There is an unproven but visible connection between people who struggle with their bodies and people who embrace dermal decoration. For one writer living with breast cancer, a small spoon tattoo helped reclaim some control over her body.
When we think of manliness and masculinity, it’s not obvious to think of a guy who was soft spoken, played with puppets, and sang catchy tunes.
And yet, the proof is right there.
Some of these writers barreled headfirst into lives of opulence and indulgence, while others wound up in prisons and insane asylums. In either case, we're thankful they did. It's made for great reading.
“Aside from the ‘connotations’ of the lower back placement, I think it perfectly suits the curves of my body. Besides, if there is any part of my body should express sexual willingness it should be my mouth, with my words.”
First there were deprivation of basic human rights. Next, there were boycotts. Then, forced business closures, and then they were forced to wear symbols to label them. After, there were curfews, then deportations to ghettos. And finally. concentration camps and gas chambers. And that's just the simplified version.
Rolls, stretch marks, cellulite, chilling with no clothes on—that’s when you the prettiest, I hope that you don’t take it wrong.
In a tell-all interview with Esquire's Eric Sullivan, Shia LaBeouf addresses the arrests, the trauma, and the redemption.
If online shaming makes it all-too easy to get mad at someone, when they do apologize, why is it so hard for us to e-forgive?
These women are powerful, outspoken, adaptable, funny, confident, controversial, adventurous, courageous, empathetic, generous, witty, and even frightening at times.
Women often give their power away. We want them to like us, we want them to marry us, we want them to not judge us, so we feel like we have to sacrifice something. But get this...
"The Republican stance regarding Obamacare is one of the main reasons why I recently changed my lifelong registration with the Grand Old Party."
Oprah Winfrey, unfortunately, won't be alive forever. But her words? We'll need to preserve them.
"If you follow these steps, you can turn uncomfortable holiday experiences into opportunities for growth and expansion. You emancipate yourself from anxiety, helplessness, old patterns, and struggles so that you can reclaim your power. Game over. You win."
"This is what I know about L.A.: You're not from here. You came here. You take a lot of airplanes and you hate it. You've got a lot of appointments, for your hair, or throat, or your face, or your vagina. You have so many cravings, for juice and dieting, and exercising with pool toys on a Pilate's machine."
Cheating feels good, until it's over. And then you realize you did something wrong to someone. And then you have to live with yourself.
"I went on like this for a year and two months after my mother’s death. I never did fully feel, hear, or see my mother’s spirit. But I recognize that my pictures tend to capture a sense of familiarity, a feeling of home in a stranger’s smile, warmth in a Japanese Zen Garden."
"There is often a generational transfer of trauma, and that is what first generation youth are dealing with. Feeling ashamed of who you are or feeling pressured to be someone you are not is not your burden to carry. We each deserve to be nourished and supported to be the best version of ourselves."
Most of us are not working multiple jobs, solving world hunger, or spearheading a major social movement, unless of course, we are. We are saturated in our own self-importance and we believe that an incomplete task will tip the world and our life's trajectory. We are not that busy.