- Aristotle, from Politicsa (via natural-magics)
I’ve seen a great wave of posts about women who don’t understand feminism writing about how they don’t need feminism. It really hurts my heart.
Let me tell you a story about my travels in Peru, where women’s rights haven’t gained as much ground.
I was walking down this one street in the sweetest, sleepiest jungle town when I hear this sobbing, and then a scream, and then quiet whimpering, and thump, the angry whispers of a man, thump, thump. Neighbors were sitting on their porches looking solemn, but silent. We pass this house, and the scene inside broke my heart. A husband, a father beating his wife who was curled up in a corner on the ground. Door was wide open. Two beautiful kids stood and watched. A boy and a girl. Powerless. The girl has no example of what to expect in a partner. The boy has no example of how to treat others. The neighbors sat on their porches, accepting this fate. I felt no shame from this man. This woman was his property, like a dog who had stolen food from the table, he made her suffer. I turn to my brother of the road, fists clenched, wanting to help my suffering sister. He warns me that it would not be safe to act alone. It takes a movement. This is the world without the feminist movement.
Feminism is the freedom you enjoy when you express your views as a woman, ignorant or otherwise.
- Maya Angelou (via fawnesia)
What is a flotation tank?
500 kg of Epsom salts are added to 1000 litres of water, creating a 30 cm deep solution, which is heated to 35.5 degrees C (skin temperature).
The temperature of the water means that once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water, and those that aren’t, in effect “fooling” the brain into believing that the person is floating in mid-air.