Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.
(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).
“They say for every light on Broadway there is a broken heart, an
unrealized dream. And that’s the same in any profession. So you have
to want it more than anyone else, and you have to be your own
champion, be your own superstar, blaze your own path, say yes to
opportunity, follow your instincts, be eager, and passionate, keep
learning, nurture your real, lasting relationships, don’t be a jerk, and
free your imagination so you can become all that you want to be.”
Portraits Of Boston Marathon survivors see runners returning to the finish line to look back. See more of these inspiring photos here.
- Relatives of victims of the genocide grieve during a memorial event.
- Soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Front rebel group inspect the wreckage of the plane shot down April 6, 1994, killing Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira. The attack on the plane sparked the genocide in Rwanda, in which more than half a million people were killed in just three months.
- A brother and sister find each other after a reunion of families separated during the genocide.
- A crowd of mostly Tutsi civilians, seeking protection against Hutu militiamen, sit in the Saite Famille Catholic church in the then government controlled part of Kigali, listening to a member of the security services address them. Over several months, many people were taken from Sainte Famille church and killed by Hutu militiamen, who maintained checkpoints around the church during the genocide.
- One of the many houses marked with the word “Tutsi” stands in a deserted village in eastern Rwanda, just a few kilometers from a church at Nyarubuye in which more than 1,000 people were massacred by Hutu militiamen.
- Civilians wounded during the genocide recover in a makeshift hospital in the Sainte Famille church in Kigali, Rwanda.
- Thousands of mostly Hutu refugees fled across the border to Congo (then Zaire) in the face of the advancing Rwanda Patriotic Front, in the last days of the genocide. Among them were Rwandan soldiers and militamen who had taken part in the genocide.
We must never forget the devastation that happened 20 years ago today in Rwanda.