So this went viral and rightly so.
I am loving the diversity of color, age, body, and ability shown in this video; all women are represented. This video is not about the male gaze, it is not about making grown full-figured women look like little girls or perpetual teens. It is about embracing the curve and the strength of the full-figured female form. A call to action, encouraging woman to take of themselves FOR themselves and not for others. Loving the message and every inch of this video. It is exciting to see this come out and get as much attention as it has; I hope this leads to major change regarding how we see women and what we expect of women. I know it has already changed me. Exciting!
A very warm and excited welcome to Candice Ashley, the newest Minus The Box blogger. Candice will be sharing her warmth and humor with us on a variety of topics. We look forward to her contributions.
Candice Ashley is an atypical twenty something Long Island to LA transplant. She is currently working as an engineer in the aerospace industry. Candice is a miss of all trades. She dabbles in new fun experiences all on the spectrum of re-grouting her bathroom to samba dancing. Her idea of a nature hike is rummaging in clearance section of Nordstrom Rack (which is a monthly staple event). She is warm, enchanting and is on the journey to self mastery.
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Diana is a writer who was born and raised in New York City. As a child, she was the classic latchkey kid. She loved reading magazines like Cricket, and grew into a high school student who loved writing poetry and short stories. As childhood gave way to adulthood, Diana’s writing retained a creative zeal while writing non-fiction. Diana’s college experience trained her to write information not only based on fact, but also to evaluate those facts with a playful, critical mind. The combination created an approachable but not fanciful writing style.
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I will keep this short and sweet. I’m a social activist that despairs of political alliances. I feel that politics is one of the worst things that can happen to a government. It’s so plainly seen in our current world, so deeply polarized in shades of black and white, like armies across a chessboard prepared to do battle. What checkmate will bring, I’m not entirely sure, but I am certain that’s not what democracy is about.
That being said, I want to celebrate Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis, a woman that stood for nearly thirteen hours without leaning, sitting, or bathroom breaks. Outfitted in a smart suit and bright pink tennis shoes. A woman who spoke of women’s health and how the pursuit of happiness is nothing without the freedom of choice. A woman who was faced by the row of faces staring her down but did not waver in her stature nor falter in her words.
And, when she was shut down, the room stood up with her. Senator Leticia Van De Putte, after spending the day at her father’s funeral, took the podium and challenged those who would silence her. “At what point does a female senator need to raise her voice to be heard over the male colleagues in the room?” she demanded. The crowd raised their voices in unison until the clock struck past midnight.
My Facebook feed is a long sweep of celebration, people raising their glass to Wendy Davis (as well as cheering for the death of DOMA, but that’s another article for another day). I see fists in the air, smiling faces, people standing side by side (metaphorically speaking) and I have am proud and honored to stand alongside them.
This is what Wonder Woman must feel like every day.
Why? Cause it is Thursday and still not Friday. Need I say more! Heads up folks, heads up!