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"There's gotta be something else out there for me. I could feel it in my heart the day I started to dream..."

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People have a hard time processing [the female body] when it’s not packaged for the consumption of male entertainment. So, they don’t know quite what to do with it, or how to place it, or what to say. Because surely a woman couldn’t be intelligent enough to be making a point.

— Erykah Badu (regarding her controversial “Window Seat” music video)
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Does your boyfriend or brother spend a lot of money on skin and hair care products? Does your dad spend much time at the hairdresser or beautician?

In your city’s daily paper do most of the political news items feature women? Are most of the stories in the business section written by and about women? Is there a special ‘Men’s Section’ filled with celebrity gossip, fashion and beauty tips?

When you watch a big sporting event on TV, are the athletes usually women? When you watch female sporting teams are there hot guys in tiny outfits cheering for them on the sidelines?

Do girls you know talk openly about getting off while watching porn? Do they boast about their sexual conquests?

When you’re at the food court, do your female friends happily gobble down a large burger and fries combo while your male friends pick at a salad and sip diet coke?

Do the majority of the fathers you know spend most of their time at home washing, cleaning, cooking and taking care of their kids? Do you often hear mothers refer to looking after their own kids as ‘babysitting’? Have you heard women talk about earning brownie points for cleaning their own house and washing their own clothes? Are you sick of men going on about how hard it is to balance work and parenthood?

Are your male friends afraid to walk on their own at night? Do they avoid drinking too much in case they get raped? Do they dress to protect themselves from attack and always carry their keys poking through their knuckles? When they complain about all this do your female friends shrug and tell them that’s just how the world is?

If the answer to all of these questions was yes, wouldn’t that mean something was wrong? Is that still true if the genders are reversed? Does it matter?

— Opening from Emily Maguire’s ‘Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice’  (via exoticwild)
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Hai Zi with her twin daughters, Xin Xin and Miao Miao, at the Bifengxia Panda Base in Ya’an, China.
© Pandas International.

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Hai Zi with her twin daughters, Xin Xin and Miao Miao, at the Bifengxia Panda Base in Ya’an, China.

© Pandas International.

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