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In my free time I like to boldly go where no man has gone before

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French film actor Omar Sy in the June 2014 issue of French Vanity Fair

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“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.

“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”

Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.

“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime

“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”

Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.


Men and Women Do Not Have Different Brains, Claims Neuroscientist (via thegendercritic)

To say nothing of the countless ways we gender socialize children from birth, often without even realizing it. For more on this, I highly highly highly recommend the book Delusions of Gender by badass social psychologist Cordelia Fine. 

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Deconstructing Masculinity & Manhood with Michael Kimmel @ Dartmouth College

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Mark Rothko, Blue and Grey, 1962, oil on canvas
“I’m not an abstractionist… I’m not interested in relationships of color or forms… I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on… The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.”—Mark Rothko, 1956

I feel stupidly sentimental for saying this butMark Rothko always manages to make me cry.
Going to see her in October :)

"I have the emotions of a child in the body of a woman. I was rushed into womanhood for the movies. It caused me long moments of unhappiness and doubt." - Elizabeth Taylor

Eartha Kitt. Photographed by Gordon Parks. (1952)

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parents: “u should be more active”
me: image

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About that donut life

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