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A letter to Angelina Jolie by an Indian Transman


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By Satya

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Dear Angelina Jolie,

Thank you for coming out. I mean about your mastectomy. You have no idea what this can mean for a transman like me who went through the exact same procedure as yours; well almost!

You didn’t have to come out, but you did. Especially since during your mastectomies you kept it private and carried on with your work. I know how difficult it gets with film producer types. I am a filmmaker in Mumbai and you won’t believe it, but once during an edit session, Mr. Moneybags, finding me alone in the cutting room, asked if we could compare our d*** sizes! He giggled and said he hadn’t ever seen one of someone who has had a sex change operation.

Your piece in the New York Times ‘My Medical Choice’, undoubtedly must have been that  – a medical choice. You spent three months, since this February, on a procedure called ‘Preventive Bilateral Mastectomy; ‘Preventive’ since you are the carrier of the BRCA1 gene that puts you at 87% risk of breast cancer and 50% risk of ovarian cancer. I spent several years trying to convince doctors that I needed a mastectomy for preventive reasons too. Years of forced living in a gender identity that wasn’t my own, began to immobilize me. In a society that understands only two genders and in a medical system that sees abnormality in everything outside of it, going on is eventually impossible. But your risk of celebrity cancer turned out to be higher than my risk of a commoner suicide. Still, I am happy for you. The mere idea that someone can remove their breasts, at 87% risk or no risk, is just good enough for me for now.

And of course you wrote this piece for women! And I am hoping that you meant transwomen too, some of whom I know would kill to have your new breast implants. How atrocious is the idea being peddled that you wrote it to benefit the Pink Lotus Breast Centre, where your procedure was performed, or for the biotech company, Myriad Genetics, which owns a patent on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes giving them exclusive right to develop diagnostic tests for, at a current cost of more than $3000 in the USA. The fact that most breast cancer seems to be sporadic and has nothing to do with a BRCA1 mutation, pales beautifully in front of your sheer courage to talk about your own mastectomy in the media.

It is interesting though that all the media attention has been on your courage in losing your breasts, and not equally on your desire to have them reconstructed. Your doctors could have expected you to simply get back to the business of life without them. After all they were lost to a very high possibility of a most dreaded disease. But they didn’t. If you were non accepting of your loss, they could have put you through that monster of an American psychiatric-diagnostic-manual called ‘DSM-4 ‘ to prove your mental illness and therefore the need to cure you through breast reconstruction. But they didn’t. On the contrary, they became your facilitators. They saw you, as you saw yourself, a woman, one with those very definitive markers of femininity : breasts. Why do cosmetic surgeries for women skip the pathologisation that is mandatory for trans people all over the world? Why is it that medicine cannot facilitate trans people in the same way and grant them the same dignity of self identity?

Just like many of my trans brothers, sisters and lovers, I become complicit. I agreed to pathologize my gender identity. I agreed to let the psychiatrist issue me a certificate for Gender Identity Dysphoria [GID]. If I was to lose my breasts, I needed those gatekeepers to let me in. You had the BRCA1 to open the big wide doors of reconstructive surgery for you. And I had my GID certificate. I let them say, I am mentally ill. I let them say it on paper. I signed on an affidavit stating this was my consent and that I was totally responsible for whatever the surgeries would result in.

In a world with greater understanding, removing my breasts should have been seen as my ‘aesthetic choice’ ; a choice exercised in the severely limited societal understanding of gender, as being either only male or only female. But you’d agree that medicine being organized on the central idea of disease or, as you now have made so public, the possibility of it, is ill equipped at the moment, for such fine abstractions as mine. I knew success when I saw my psychiatrist scribble on his over qualified letterhead: “Diagnosis: G.I.D.’ Just like you, I too finally, made a ‘medical choice’. That I was as smart in 1997, as you are in 2013, makes me feel rather pleased with myself! Perhaps, this is a sign? Perhaps I will be a celebrity soon! Perhaps I will meet you at the next Cannes film festival and we can rule the world together?! Two Celebrity Bilateral Mastectomy Survivors, with reconstructed breasts on one, is better than none?! No?!

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Re-posted from THE TIMES OF INDIA

The author Satya is the founder & facilitator of the Indian Trans Group, Sampoorna.

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Nail art: style signature of a fashion diva!


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Antonia Rapheal

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By Antonia Rapheal

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Beautifully decorated nails are the ultimate fashion statement, a hallmark of a true Fashionista. For those of you who have read my previous posts, you are quite aware that my fashion philosophy is simple; discover your unique personal style. Don’t be a mannequin for other people’s fashion ideas but create your own style. Confidence is the one must have accessory of every woman (read my previous post) and nothing oozes confidence like your own personal style.

nail extensions with nail art (Photo credit - nailsbylisa) - resized
nail extensions with nail art (Photo credit: nailsbylisa)

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Manicure (Photo credit: trec_lit)

Day 19: Galaxy Nails (Photo credit: NailsandNoms)
Day 19: Galaxy Nails (Photo credit: NailsandNoms)

Manicure (Photo credit: kodomut)
Manicure (Photo credit: kodomut)

cindy.shot for sch project (Photo credi - starapon)Nail art according to me is the ultimate form of personal expression. Nothing spells a character like painted nails that are a work of art. The combinations are endless with your imagination being the limit, from pale one tone simple polish, to elegant nail art, or eye-catching colours and even bold nail art using feathers etc.

The only tip I can offer is, practice makes perfect, there really is no substitute for dedication, time and effort. For quick DIY salon quality nail art the only option is nail wraps and nail stickers.

Feather (Photo credit: Katt Claws)
Feather (Photo credit: Katt Claws)

Manicure (Photo credit: firexbrat)
Manicure (Photo credit: firexbrat)

Nail wraps need to be heated for 3 seconds using a hair dryer and you need to snip off excess and trim the edge with a file.

Nail stickers can be peeled and stuck directly to clean dry polished nails. A topcoat does the job of sealing it.

How long your style creations last will depend on the quality of products used and the stresses you subject your nails to. Washing dishes in hot water, swimming in the ocean, etc., can greatly shorten the life of your nail art.

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nail extensions with nail art (Photo credit: nailsbylisa)

Nail polishes (Photo credit: The Style PA)
Nail polishes (Photo credit: The Style PA)
Nail Art in Vietnam (Photo credit: kittynailpolish)
Nail Art in Vietnam (Photo credit: kittynailpolish)
full house nail art (Photo credit: borispumps)
full house nail art (Photo credit: borispumps)

Simple tricks for an instant diva style:

#1 Use tape to create patterns and shapes.
Cut a pattern (heart, square, triangle etc.) out of the tape and then tape it around your nail. Apply a different colour nail polish over this, peel the tape and you should have a clear image of your pattern on your nail. Apply topcoat and you are done. Using strips of tape or sticker you can create various patterns.

# 2 Two tone polish
Painting your nails with two different colours of polish is easy and gives a very stylish look. Using toothpicks or hairpins with the rounded edges you can create dots. You can either cover your nails with dots or just the corners.

For more complex nail art you can Google tube videos where talented nail technicians share their secrets but be prepared to arm yourself with a professional nail art kit.

Quick drying tips:

#1 Use a dry fast topcoat.

The Internet is abounding with tips raging form hilarious (soaking nails in ice cold water for 5 mins!) to positively ridiculous (sticking your fingers in the freezer!), nothing works better or safer than a dry fast topcoat.

If passing the time is your concern since we all know how entertaining sitting with your hands and feet in front of you can be, here are some ideas.

#2 Paint your nails just before you sit on your computer, works if you prefer short nails. We spend at least ½ hour if not more surfing the web, checking posts on FB, reading my blog…

#3 Set yourself up with your favorite music (not the kind that makes you jump up and touch everything) and lie down and relax. Get a little sun in the garden or watch a movie.

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Warning: Nail art is addictive! Once unleashed there is no stopping the nail art diva within you! I would love to hear and see your creations!

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Re-posted from the AUSSIE FASHION BLOG

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Mirror, mirror


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Rob  .. by Rob

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“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

“Depends what you mean by ‘fairest’, Luv. Some folk mean ‘blonde’ when they say ‘fair’. Others mean ‘just’ or ‘sporting’ or ‘egalitarian’.”

“You’re a magic mirror: I’m consulting you about beauty. Am I not the most gorgeous creature in the world?”

“I think ‘creature’ is a mistake, to be honest, Luv. This is difficult enough without getting non-species specific.”

“All right! Am I the most beautiful woman in the world then?”

“Of course you are.”

“Why ‘of course’?”

“You own me. I’ve made a judgement that you want to be the most beautiful. Therefore, you are the most beautiful.”

“But am I REALLY the most beautiful?”

“Well, I think so, of course, but these things are very subjective.”

“That’s not good enough. I want you to tell me that I’m REALLY the most beautiful.”

“You’re REALLY the most beautiful.”

“But would you still say that if I didn’t own you?”

“Of course.”

“But would you still say that if someone else owned you?”

“Yes.”

“But wouldn’t she, your new owner, I mean, wouldn’t she want you to say that she was the most beautiful?”

“Possibly.”

“So what would you say then?”

“Look Luv, I’m doing my best here. My job is to please. I don’t know what my new owner looks like. Isn’t it enough that you’re the most beautiful owner I know?”

“Am I not the only owner you know?”

“Well, strictly speaking, yes, but I think you’re beautiful.”

“What’s the point in having a magic mirror, if I can’t get a straight answer?”

“With respect Luv, you don’t want a straight answer.”

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Re-posted from Mental Gymnastics ~ challenge your world-view

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50 Adjectives of Beautiful: The Story of Lizzie Velasquez


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The stares are what I’m really dealing with in public right now, … But I think I’m getting to the point where instead of sitting by and watching people judge me, I’m starting to want to go up to these people and introduce myself or give them my card and say, ‘Hi, I’m Lizzie. Maybe you should stop staring and start learning’.”
Lizzie Velasquez

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Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus defines the adjective “beautiful” as “physically attractive” and has a host of synonyms:

admirable, alluring, angelic, appealing, beauteous, bewitching, charming, classy, comely, cute, dazzling, delicate, delightful, divine, elegant, enticing, excellent, exquisite, fair, fascinating, fine, foxy, good-looking, gorgeous, graceful, grand, handsome, ideal, lovely, magnificent, marvelous, nice, pleasing, pretty, pulchritudinous, radiant, ravishing, refined, resplendent, shapely, sightly, splendid, statuesque, stunning, sublime, superb, symmetrical, taking, well-formed, wonderful.

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Medical journals and men’s magazines publish photos of women, but the pictures would be aesthetically pleasing differently because of their unrelated motivations. Though the journal is more revealing, the magazine has the allure.

Roget’s Thesaurus defines the adjective “ugly” as “unattractive” and has synonyms:

animal, appalling, awful, bad-looking, beastly, deformed, disfigured, foul, frightful, grisly, gross, grotesque, hard-featured, hideous, homely, horrid, ill-favored, loathsome, misshapen, monstrous, not much to look at, plain, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, uncomely, uninviting, unlovely, unprepossessing, unseemly, unsightly.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Lizzie Velasquez, four weeks premature weighed just 2 pounds 10 ounces (1.190 kg), and she has a rare genetic disorder. She has no adipose tissue to create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. The doctors told her parents that their child would never be able to walk or talk, or live a normal life.

Only two other people throughout the world have a similar ailment. Lizzie does not have body fat and weighs a mere 63 pounds (28.58  kilograms). At the age of four one brown eye started clouding and now blind in that eye, she and has only limited sight in the other. However, the syndrome did not affect her two younger siblings.

Despite what the doctors said, she thrived. Though her body is tiny, her bones, internal organs, and brain developed normally. However, she has no fatty tissue to store nutrients and to have enough energy to get through the day she has to eat every 15 minutes or so.

When Lizzie was in high school, an 8-second-long YouTube video, now removed, dubbed her as “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” Some YouTube viewers called her “it” and “monster” and asked her to kill herself. The horrible comments stung Lizzie. Even so, she read each one and dismissed them saying, “they are just words.”

“Living with this rare syndrome I know first hand what it’s like to be bullied. But I will be the first to say there is hope and it does get better!” says Lizzie.

Despite an ailment that should have killed her before she was twelve months old, Lizzie, now 23 years old, is a senior majoring in Communications at Texas State University in San Marcos.

During the past seven years, she transformed herself into a motivational speaker with more than 200 workshops to her credit addressing: uniqueness, coping with bullies, and surmounting obstacles.

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Lizzie Velasquez

She also writes. In 2010, she published her first book, “Lizzie Beautiful“, and released her second, “Be Beautiful, Be You“, on March 1, 2012.

“Some days life doesn’t make sense,” she writes in “Be Beautiful, Be You“. “You just have to change what you can, ask for help and pray about the rest.

“I feel really glad that I don’t look like the celebrities out there that are so beautiful,” Lizzie told Dr. Drew Pinsky in an interview on CNN’s Headline News. “There are a lot of stereotypes attached to that Not looking like a supermodel gives people the opportunity to know you personally,” she explains.

“I’m human, and of course, these things are going to hurt,” she said. “Their judgement of me isn’t who I am, and I’m not going to let these things define me.”

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Photography through the Night – Part 4/5


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This is part 4 of the 5 episodes of Photography through the Night.

Low light levels make night photography a challenging yet rewarding subject. The best results require specialized equipment, like SLR cameras, tripods, cable releases and flashguns. After sunset, the everyday world is magically transformed, and city buildings, fireworks, thunderstorms and the northern lights all become popular subjects.

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#37 – Another late night Drive
by John A Ryan


The Glass House by darklogan1
#38 – The Glass House
by darklogan1


Candelária Nights by Leonardo Paris
#39 – Candelária Nights
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Pigeon Point Lighthouse by Susanne Friedrich
#40 – Pigeon Point Lighthouse
by Susanne Friedrich


Aurorus Reflectus Colosseo by Stuck in Customs
#41 – Aurorus Reflectus Colosseo
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Railway by mara-mara
#42 – Railway
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Night Walk by Gerrit Wenz
#43 – Night Walk
by Gerrit Wenz


Milan Train Station at Midnight by Stuck in Customs
#44 – Milan Train Station at Midnight
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Capitol View by Todd Klassy
#45 – Capitol View
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Invisible Sun by jrtce1
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ExPort by VJ Spectra
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This is part 3 of the 5 episodes of Photography through the Night.

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#25 Positron - by Kamuro
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Singapore by Christopher Chan
#27 – Singapore
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Sydney Opera House by shrillian
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#13 - Kowloon by VJ Spectra
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#14 - Merlion Night Scene by fravenang
#14 – Merlion Night Scene
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#15 - Rays From Above by VJ Spectra
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#16 - Wow Macau by VJ Spectra
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#17 - A Night at The Bay Bridge by MattGranz
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#21 - Westmister Palace, London at night by QT Luong
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#24 - City of Niagara Falls by Jon Ramsey
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