Aiya Van Kooten everyone
When Aiya Van Kooten stood face-to-face with a burglar in her bedroom, her left eye twitched, then she went into “predator mode”.
“I screamed at him… jumped off my chair, leaped over my bed and sprinted after him down the stairs,” she said.
This is the best story of my life
“Although she was the only one home, Van Kooten said she had no regard for her safety - instead, she said she was just overwhelmed with “rage“….. ummmmm Hero!!!
Haha, badass Muslim woman. Love it!!!
This lady is so awesome. She lives with her grandma and was studying and had a towel on her head and no shoes but she chased them out of her garden, kicked one up the arse as he climbed a fence, they dropped a camera and laptop, she flagged down a passing driver to help her continue the pursuit, and they finally caught one of them in a park and pinned him as the police arrived. Now she’s going to visit the burglar in prison for the next few months to help with his rehabilitation.
So in summary:
This lady doesn’t just defend her home and loved ones, she will hunt you down, team up with other skilled individuals, get you put away, and then teach you the consequences of your actions until you’re a valuable member of society once more.
Seriously she’s a frigging superhero.
Lady Sif Visits the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
artist witches (requested by observing-the-graphic and an anon) | the things that they draw come to life, if they want them to. they shape their world with pens and paint as well as with magic. they create beauty, and if that’s not magic then what is?
New favourite superheroes.
will reblog every time. So badass.
"Do we look different from other people in our moments of fear and vulnerability? Bruises, blood, tears, shaking hands…do we not present these human reactions to trauma in the same way as people of other races? While a White man, IN PARTICULAR might not have been presented with an open door by a homeowner who found him on her doorstep at 2am, surely the police would have been able to determine that he was not guilty of anything but saving his own life following a car accident. And we can safely assume that a White woman in Renisha’s place would be more likely to get a cup of cocoa and an ibuprofen than a bullet through her skull."
Quote is from her essay Stay Black, Die on Ebony. To answer that first question, yes, to most Whites we look “different” and not as people (at all) worth empathy. Research has shown that they empathize less with us, do not take our pain seriously, feel that we can handle more pain than other people and view our bodies in public space or near them as an immediate threat. And that last sentence, when she gets to the part about how a White woman would be treated makes me see RED since I wrote about a White woman invading my home and property and calling me “rude,” yet lived to tell the tale versus Renisha McBride simply needing help and was executed.
"I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, “Is that OK?” after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like “mark my words” like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that? I love mothers who teach their children that listening is often better than talking. I love obedient daughters who absorb everything—being perceptive can be more important than being expressive. I love women who love sex and realize that sexual experience doesn’t have to be the source of their art. I love women who love sex and can write about it in thoughtful, creative ways that don’t exploit them, as many other people will use sex to exploit them. I love women who know how to wear menswear."
December VogueGame of Thrones star Emilia Clarke puts down her sword and slips on some Dior as she talks to Violet Henderson about being our favourite Dragon Lady.
Zhang Jingna has a different spread featured in ISSUE 22 - Books & Looks - http://bit.ly/DBM_22
Photographer: Zhang Jingna (zemotion)
Designer: Michelle Hebert
Hair: Kelsey Petersen
Makeup: Lindsey Rivera
Model: Kalli Keith
Assistants: Andre Wijono, Tobias Kwan, Michelle Herbert
Makpal Abdrazakova with her eagle Akzhelke, from Kazakhstan. She is also the only female golden eagle hunter in her country.
“The bird can be difficult, but if she gets used to her master, who tames her, she learns,” said Makpal. “She begins to understand human language, and further training is easy. If the bird has a good relationship with someone, she begins to see the person within her master. People often ask me if it is difficult to be the only female among men hunters. I’ve grown accustomed to this. Elders and respected hunters blessed me some time ago and I’m still getting their support. They teach me things and now welcome me for competitions. We hope that in future the number of women berkutchi will grow. It will be good for the sport.”
More info here: http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/06/kazakhstans-lone-female-eagle-hunter/
"it’s customary to think that eagle hunting is inherently the province of men. But that’s not true. And the title of the only female eagle hunter in Kazakhstan is not exactly correct. I mean, it’s true for the current day, but there were women-berkutchi in Kazakhstan before me. I know that in Almaty there are elderly women who were famed for their skill at kusbegi." - Makpal Abdrazakova
Makpal and her father are currently training three new girls (8, 12 and 15 years old) in the art of eagle hunting. (source)
Deep sea diving in a wheelchair! Artist Sue Austin takes her wheels underwater to combat limiting views of disability.