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The Movie Scene Rant That Rips Apart How Men Objectify Women

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In under three minutes, the character Gina (played by Rosie O’Donnell) in the 1996 movie ‘Beautiful Girls’ fully and vulgarly explains the programming of the male mind when it comes to how they view and appreciate women. The two males in the scene, played by Matt Dillon and Timothy Hutton, perfectly represent a fully programmed mind and give us all an opportunity to see a perspective that we all need to shed.

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(WARNING: This scene contains mature subject matter, brief nudity and coarse language)

Prior to a recent stroll through netflix I had never heard of the film ‘Beautiful Girls’ and even upon initially seeing it, not much of the description really appealed to me. When I noticed that one of my favorite actresses Natalie Portman was in the film, my interest level grew enough to the point where I decided to watch it and I’m glad that I did. The film itself isn’t overly entertaining, but this scene on it’s own left enough of an impact to not only standout but also inspire me to share it with all of you.

The three minute rant perfectly executed by Rosie O’Donnell sheds light on the unrealistic expectations that the mass media (magazines, television, etc.) regularly thrusts upon the male psyche. Men are pushed to become not only attracted, but in many cases obsessed with both the female body and a version of it that isn’t even naturally attainable or real. The ripple effect of this can often be quite extensive for both males and females. Males can develop:

  • A very harsh judgement system towards how they value women
  • An obsession with being with a female like they see portrayed in the media
  • A lack of appreciation and respect for the “ordinary” women they come in contact with

Females on the other hand can develop:

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  • A feeling of inadequacy by comparison to the standards they are being judged against
  • An obsession with “perfecting” themselves in any ways possible to get themselves closer to what the media portrays
  • A lack of appreciation for who they truly are, and the natural beauty that they all boast

For me, this scene served as a perfect reminder of the programming I have been actively working to try and shed. Ultimately, without the definitions of beauty, every single one of us on this planet are both unique and naturally beautiful in our own way. It’s up to us as individuals to choose to no longer judge or evaluate ourselves or those around us based on what, for so many of us, now seems intuitively normal. In my opinion we can still have preferences, but to let those preferences shape how we value or devalue each other is a whole other story… just as Rosie’s character Gina says (although being a bit overdramatic):

…and you guys as a gender, have got to get a grip. Otherwise the future of the human race is in jeopardy.

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out the film ‘Beautiful Girls’ both for this scene and to see if any other parts of it stood out for you. Speech aside, Natalie Portman’s performance as a 15-year-old -much like her incredible performance as a 13 year old in ‘Leon The Professional’ -was impressive enough to make the film watch-worthy.

Be sure to also check out another related video/write-up I shared about why we can’t let the beauty industry shape our children by clicking HERE.

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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Ben Lee’s Website: www.ben-lee.com
Josh Radnor’s Museletters: joshradnor.instapage.com
Like Radnor & Lee on Facebook: fb.com/radnorandlee
Listen to Radnor & Lee on Itunes and Spotify

 

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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