Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.
I really like this answer to the post I just made.
I wrote, Why is it that sometimes the people you love the most make you feel the worst?
and this person responded, Because you hold them so high sometimes, that it’s a far drop down when they let go.
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
How can you tell whether a movie does a sucky job with its female characters? Well, pretty easily really: If it can’t answer the three questions asked in this video, then it fails the Bechdel Test.
Here’s what the test is, who created it, and why it’s important for lady representation in movies.