Apr. 12th, 2011

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"Framing women's desire for various things — usually, things that are imposed on them by society in the first place — in terms of what they'd sacrifice in order to achieve them just reinforces the idea that a woman's life is all about self-denial and various forms of starvation.

As a way of resisting this whole narrative, I recommend bettering your life by adding something to it. It's Lent right now, traditionally a time for renunciation — but also, perhaps a time to renounce renouncing. Instead of (or in addition to) giving something up this season, try starting something up instead. Read every night. Learn a language. Try kale (it's delicious!). Eat chocolate while wearing makeup. I think I'm going to add doing real pushups (not from the knee) to my daily routine. But it doesn't matter what you add — the point is to embrace and endorse a full life, not one where you're always giving up your joys to live up to other people's standards."

--Anna North from Jezebel

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