line of lions ended up with a green tie around his neck (which, his mother had to admit through her tears, did look rather fetching set against his red hair), and a girl, a Muggleborn, became the first of her kind to be sorted into the house. There was talk that the Sorting Hat had gone bonkers, something squiffy with the enchantment, but Dumbledore stood firm and refused to allow any sort of inquiry from the Ministry.
"There is a long tradition of…unexpected Sortings at Hogwarts," he was quoted as saying under the headline: Savior Sent to Slytherin: Sorting Hat Needs Sorting Out?. “What the Hat sees in our hearts is not necessarily what we wear on our sleeves. Paying undue attention to these particulars surprises is unnecessary, and I do not believe any good will come of it.”
For the students themselves, the Sorting was indeed unexpected and was rather distressing, for a while. At first, they felt like a trio alone against the dark, a bastion of righteousness in the serpent’s den. But they did have each other, and soon came to find that their housemates were not so different after all.
Draco was full of bluster, but his arguments with Ron over the proper Quidditch team to support soon turned into sincere discussions of strategy. Blaise and Hermione competed ferociously over gaining new knowledge, quizzing each other in the common room with such fervor that everyone loudly wondered how the pair of them hadn’t ended up in Ravenclaw.
There was a brief hubbub when Professor Snape resigned his post partway through first year, but Dumbledore was able to coax a popular old professor to retake the mantle of Head of House.
The presence of Harry Potter, of a befreckled Weasley, of a clever Muggleborn girl, seemed to unlock the gates to the dungeon, as it were. Once he was allowed his broom, Harry flew Seeker drills with Cho, Cedric, and Seamus. Quidditch was more fun when they were all at the top of their game. Hermione, it seemed, was soon leading study sessions on every subject open to any and all who would let her talk at them for an hour or two. Everyone hooted appropriately when Draco finally appeared at Hogsmeade with Parvati Patil holding his hand.
In this way, bonds were forged, barriers were broken, things began to change. Children started to say no to their parents’ hate, and when the Dark Lord reached out his tendrils, seeking fresh blood, he found little but dried up husks, the remains of his army. He made his return, make no mistake. There was still plenty of cruelty in the world. Battles were fought, good wizards gave their lives, but Hogwarts stood as one. Shoulder to shoulder.
Yes, indeed. Harry Potter did well in Slytherin.
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If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies.In what’s being called the biggest celebrity hacking incident in internet history, more than 100 female celebrities have had their private nude images stolen and published online. The bulk of the images posted have been officially confirmed as belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, but a complete list of victims’ names - including Krysten Ritter, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Brie Larson and Kirsten Dunst - has been subsequently published. (Link does not contain pictures, only names.)The images were first uploaded by an anonymous member of the underground internet sewer known as 4chan and have since been enthusiastically shared across platforms like Reddit and Twitter. A representative for Lawrence has confirmed the images are real, condemning the theft of them as a “flagrant violation of privacy” and adding that “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”There are a few different issues that a criminal act like this brings up, but before I get into them it’s necessary to make one thing clear: If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies. These images - which I have not seen and which I will not look for - are intimate, private moments belonging only to the people who appear in them and who they have invited to see them. To have those moments stolen and broadcast to the world is an egregious act of psychic violence which constitutes a form of assault.The people sharing these images are perpetuating an ongoing assault. The people gleefully looking at them are witnessing and enjoying an ongoing assault. When you have been asked by victims of a crime like this not to exacerbate the pain of that crime and you continue to do so anyway, you are consciously deciding that your enjoyment, your rights and perhaps even just your curiosity are more important than the safety and dignity of the people you’re exploiting.That out of the way, let’s get a few other things straight.1. This is not a ‘scandal’It’s a crime, and we should be discussing it as such. Some media outlets are salaciously reporting it otherwise, as if the illegal violation of privacy involving intimate images is little more than subject for gossip. When associated with sex, the word ‘scandal’ has been typically interpreted as something that assigns responsibility to all parties involved, a consensual act unfortunately discovered and for which everyone owes an explanation or apology. Remember when private nude photos of Vanessa Hudgens (whose name also appears on the list of victims) were leaked online and Disney forced her to publicly apologise for her “lapse in judgment” and hoped she had “learned a valuable lesson”? Never mind that Hudgens was an adult and a victim of privacy violation - the ‘scandal’ was painted as something for which she owed her fans an apology. Which leads us to:2. These women do not ‘only have themselves to blame’While depressing, it’s sadly unsurprising to see some people arguing that Lawrence et al brought this on themselves. Part of living in a rape culture is the ongoing expectation that women are responsible for protecting themselves from abuse, and that means avoiding behaviour which might be later ‘exploited’ by the people who are conveniently never held to account for their actions. But women are entitled to consensually engage in their sexuality any way they see fit. If that involves taking nude self portraits for the enjoyment of themselves or consciously selected others, that’s their prerogative.Victims of crime do not have an obligation to accept dual responsibility for that crime. Women who take nude photographs of themselves are not committing a criminal act, and they shouldn’t ‘expect’ to become victims to one, as actress Mary E. Winstead pointed out on Twitter.Sending a photograph of your breasts to one person isn’t consenting to having the whole world see those breasts, just as consenting to sex with one person isn’t the same as giving permission for everyone else to fu*k you. Victim blaming isn’t okay, even if it does give you a private thrill to humiliate the female victims of sexual exploitation.3. It doesn’t matter that ‘damn, she looks good and should own it!’Stealing and sharing the private photographs of women doesn’t become less of a crime just because you approve them for fapping activity. I’m sure many of the women on this list are confident of their sexual attractiveness. It doesn’t mean they don’t value their privacy or shouldn’t expect to enjoy the same rights to it as everyone else. It also doesn’t mean they want strangers sweating over their images. That line of thinking comes from the same school which instructs women to either ignore of welcome sexual harassment when it’s seemingly ‘positive’ in its sentiments.None of these women are likely to give a shit that you think their bodies are ‘tight, damn’. Despite what society reinforces to us about the public ownership of women’s bodies, we are not entitled to co-opt and objectify them just because we think we can defend it as a compliment.I will not be seeking out these images out and I urge everyone else to avoid doing the same. I hope that all the women who have been victimised here are being appropriately supported by the authorities and their network of friends. And I hope sincerely that more people take a stand against this kind of behaviour.Because this incident aside, it strikes me as deeply ironic that we will vehemently protest a free Facebook messenger app because we’re outraged at reports that it can access our phone’s numbers, and yet turn around and excuse the serving up of women’s bodies for our own pleasure. Our appreciation is no less disgusting just because it’s accompanied by the sound of one hand clapping.Source: Clementine Ford at DailyLife