From teenage runway models to wrinkle cream ads to the weird disappearance of older women from our media, there are messages everywhere that women are at their best when they’re at their youngest.
Check out these women who are defying that sexist baloney. Then share this if you agree that women get more wonderful with each year.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/you-know-how-you-re-supposed-to-always-want-to-be-younger-well-screw-that-9
The more we hear about people “you wouldn’t expect” to stay in abusive relationships, the more that idea gets put away in favor of actual compassion for each and every victim.
TRIGGER WARNING: This talk contains verbal descriptions of domestic violence.
If you are in an abusive relationship, a crisis counselor is one of
the best and safest people to help you create an exit strategy. Do not
tell your abuser you’re leaving, and be careful about who you notify of
your plans so you can get out safely.
You can visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website to speak with a crisis counselor or call (800) 799-7233.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/no-one-in-the-audience-expected-her-ever-to-say-what-she-said-in-these-3-minutes
Costumes for women seem to be requiring less and less fabric year after year. Is that a good thing? Be sure to stick around till 4:04 for the sexiest costume … ever?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/have-you-ever-looked-at-the-sexy-costumes-women-wear-and-think-they-dont-go-far-enough-3
Thinking about how to help bring the world’s poorest people out of poverty can feel overwhelming. So overwhelming that for a lot of people, it’s more appealing to move on to less challenging problems with easier solutions. But here’s a basic solution we might want to consider, and it gets bonus points for being empowering, too.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-women-are-able-to-decide-when-to-have-kids-look-how-the-world-can-change
Rush Limbaugh is furious about this amazing woman. Read why she’s amazing after you watch this video, then share it if you think Rush needs to be put in his place.
You can see all of the reasons she deserves all the praise heaped on her here.
You can see all her honors, including some honorary degrees and a couple amazing awards from two different presidents here.
And you can share this with everyone you know by clicking down below.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/she-is-what-makes-america-awesome-he-is-what-makes-my-skin-crawl
While the 112th Congress was busy screwing around with the fiscal cliff that they built for themselves, the Violence Against Women Act was left by the wayside. The VAWA was originally passed in 1994 but expired in 2011 when some of the more conservative congressmen voted against expanded protection for more diverse rape victims. The anemic, watered-down version passed in May, but any promise of a full-fledged Violence Against Women Act died when the politicians decided fighting with one another was more important than protecting rape victims.
Back in May of 2012, Gwen Moore implores the house to support stronger anti-rape legislation. Unfortunately, Moore’s fears proved true, and what should have been a human rights no-brainer became a catty, partisan stalemate resulting in legislation that does about as little as the very Congress that watered it down.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/sickening-incompetence-the-little-congress-that-couldnt
Although this is a funny video, the reality of this Arizona law is not funny at all.
You probably want people to know laws like this are happening right now. If so, go ahead and share this because the more we can educate, the more we can change.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/an-explanation-of-a-law-that-allows-women-to-be-fired-for-using-birth-control
Yeah, this doesn’t really happen all that often (I’ve not witnessed women catcalling men, but I’m not saying it never happens). And of course these are stereotypically gendered comments. But seriously, the absurdity kind of puts the catcalling that many women deal with into perspective, doesn’t it?
Bottom line: Catcalling isn’t a compliment, it’s not harmless, and it’s not cool. Laugh at this and then remember: Don’t do it.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-woman-asks-a-random-dude-whether-his-bulge-is-real-to-show-how-ridiculous-some-mens-behavior-is
Hollywood, I love you. But Hollywood, you’re lazy. You constantly (and pretty much exclusively) use the “adorable and clumsy pretty girl” trope to humanize your leading ladies. Why? Surely there are other ways to show me these beautiful women are “human”?
As a result of your laziness, we audiences are presented with cookie-cutter filmmaking, boring films, and almost NO female characters and female leads who are well-rounded and human because of their personalities. And no, clumsy is not a personality trait.
And yeah, this video is funny! But I’d love it if there were never enough footage to make another again.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/all-girls-arent-clumsy-theyre-just-written-that-way-by-lazy-lazy-hollywood
One young man who blamed women for his failure to get dates and get along with women killed six people and wounded seven more. The Internet responded in a huge way, and it’s still going. The hashtag #YesAllWomen was born, and it took Twitter by storm. Millions of tweets have included the hashtag.
I have read literally hundreds of them, if not more, and I can tell you that they are chilling and eye-opening. When I mentioned the hashtag and some of the stories to my wife, she replied, “Of course … I always carry my keys in a way that they can be used if someone attacks me. We learn that early on.” For someone who considers himself a pretty well-educated and in-touch dude, it rather floored me.
Here is a map of the tweets from around the world and two of my favorite tweets, but there are so many more of these conversations happening right now on Twitter. Link to get there is below.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-guy-committed-murder-because-he-couldnt-get-a-date-and-twitter-responded-in-a-massive-way