"My mother instilled in me that you don’t apologise for being a woman. There’s no apology in my femininity."
-Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o
SHIRLEY TEMPLE (13 April 1928 - 10 February 2014)
Who was the biggest box office draw of 1938? Not Clark Gable, who had been dubbed “The King of Hollywood”. Not Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the wildly popular dancing couple. It was Shirley Temple, the 10-year-old child star who beat them to first place. She was called “America’s Darling”, and for good reason. Shirley’s films, made during the Great Depression, were a way for America to forget about their troubles. This adorable little kid captured the imaginations of the country, and everyone from the man on the street corner to President Roosevelt loved her. The box office successes of Shirley Temple’s movies single-handedly saved 20th Century Fox Studios, and without her, none of their later successes, such as Star Wars, would have come into being. She stopped believing in Santa Claus at the age of six after she met him and he asked for her autograph, showing how widespread her impact in movies was. Shirley also was part of possibly the first interracial dance portrayed on-screen. After she outgrew films, She became a diplomat for the US, and managed to carve out another career for herself. Shirley battled breast cancer and was one of the first women to speak openly about the subject, thus encouraging other women to do the same. Her passing marks not just a sad event, but the end of an era, as she was undoubtedly the most beloved star of the 1930’s.
Rest in peace, Shirley. Thank you so much for making millions of people happy during the darkest times of the Depression, and thank you for all that you have done.
“ Asking women to respect themselves in order to ‘earn’ the right to be treated like a human being is total horseshit. But suggesting that you have the right to treat her exactly as you please because she didn’t adhere to your archaic views of feminine propriety is misogyny, plain and simple. ”
“ I love tattooed women, maybe because they are uncontrollable, they are themselves to the point of drawing symbols of their power on their skin. Talk about owning your own body, being in your body, claiming yourself. I love it. When the world is in an uproar over whether women should have a choice or not when it comes to their own bodies, being tattooed is one of the most visible choices of all. ”
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“ Rather than fighting for every woman’s right to feel beautiful, I would like to see the return of a kind of feminism that tells women and girls everywhere that maybe it’s all right not to be pretty and perfectly well behaved. That maybe women who are plain, or large, or old, or differently abled, or who simply don’t give a damn what they look like because they’re too busy saving the world or rearranging their sock drawer, have as much right to take up space as anyone else.
I think if we want to take care of the next generation of girls we should reassure them that power, strength and character are more important than beauty and always will be, and that even if they aren’t thin and pretty, they are still worthy of respect. That feeling is the birthright of men everywhere. It’s about time we claimed it for ourselves. ”
Walt Disney with Harriet Burns, the first woman hired by Walt Disney Imagineering
“ Never believe a man can change a woman
Those men are pretenders
that they created woman
from one of their ribs
Woman does not emerge from a man’s rib’s, not ever,
it’s he who emerges from her womb… ”
The only way to respond when someone asks you “why do you write strong female characters.”