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Photo above from “the failblog”. 
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All these crybabies lately on the news, internet, etc… freaking out about how horrible photoshop and makeup is because we’re changing the way we look! How horrible! …We’ve been doing this for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. It’s human nature. Move along!
HISTORY: For thousands of years we’ve been altering our appearance. In the 1550’s King Henry II of France’s wife, Catherine de’ Medici, banned “thick waists” during court attendance. This is when the corset became incredibly popular, worn by both men AND women often times making it so hard to breathe they passed out. They were used to alter their appearance during the day, but also to alter the actual shape of their bodies as they grew older. 
In Ancient Egypt, men and women both carried with them and wore cosmetics on a regular basis. Kohl was used for thick black eyeliner to make their eyes resemble that of the God Horus, makeup was considered magical and powerful. The soot in the kohl helped lessen sun damage on their eyes, and fight ocular infections from the Nile by nitric oxide strengthening their immune systems. They also used lip and cheek stain, and green eye paint made of malachite. 
Now let’s talk about infant head shaping- a practice that’s gone on since before written history. Evidence of purposeful head deformation of infants dates back to 45,000 BC in Neanderthal skulls. In 400 BC in Hippocrates’ description of the Macrocephali, the Huns, East Germanic tribes ruled by the Huns 300-600AD also adopted the practice, the Maya people… in the Toulouse region of France, voluntary skull deformations carried on until the early twentieth century.
My point? Human nature. Our minds constantly want to change, improve, modify the way we and others look. Maybe it’s not most healthy, but us freaking out and shaming people for wearing makeup or for photoshopping zits, whatever… it’s not getting us anywhere. And it’s not realistic. Humans are persistent in perfection, and can never achieve it. It’s the human condition. 

Photo above from “the failblog”. 

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All these crybabies lately on the news, internet, etc… freaking out about how horrible photoshop and makeup is because we’re changing the way we look! How horrible! …We’ve been doing this for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. It’s human nature. Move along!

HISTORY: For thousands of years we’ve been altering our appearance. In the 1550’s King Henry II of France’s wife, Catherine de’ Medici, banned “thick waists” during court attendance. This is when the corset became incredibly popular, worn by both men AND women often times making it so hard to breathe they passed out. They were used to alter their appearance during the day, but also to alter the actual shape of their bodies as they grew older. 

In Ancient Egypt, men and women both carried with them and wore cosmetics on a regular basis. Kohl was used for thick black eyeliner to make their eyes resemble that of the God Horus, makeup was considered magical and powerful. The soot in the kohl helped lessen sun damage on their eyes, and fight ocular infections from the Nile by nitric oxide strengthening their immune systems. They also used lip and cheek stain, and green eye paint made of malachite. 

Now let’s talk about infant head shaping- a practice that’s gone on since before written history. Evidence of purposeful head deformation of infants dates back to 45,000 BC in Neanderthal skulls. In 400 BC in Hippocrates’ description of the Macrocephali, the Huns, East Germanic tribes ruled by the Huns 300-600AD also adopted the practice, the Maya people… in the Toulouse region of France, voluntary skull deformations carried on until the early twentieth century.

My point? Human nature. Our minds constantly want to change, improve, modify the way we and others look. Maybe it’s not most healthy, but us freaking out and shaming people for wearing makeup or for photoshopping zits, whatever… it’s not getting us anywhere. And it’s not realistic. Humans are persistent in perfection, and can never achieve it. It’s the human condition. 

glamdamnit:

My sister asked if the events of “The Labyrinth” are meant to be Sarah dreaming, or are they real? Although my primary reaction was that she shouldn’t put that much thought into any children’s movie (or any instance of David Bowie in tight pants), I’d like to take this opportunity to put so much thought into this children’s movie, that it’ll blow your mind.
So why is David Bowie kidnapping a child from an underage Jennifer Connelley?
In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.
Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.
Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.
Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.
Jareth searches the mortal world from his from his castle, looking for her.  It does not take long to find a dark haired girl named Sarah…
This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah. (he told the current Sarah that Toby would become a goblin if she did not find him in time)
This is why he builds the maze. The magic bog, the junk yard of useless treasures, all tricks to slow Sarah down. Because if he can only have his Sarah for the time it takes for her to regain the stolen child, he will make it take as long as possible, keep her as long as possible.
This is why there exists in our world a book containing the story. Because it has happened before. So many times. At some point some lucky Sarah must have returned to our world to tell the story.
This is why when the most recent Sarah first meets Hoggle at the start of the labyrinth, and introduces herself; “I’m Sarah”, Hoggle responds “That’s what I figured.”
Because of course she’s Sarah.
They were all Sarah.

A really cool theory on the history of the Labyrinth before we watched it unfurl as told by glamdamnit.

glamdamnit:

My sister asked if the events of “The Labyrinth” are meant to be Sarah dreaming, or are they real? Although my primary reaction was that she shouldn’t put that much thought into any children’s movie (or any instance of David Bowie in tight pants), I’d like to take this opportunity to put so much thought into this children’s movie, that it’ll blow your mind.

So why is David Bowie kidnapping a child from an underage Jennifer Connelley?

In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.

Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.

Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.

Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.

Jareth searches the mortal world from his from his castle, looking for her.  It does not take long to find a dark haired girl named Sarah…

This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah. (he told the current Sarah that Toby would become a goblin if she did not find him in time)

This is why he builds the maze. The magic bog, the junk yard of useless treasures, all tricks to slow Sarah down. Because if he can only have his Sarah for the time it takes for her to regain the stolen child, he will make it take as long as possible, keep her as long as possible.

This is why there exists in our world a book containing the story. Because it has happened before. So many times. At some point some lucky Sarah must have returned to our world to tell the story.

This is why when the most recent Sarah first meets Hoggle at the start of the labyrinth, and introduces herself; “I’m Sarah”, Hoggle responds “That’s what I figured.”

Because of course she’s Sarah.

They were all Sarah.

A really cool theory on the history of the Labyrinth before we watched it unfurl as told by glamdamnit.

Chief meet

Chief meet

Native American beauty: Hoop dancer

Native American beauty: Hoop dancer


The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.

The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.

Actually that’s a lie… I also used THIS. 

HOT DANG, KidPix I love you.

Actually that’s a lie… I also used THIS. 

HOT DANG, KidPix I love you.

Do you google random fucking shit too?

I want to keep this going. My history goes as follows:

"grow up peter pan lyrics", "sweden in swedish", "i jump for cash bitch", "mariah name history", "sweetie ttoru", "que sera sera", "hookah", "rocky mugsy looney tons", "the knife heartbeats lyrics", "robyn", "prohibition", "et tu brute", "hair toner grey", "swedish ghost rider", "Schwarzenegger governor", "kärlek"

parisheroinstars:

My history goes as follows:

“How many sonnets did Shakespeare write”, “Functions of an Appendix”, “Difference between a Clinic and a Hospital”, “Salary of a Surgeon”, “Oxidation in Jewelry”, “How to prevent Peer Pressure”, etc.

Dude, I’m so random.