What Kate Beckinsale Just Said Will Make You Stand Up and Cheer -- If You Are a Woman

November 28, 2017
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Earlier this year I shared the 5 reasons why you should follow Kate on Insta and they are all still true. For a refresher, click here. Now you can add one more reason to that list: Kate has got your back. This morning 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). And that women much younger would wish they looked as good as her, blah, blah, blah. And 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.

 

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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I know, right!!! Norma Rae couldn't have said it better herself. Kate had me at "schadenfreude" and then picked me up again in a big way at "Fear of YOU." Nothing like a woman going balls out to express exactly how she feels. Doesn't matter if you're 55, 44 (which is Kate's actual age, in case you missed it), 32, 25 or 12. You are enough exactly as you are. If I had a daughter I would blow this up to 16 x 20 and put it on her wall, so she would never forget to ignore those who would try to steal her power by diminishing her in the most insignificant and superficial ways.

Share this with your best friends today. And if they begin to doubt it, even for a second, remind them -- you got it from a straight up wizard.