"The girl and the woman, in their new, individual unfolding, will only in passing be imitators of male behavior and misbehavior and repeaters of male professions. After the uncertainty of such transitions, it will become obvious that women were going through the abundance and variation of those (often ridiculous) disguises just so that they could purify their own essential nature and wash out the deforming influences of the other sex. Women, in whom life lingers and dwells more immediately, more fruitfully, and more confidently, must surely have become riper and more human in their depths than light, easygoing man, who is not pulled down beneath the surface of life by the weight of any bodily fruit and who, arrogant and hasty, undervalues what he thinks he loves. This humanity of woman, carried in her womb through all her suffering and humiliation, will come to light when she has stripped off the conventions of mere femaleness in the transformations of her outward status, and those men who do not yet feel it approaching will be astonished by it. Someday (and even now, especially in the countries of northern Europe, trustworthy signs are already speaking and shining), someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, but something in itself, something that makes one think not of any complement and limit, but only life and reality: the female human being." Rilke
“I like that I stick out. I was watching “Valentine’s Day” on the plane recently. I have a tiny part in that movie. I was watching all the women — Jessica Biel, and Emma Roberts, and Jennifer Garner and Julia Roberts. They are gorgeous women, and I don’t want to take anything away from them, but they all do have a very classical look, with a very thin nose. I’m watching this parade of these faces and then, boom, it was my face, and I was taken aback. I was like, “Oh, my nose is so big!” I have never in my life thought I had a big nose, but, well, there it was.
The first time I was on TV, on “Flight of the Conchords,” someone put up a YouTube clip and said, “You’re too ugly to be on TV.” And I was like, “That is exactly why it’s a good thing that I’m on TV.” - Kristen Schaal, goddess
I love reading about intelligent and civilized debate :) Cheers to the 14 women and 2 men from both sides of the aisle who are genuinely collaborating to find solutions to the problem of sexual violence and abuse in the military.
Sarah Allen led the team of programmers that developed Flash video player. Now she is the CEO of Blazing Cloud, creating software and design for mobile devices.
On All Things Considered, Sarah talks about how she fell in love with coding, why she is encouraging more women to work in the field, and how some firms hire a woman as a “window dressing.”
My fave thing Sarah said is that coding is a great career for working parents:
Allen says, being a programmer has been a great career for her as a mom. Allen is married and has a 15-year-old son. “The women that I went to college with who are lawyers or doctors had a much harder time raising a family. They have to be there at certain times. I had an incredible amount of freedom, especially because I worked as a coder when I was a new mom and then I can work whenever I want, wherever I want,” she says.
Amy Poehler on the massive amount of media that we, and I think even more so for young people, consume. Coverage of the Boston bombing, sensational media, etc.
She distinguishes between media which we “use” to provoke a specific reaction, and media which we promotes genuine connection and learning. A fine distinction, I think, but really important.
I heard an awesome debate on this subject, on NPR, when a man was killed on a subway track in NYC and the Post published heartbreaking cell phone pictures of the man clinging to the edge of the track seconds before he was struck. A journalist defended the photos saying that they help the public understand the tragedy and hopefully act to prevent repeats of it. The counter is that the photos exploit the horrible accident and disrespect the man’s family.
A young sikh woman, Naveen, describes and shows her religious practice to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls show. Composed and proud and defending her misunderstood (and mis-pronounced) religion. In other episodes Amy interviews a Cherokee girl, a drag racer, an archaeologist, a glassblower, and other young women doing their thangs.
And snaps to Amy Poehler for the Smart Girls project. She describes it as, “the show that celebrates individuals who are changing the world by being themselves,” but the title is more specific :) Website and more videos here.