societal ideals

anonymous asked:

Studied history as my main, switched career, and it as a strong interest. I actually have a question on the act of retelling of history. Just how grounded is the retelling of history caught in current events in your opinion? Obviously there is bias present in the author, but it seems to me that the retelling becomes a point to highlight events and people to lend weight to a cultural/societal ideal/though while ignoring the rest. Continued ==>

It is unavoidable that current events and societal preoccupations would color what topics historians are interested and how they approach those topics. Pace to those historians who believed in the Noble Dream of Objectivity,  but historians aren’t robots and there’s no way to eliminate it from our scholarship. The only thing we can do is be honest and self-aware about it: as David Blight says, we all have biases and don’t trust anyone who says they don’t.

To take a classic example, the Dunning school of American history was fatally flawed by the fact that the men who made it up were almost entirely white Southerners whose fathers had fought for the Confederacy and who were themselves violently hostile to Reconstruction and the idea of black civil rights, and trying to create a “usable history” for the dominant politics of white reconciliation in the 1890s-1910s. 

At the same time, the Dunning school would never have been overturned if it hadn’t been for the discipline reacting first to WWII and the ideological threat of Nazism (which led a lot of scholars to rethink the “needless war” thesis and the idea of fighting a war for the ideal of human equality, however flawed in practice), and then the rise of the civil rights movement and especially its popularity among Northern college students in the 1960s inspiring a whole bunch of historians to re-examine the Civil War and Reconstruction from the ground-up and completely undermine the Dunning school.

Wait… Did I just lose the other half of that history post? 

I think you might have, anon. If only there was some way for me to message you directly….


I saw this for the first time today and knew I wanted it on my blog. The message behind this is so incredibly important and I really think that everyone should watch it. Girls all around the world are being limited by societal expectations and ideals. I phrase it like this due to the fact that even if you have never been *told* you can’t do a certain thing or act a certain way, the underlying expectations are there. 

Think about the fact that phrases like “don’t be a pussy” and “like a girl” are thrown around as insult while “taking it like a man” and “having spunk/ balls/ whatever” are inherently positive.  Think about how few mainstream female comedians we have in contrast to males, think about how many females are in your local government.  Think about women in fridges - a common trope where the role of women in a book/ tv show/ game is to be harmed or killed purely to give the brave, moral (and predominantly white) male a backstory. 

This video is important and I wish someone had shown me this when I was younger. Campaigns like this one need to be nurtured, people need to start waking up and seeing that there are deep, unconscious issues that need to be addressed. Girls are not inferior, we are not different, and we do not need to be treated as such. 

Isn’t it wonderful what a little mindful healthy living can do?

It took a lot of sweat, tears, motivation, victories, failures, celebrations, good days, bad days, fruits, vegetables, mental changes, dreams, goals, runs, weights lifted, and love for myself to make this happen, but I did it. I did this. Single-handedly. Alone. I had the support of my friends and family, but at the end of the day, I am the one responsible for how I treat my body and my self, and that treatment’s effects. I have never been so proud of myself. It’s been a long year or so of dedication to a better, more mindful lifestyle, but I’m here, happier and healthier than ever.

Don’t strive for perfection. Don’t strive for the societal ideal. You’ll never be Kate Upton, or Kim Kardashian, or Adriana Lima. Why not? Because you are you. Strive for the perfect you, the ideal you, and not just physically, but mentally.

Weight loss is 75% mental, 25% physical. Because you can put in all the work in the world, but if your heart isn’t in it, and you don’t make lots of changes in terms of how you think about yourself, and nutrition, and exercise, you’re not gonna see worthwhile results.

You’re worth it. Trust me. It feels even better than it looks, especially because I’ve earned it.

anonymous asked:

Ok but like heteroromantic asexual women and aromantic heterosexual men are literally societal ideals (at least if they're cis). Like yeah they have a-spec specific issues, but literally everyone faces issues of some type, but that doesn't make everyone LGBT. Also don't try to pretend that people who perform societal ideals are oppressed for it; that's really fucking shitty.

i didn’t know this is the oppression olympics

“Leo is the radiance, glow and intensity that Aquarius reflects and sprinkles its beautiful air dust on the flames, creating something truly different but something truly beautiful.”

In Leo we become ourselves, and in Aquarius we splay across the universal web of consciousness. We become humanity, and it is strangely through this experience of separation that we become our spiritual selves. Leo is one microcosm and Aquarius is every particle, and these are separated by illusion only. We as humans exist with our own personal galaxies, but these are conjoined to every other galaxy, held together by the same spiritual currents. These are the currents of Leo-Aquarius, filtered through electric sunlight. The Leo-Aquarius axis relates to healing the broader wounds in society’s threads. The repair of mass inequality, poverty, cycles of abuse and homelessness, societal ideals and processes. So Aquarius is like the Leo heart of social structures, the soul in the tenth house establishment, the blood bank that ensures well being of the people and the distribution of wisdom. Leo is the establishment of self-consciousness and Aquarius develops community consciousness.


for more on Sister Signs please check out Cherry;s book ‘Cosmic Confectionary: The Six signs of the Zodiac’

Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.
—  Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Folks, I’ve been talking with my partner @fitnesspfarm tonight and the stuff we have coming up is gonna be game-changing.

We’re putting a hybrid program together specifically for women that combines my powerlifting, her endurance training, flexibility, hypertrophy training, her heavy glute and quad band work and so much more.  Eating, nutrition, natural living and everything else will be covered.

Beyond that we want it to encompass a deep message of hope and empowerment for women as well, whether they’ve suffered through eating disorders, weight loss or other issues that affect them both physically and emotionally.

We want this to build your body as much as your esteem.  You will break the chains of societal ideals with us.

It will cater to all types of women and all degrees of thickness but it WILL aim to produce some of the biggest, baddest, strongest, thickest and most confident women ever.

We want to transform anyone and everyone who’s willing into an absolute lady beast who thunders through life with all the power and hope of a shining goddess, leaving everyone in her wake touched by her presence.

It’s going to be seriously amazing!

Stay tuned!

Ok no but like amethyst x peridot would be really interesting if it were canon. Peridot is uncomfortable about fusion, amethyst likes fusion but doesn’t feel worthy of it, the implications of them learning and growing together as a fusion are not only INCREDIBLY CUTE but a great lesson on navigating new relationships etc, as well as unlearning harmful societal ideals (ie gem caste system) and becoming better for the people you love.
Also seeing a gem relationship develop right from the beginning would be so cool!!
Tl;dr I really really hope it’s canon.

Part of my upcoming ethics midterm is to write for two pages on my views on economic justice and my ideal societal organization.

On a scale of Private Courts to Recreational Nukes, how

should I go?

Pakistani cinema reached a new low with “Fair and Lovely Ka Jalwa.” As if the colonial baggage and TV commercials were not enough to cripple our collective self esteem, now we have the worst cosmetic brand in South Asia sponsoring songs for movies. Colorism in South Asia is impossible to understand without contextualizing the discussion within colonialism but how long are we going to blame the “goras” for everything? What are we doing to combat this disturbing reality? Rather than moving forward, dominant imagery and branding like this only indicates how racism is becoming more and more institutionalized.  It’s time the discourse shifts to self-criticism and substantial actions against societal imposed ideals by saying no, we’ve had enough or else we will become dangerously desensitized than we already are. 

Dear Cis People

I’m agender and I still have to fight against gender norms in my own mind. If I see a man in a dress and makeup it takes me a second to remind myself that people can wear whatever they want, and that trans people don’t always look like the conventional and societal gender ideals. I’m literally on the trans spectrum and I have to fight against being transphobic and having transphobic thoughts.

So don’t you dare tell me that you’re not transphobic, because even if you don’t mean to be and don’t want to be, I promise you that you have been or are.

If I could visit my 5, 10, 14, or 17 year old self, I’d tell her there’s nothing wrong with the way she looks, to not listen to my mom’s criticisms, and to love and accept myself as I am and not internalize toxic ideals of societal expectations in regards to my ethnicity or culture that people are quick to categorize me in. Kids remember. They might not remember details, but internalized self-hate is taught and reinforced, practiced. Children deserve to be nurtured and provided with support and encouragement. Build up their confidence when they’re young, cause growing up can tear people down.