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Hey Ladies, What Kate Beckinsale Just Said Will Make You Stand Up and Cheer

By: Juliet

November 29, 2017

Ladies, if you need a pick me up then Underworld actress Kate Beckinsale has got your back. 

Earlier this week, I saw some paparazzi photos of Kate in the Daily Mail and chuckled to myself when I noticed they had gotten one important detail about her very, very wrong. 

They were talking about the usual, what an enviable body she has "especially for a woman her age" (that was the not so subtle subtext of the message).

Well, the really spectacular thing is that Kate is having none of it. If you're in need of some inspiration right now, relax. You're about to get it. Bigtime. Look:

I mostly don’t see things like this but it was sent to me with some mirth and while,yes,it can be funny to read untrue things about yourself ,I’ve been aware for years,,(with this newspaper but by no means confined to it),of how the glee in shaming women , often with lies like this,is so much darker and further reaching than enjoying a little schadenfreude that some model looks rough without makeup.The tactic to create cultural shame for things that are truly beyond our control,for example GAINING WEIGHT WHEN PREGNANT,HAVING SHORT LEGS OR BIG ANKLES,OR LOWER BOOBS THAN A BARBIE,AGEING,HAVING BIG EARS/LONG TOES,,BEING MENOPAUSAL,is an archaic but pretty clever trick. It’s mostly hitting females when they are objectively at their most powerful,creating life,growing into themselves emotionally and intellectually, and the knee jerk rush to bully her body in pregnancy and afterwards,her age, her cellulite, hacking a phone for private photos and mocking her vagina,trickles down from the one shamed woman and leaks into our whole culture,becomes a source of shame to be avoided by all women,all of us participating in this flight from shame ABOUT the stuff that makes women women.Let’s resist being distracted and tormented by what our bodies are naturally doing and free that energy for joy and to effect change.It’s not going to stop tomorrow.A whole raft of women will be picked apart for a million things tomorrow.I urge us all,as females,to see it for what it is.Fear of YOU.Fear of the magical mystery shit a woman can do with her magical body.Fear of what she can withhold or bestow.It’s the same impulse to reduce the power of a pretty girl who wouldn’t date you in school by becoming a big boss and getting your penis out at a meeting it made you feel powerful to set,knowing what you were going to do.It’s fear.Don’t let it in.Let’s see it as fear and try to mend it together,rationally and peacefully.I’m not manbashing.I’m not even newspaper bashing.I just want to get to where this nonsense feels as archaic as smoking on planes-we put up with it,it harmed us,and we don’t miss it .I turned eleven years older over Thanksgiving. You should listen to me.I’m a straight up wizard.

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Isn't she right? Norma Rae couldn't have said it better herself. Kate had me at "schadenfreude," and then she picked me up again in a big way at "fear of YOU."

There is nothing like a woman going out of her way to express exactly how she feels. It doesn't matter if you're 55 or 25. Kate is actually 44, by the way. The bottom line is that you are enough exactly the way you are. 

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