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Girls who can kick ass with earnest grace
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Doris Lessing about the Sufi Way

Doris Lessing reading from her 1971 article, "An Ancient Way to New Freedom".
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To Nobel-winner writer Doris Lessing, Sufi philosophy is a path which opens the individual to a new way of looking at things... "For her, the Sufi evolutionary methods provide the means that could help people transcend their limited cognitive capacity as a key to a fuller understanding of reality..." (

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Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds | Video on

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss.
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Temple Grandin is an amazing force of nature.

In this talk she explains quite well how autism works and why people with autism should be included in the process of making our world a better place.

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Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave | Video on

TED Talks Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life.
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a beautiful talk on the anatomy of domestic violence

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‘The End of Men,’ by Hanna Rosin

‘The End of Men,’ by Hanna Rosin | Badass Amazons |
Hanna Rosin argues that the revolution feminists have been waiting for is happening now, before our very eyes.


And to whom do we owe this astonishing revolution? If there is a hero in Rosin’s story, it is not women or men or progressive politics: it is the new service economy, which doesn’t care about physical strength but instead apparently favors “social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus” — things that “are, at a minimum, not predominantly the province of men” and “seem to come easily to women.” And so, “for the first time in history, the global economy is becoming a place where women are finding more success than men.”...

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Writers to watch out: "Dear Sugar" - The

Writers to watch out: "Dear Sugar" - The | Badass Amazons |

Cheryl Strayed is the author of one of the most amazing advice columns you can find in the internet.

No kidding. She writes some serious shit.

In fact, her motto couldn't be more specific about writing one's guts down fearlessly: "write like a motherfucker"...


This is what the Blogger of "The Awl" wrote about her column a few months ago:


"Last year, an anonymous writer took over the advice column Dear Sugar at The Rumpus. Soon, she’ll go public with her identity. Like many others, I’ve become obsessed with her advice. Her column isn’t about etiquette. Sugar writes about being jealous of other writers. She advises people to leave secure relationships because they just know they’re not happy. She tells about how she made it through the “thicket of shit” in her twenties. She writes about the absolute horror of grief. And it’s not about sex, either. Sugar is soooo over the idea that sex is the only way to connect emotionally or be fulfilled."


I wish I could... write like a motherfucker.

Possibly, one day I'll take all my fragilie courage together and follow her advice.

Meanwhile I just keep reading her on, and on, and on...

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50 donne che stanno cambiando il mondo

50 donne che stanno cambiando il mondo | Badass Amazons |
Dalla medicina allo Spazio, dall'informatica al business, dall'attivismo alla politica. Passando per l'arte e la comunicazione
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Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness -- from the inside | Video on

"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present.
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This woman is my new hero.

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Amazing, courageous, inspiring...

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on

TED Talks Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.


Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.

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Meryl Streep, Barnard Commencement Speaker 2010, Columbia University

Meryl Streep speaks at Barnard College, Columbia University Commencement 2010. Running transcript of speech included.


An American actress who has worked in theater, television, and film, Streep has received 16 Academy Award nominations and 15 Golden Globe nominations. She won two Oscars and seven Golden Globes. She made her first appearance in a play called The Playboy of Seville in 1971, and since then, she has been known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Mamma Mia (2007), Doubt (2008) and more recently Julie & Julia and Its Complicated in 2009.

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Love Spell: Against Endings, by Erica Jong

Love Spell: Against Endings, by Erica Jong | Badass Amazons |

All the endings in my life

rise up against me
like the sea of troubles
Shakespeare mixed
with metaphors;
like Vikings in their boats
singing Wagner,
like witches
burning at
the stake--
I submit
to my fate.


I know beginnings
their sweetnesses,
and endings,
their bitternesses--
but I do not know
I do not know
the sweet demi-boredom
of life as it lingers,
of man and wife
regarding each other
across a table of shared witnesses,
of the hand-in-hand dreams
of those who have slept
a half-century together
in a bed so used and familiar
it is rutted
with love.


I would know that
before this life closes,
a soulmate to share my roses--
I would make a spell
with long grey beard hairs
and powdered rosemary and rue,
with the jacket of a tux
for a tall man
with broad shoulders,
who loves to dance;
with one blue contact lens
for his bluest eyes;
with honey in a jar
for his love of me;
with salt in a dish
for his love of sex and skin;
with crused rose petals
for our bed;
with tubes of cerulean blue
and vermilion and rose madder
for his artist's-eye;
with a dented Land-Rover fender
for his love of travel;
with a poem by Blake
for his love of innocence
revealed by experience;
with soft rain
and a bare head;
with hand-in-hand dreams on Mondays
and the land of fuck
on Sundays;
with mangoes, papayas
and limes,
and a house towering
above the sea.


Muse, I surrender
to thee.
Thy will be done,
not mine.


If this love spell
pleases you,
send me this lover,
this husband,
this dancing partner
for my empty bed
and let him fill me
from now
until I die.


I offer my bones,
my poems,
my luck with roses,
and the secret garden
I have found
walled in my center,
and the sunflower
who raises her head
despite her heavy seeds.


I am ready now, Muse,
to serve you faithfully
even with
a graceful dancing partner--
for I have learned
to stand alone.


Give me your blessing.
Let the next
epithalamion I write
be my own.
And let it last
more than the years
of my life--
and without the least
two lovers bareheaded
in a summer rain.


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