Badass women: 10 August 2017
Hilary Duff, My Better Self's Louise, Divya Spandana, Cinta Tort Cartró and Sharon Sawyer are not here for body-shaming chauvinists
Hilary Duff told body shamers to "kiss my ass" in an Instagram post, earlier this week. "Since websites and magazines love to share 'celeb flaws' – well I have them! My body has given me the greatest gift of my life: Luca, 5 years ago," she wrote. "I'm turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go."
"Ladies, let's be proud of what we've got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed," she added. "You guys (you know who you are!) already know how to ruin a good time, and now you are body shamers as well. #kissmyass." Boom.
Louise of mybetter_self
Louise, who's a regular gym-goer, saw a woman keep her long-sleeved top on at the gym despite it being too hot for long sleeves. When asked why she didn't take it off, the woman told Louise that she wasn't comfortable with taking her top off because a guy had once accused her of only wanting to show off her body.
"So guys can train shirtless but women would not have the right to work out in a sports bra?" Louise wrote on Instagram. "HELL YES YOU CAN GIRL. Do not let anyone tell you how you should behave. Sports bras have been created FOR this purpose, so please, do not feel ashamed wearing it at the gym, especially when it is so warm. For your health, for your comfort, and even more simply for yourself."
A woman named Varnika Kundu recently said that she was stalked, chased and almost kidnapped by two men while she was driving home in Chandigarh, India after Midnight on Saturday. After she lodged a police report, Ramveer Bhatti, the state vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blamed the incident on her, saying that she shouldn't have been out late.
Politician and actress Divya Spandana was outraged with Bhatti's comment and decided to turn it into a social media movement, using the hashtag #AintNoCinderella. "This ain't the first time men in this country have made such regressive statements about women," she told ELLE US. "We had finally had had enough. And I came up with hashtag because this whole not being out after midnight could only be from a Cinderella! It's 2017, for god's sake!"
Cinta Tort Cartró
Cinta is an artist who colours in the stretch marks on women's bodies as a way of spreading self-love. According to Bustle, she currently paints on herself, her friends and friends of friends.
"Stretch marks are marks that many of us have on our skin," she said. "I spent years hating them and trying to find a way to erase them, until I realised that if I didn't accept them, I wasn't accepting myself."
"Stretchmarks are a part of our essence, our moments, our lives, our stories and of ourselves. They are so beautiful that I can't understand how we are convinced to hate them. Looking at them is therapeutic. Don't let anyone mess with everything you have and everything you are. Loving oneself is a revolutionary act," Cinta said.
A Marks & Spencer customer named Sharon Sawyer recently called out the department store for its toilet sign that implied only women care for children – the women's toilet sign had a baby next to the woman (wearing pink! Obviously!) while the men's toilet sign was of a man wearing a necktie. "I expected being a family store that you understood that families very much share children's needs and personal care, not just women," Sharon wrote on a Facebook post that has since been removed. "It's sexist for all concerned, men and women. Symbols mean a lot."
The retailer then responded with: "Our baby changing facilities are in a unisex area and we also provide a baby changing mat in both the male and female toilet facilities" before adding that they'll be updating the signs with a child next to the man.