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Quote: Emma Watson

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‘I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about’.

‘I thought, if people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity’.

‘My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder’.

‘Yes, I will put it out there – I will work for anyone for free if they’re prepared to make their clothing Fair Trade and organic. It’s really hard to get people interested in it’.

‘I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything’.

‘If anyone else played Hermione, it would actually kill me’.

 ‘If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be a lot freer’.

‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

‘For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that man and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes’.

‘Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals’.

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Quote: Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey-Deschanel-Tommy-Hilfiger-Collection‘I’m a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome – because you get more practice.’

‘One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth.’

‘I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.’

‘I like old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I’m an old-fashioned gal.’

‘True love that lasts forever… yes, I do believe in it. My parents have been married for 40 years and my grandparents were married for 70 years. I come from a long line of true loves.’

‘A lot of people work out to be skinny. That’s so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman.’

‘You can’t expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding.’

‘I’m into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn’t feel true, I don’t want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that’s why I don’t always fit into the world of performing arts.’

‘If I’m going to be ‘too’ anything, ‘too cute’ is fine. I love puppies. So what? Who hates puppies?’

‘It’s nice that there are movies and songs about romance – it’s what motivates us as human beings. I’m all for being brainwashed by rom-coms.’

‘You don’t have to wear expensive clothes to look good.’

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Books: Stepford Wives

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Stepford Wives This week’s book recommendation is The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin (published in 1972). I picked up this book, again like last week, from The Works. I was interested in the book because I enjoyed the 2004 Stepford Wives film that starred Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick immensely and I assumed, correctly, that this book inspired the film. The story is very much a feminist tale squeezed into a Novella-sized book. It’s the perfect book for light reading despite its hard-hitting message about the position of women in society.

Joanna Eberhart, our protagonist here, is a very stubborn woman willing to fight for her values. When her personality hits the town of Stepford, it’s certain that she’s going to find it difficult to overlook a number of suspicious circumstances. The book documents the struggle she has with the beautiful people living in serene Stepford and the façade of the town’s faultless appearance paired with the upkeep of her natural feminist values and her dislike of the archaic, and in her eyes, sexist, local Mens’ Association as well as test her relationship with her somewhat unsupportive husband.

InsideI hope it’s not cheating if I enter the novel’s blurb here, after all why should I replace it when it already does a perfect job:

‘The women of Stepford are not all that they seem… All the beautiful people live in idyllic Stepford, Connecticut, an affluent, suburban Eden populated with successful, satisfied husbands and beautiful, dutiful wives. For Joanna Eberhart, newly arrived with her husband and two children, it all seems too good to be true – from the sweet Welcome Wagon lady to all those cheerful, friendly faces in the supermarket checkout lines.

But beneath the town’s flawless surface, something is sordid and wrong – something abominable, with its roots in the local Mens’ Association. And it may already be too late for Joanna to save herself from being devoured by Stepford’s hideous perfection.’

A classic in its own right, this novella is really worth checking out. I’m a terribly slow reader and it usually takes me a while to finish a book, The Stepford Wives is one book I can proudly say sits on the very short list of books I read and finished in one day.

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Quote: Sarah Michelle Gellar

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sarah-michelle-gellar-06 ‘Normal is such a hard word to use, because everyone’s idea of normal is different. Real is what the word is. I think you either live a real life or you live a weird celebrity pseudolife. I think I lead a really real life’.

‘Ultimately you want to do something in life that people will remember. And with Buffy, I did that. I don’t feel like I need to achieve something. I just do it because it’s fun. And that takes the pressure off’.

‘My biggest complaint is school when it’s Send-the-roses day. Somebody’s always left out. I always got roses, but I would give them to someone who hadn’t gotten any’.

‘I am militant about drugs. You want to do ’em? You’re out of my life’.

‘I don’t call myself a feminist because feminism has a negative connotation. It makes you think of women who don’t shave their legs. But feminism is not just about not being weak. It’s about being able to take care of yourself. Just because you might care about what you look like or what the opposite sex thinks of you, it doesn’t make you not a feminist, although it’s a word I hate. Do I consider myself a strong female individual? Uh-huh. Can I take care of myself? Yes.’

‘You’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try’.

sarah-michelle-gellar-chanel-dinner-at-tribeca-hq-12-1500‘To me, the scariest elements of horror films are the things that could really happen. And what is more scary than high school? … What I like about the show [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] is that it reminds you it’s O.K. to be different. What people think isn’t necessarily true. If people walk away with half of that, we’ve done our job’.

‘I have good friends, gay couples, who’ve been together for 18 years. It drives me crazy that in the eyes of the law, their love isn’t acknowledged when I have girlfriends who have married four times by the age of 25’.

‘I think the best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten is to trust myself and go for my dreams. I got that from my mom’.

‘I love books. I’m constantly afraid we’re moving into this digital era where books are going to go away, and to me books are the basis to everything in life. Reading is how we function. It’s not just creative imagination and creative play, it’s how we function as human beings, as human adults, and if you can instil that at a young age then that’s a skill they’ll have for life’.

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