Many cancer patients can be overwhelmed with the physical and emotional difficulties of their disease, and the loss of their hair from chemotherapy treatment certainly doesn’t help. Henna Heals, a rich community of nearly 150 henna tattoo artists worldwide established by a team of 5 women in Canada, helps women with cancer feel confident and beautiful again by drawing elegant henna crowns on their bare heads:
The intricate patterns that the artists create with all-natural henna paste are a unique and empowering substitute to the hats and wigs that many women use to cover their heads after losing their hair to chemotherapy. “For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” claims Frances Darwin, the founder of Henna Heals. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.”
The traditional South-Asian temporary tattoos, which are made with 100% natural home-made henna paste, last for around two weeks and have no harmful side-effects. Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and does belly painting for mother-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to compensate the cost of the henna crowns they make for cancer patients.
I could yell ‘cultural appropriation’ right now but I don’t wanna because, fuck yeah, this is a great idea. And I’m gonna tell you why.
In India, where I come from, in the Hindu community, henna is associated purely with religious or matrimonial ceremonies. During religious festivals, women wear it as a sign of not just celebration, but purity. Again, during weddings, the bride wears henna up to her elbows and up to her ankles, and, traditionally, there is a ‘mehendi (our word for henna that is applied on the skin) ceremony’ where the women dance and sing bawdy wedding songs and bless the new bride with fertility. The darkness of the mehendi is supposed to predict how deep the bond with the new husband will be, because, traditionally, marriages are arranged, so its a bit of a gamble, and women are forced to read signs into every little thing. A practice that is supposed to be for decoration then becomes a way to grade the new bride’s purity, chastity and the future happiness of her marriage. The same association with chastity and purity applies during religious ceremonies.
Whenever I apply mehendi at a someone’s wedding, I always feel a niggling of GUILT, and ANXIETY - for not being the ideal Hindu woman; for being neither chaste, or pure, or even remotely spiritual. And mehendi, despite its prettiness, is also associated with a certain rigid idea of womanhood, motherhood and femininity. I say BREAK THAT.
That’s why this beautiful, beautiful idea is a great way to unhinge leaf-paste (because that’s what it is!) from all sorts of medieval ideas about how women should be womanly. If it helps set anyone free, helps anyone feel pretty and proud, I say go for it.
Because that’s what this is - reclaiming an art practiced in a female space, democratizing it, opening it up, applying it on anyone and everyone, free of moral and value judgement. Bringing it back to the delight possibly felt by women in Asia millenia back when they giggled ‘Ooh, hey lemme draw a flower on you with that cute leaf-paste’. Reclaiming it for us, and for all our uses, in all our different lives. This makes me fiercely happy.
This is really beautiful.
being vegan is so emotionally draining like i can’t even look at someone drinking a milkshake without wanting to cry this is ridiculous if your ‘food’ makes me emotionally distressed that might be a sign that it’s not good
dude get over yourself
when ur iphone charger starts wearing a turtleneck u know the end is coming
i was taking pictures of the new puppy
when i look out the window to see the older dog just
Anonymous said: I know you didn't post a naked breast or anything, but I can understand the uproar. It can be offensive to women, and triggering to people like me who purposely avoid porn blogs because of how messed up the porn industry is, and how it objectifies women. Psychology shows that because of porn, when in bed a lot of men don't see their partners as human anymore, they see them simply as sexual objects (thanks to the media and stuff like this).
Explain to me how a picture of a covered up boobs is offensive because i am so ready to destroy every single point that you throw out
Oh really? You, a privileged, straight boy is ready to throw down any point that they throw out? I’m sure you know exactly how it feels to be objectified and seen by people as a walking sex object instead of a human being. I’m sure that you know exactly how it feels to be taught that your basic human rights and sexual identity mean nothing to anyone else and can easily be stripped away from you at any moment. I’m sure that you understand what it feels like to be scared to say no to a man, even when that’s the only word running through your mind. I’m sure that you understand that up to 95% of the women in the sex industry have grown up with abuse of some kind, and the average age of prostitutes in the US is 12-14. I’m sure that you also understand that once women get into this industry they are trafficked into the commercial sex industry, most often, not by their choice. I’m sure that you also know that the average age of Americans, both male and female starting to look at porn is 11-years-old. And of course I’m sure you know what it feels like to simply walk down the street and be seen by nothing more than a sexual object and there be no-such-thing as a right answer.
It was a picture of BOOBS BEING GRABBED BY A HAND
TAKEN PRIVATELY BETWEEN TWO PERSON
IT WAS NOT COMMERCIALIZED TO MADE PROFIT OFF OF
AND MOST IMPORTANT
IT IS A PAIR OF BOOBS
GET THE FUCKING TREE OUT OF YOUR ASS
jesus you’re so angry over a picture of boobs, just go sit down and evaluate your life
she cant evaluate her life, shes too busy evaluating mythological demensions shes yet to experience to extremities or else she would have researched the topic to the ends of the earth. and if she had any wisdom in a pore of her body shed realize the fact that men are used, men are objectified and belittled JUST as much as a woman could ever be due to not being 6’2 195 abs and rippling arms. also; men. are. raped. and that simple little fact is impossible for these double standard feminist who just want to make a second civil rights movement and wont stop till someones enslaved. hey thats a bit of an oxymoron isnt it? well for women since its got a vagina lets hold up their false police reporting, lets hold men more accountable to child molestation and not women, lets allow women the ability to beat the shit out of a man and be “pardoned” bc a man can just take it right. lets just allow women to step all over us, lets enforce that freedom(oh wait enforce.. freedom.. thats an oxymoron too)
also… tha fuck did porn come into this for