Inspiration | Influential Women (I)

Στις 8 Μαρτίου γιορτάζουμε την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα της Γυναίκας. Είναι μια μέρα που αφορά στα δικαιώματα των γυναικών – στη θέση μας στην κοινωνία. Ευκαιρία λοιπόν να μοιραστώ μαζί σου μερικές γυναίκες που θεωρώ πως αποτελούν θετικά πρότυπα για κάθε μια από εμάς εκεί έξω.

Σήμερα θα τις παρουσιάσω πολύ συνοπτικά, αλλά υπόσχομαι να γράψω χωριστά post για την κάθε μια ώστε να τις γνωρίσεις καλύτερα. Άφησε μου σε σχόλιο για ποια θες να μάθεις περισσότερα.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by Patrick Demarchelier for Vanity Fair Magazine

We teach girls shame. Close your legs, cover yourself; we make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something. As so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up—and this is the worst thing we do to girls—they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.

– We Should All Be Feminists –


Frida Kahlo

The Life & Times Of Frida Kahlo (2005) dir. by Amy Stechler | Frida Kahlo from an unsent letter to Diego Rivera

source: Dial N for Noir


Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir photographed by Brassaï

If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male’s arrogance made it «a discussion».

– The Second Sex –


Gloria Steinem

Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie.


J.K. Rowling

Very early on in writing the series, I remember a female journalist saying to me that Mrs Weasley, ‘Well, you know, she’s just a mother.’ And I was absolutely incensed by that comment. Now, I consider myself to be a feminist, and I’d always wanted to show that just because a woman has made a choice, a free choice to say, ‘Well, I’m going to raise my family and that’s going to be my choice. I may go back to a career, I may have a career part time, but that’s my choice.’ Doesn’t mean that that’s all she can do. And as we proved there in that little battle, Molly Weasley comes out and proves herself the equal of any warrior on that battlefield.


Virginia Woolf

Suppose, for instance, that men were only represented in literature as the lovers of women, and were never the friends of men, soldiers, thinkers, dreamers; how few parts in the plays of Shakespeare could be allotted to them; how literature would suffer! We might perhaps have most of Othello; and a good deal of Antony; but no Caesar, no Brutus, no Hamlet, no Lear, no Jaques –literature would be incredibly impoverished, as indeed literature is impoverished beyond our counting by the doors that have been shut upon women.

– A Room of One’s Own –


Emma Watson

Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom.


Αυτές ήταν και είναι μερικές απ’ τις γυναίκες της δημόσιας σφαίρας που με τη ζωή, το έργο και τον λόγο τους έχουν αποτελέσει θετικό παράδειγμα για εμένα. Είναι φεμινιστικά πρότυπα · και ναι, ο φεμινισμός δεν είναι βρώμικη λέξη. Μην το ξεχνάς.

About Love | Για την αγάπη (Ι)

Σήμερα είναι του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου. Ας μοιραστώ μαζί σας λίγη #αγάπη. Αγάπη όπως την είδα μέσα απ’ τα βιβλία, τις ταινίες , την όπερα.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)

They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet.

– Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.

The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman

Μικρά Αγγλία

… και τα φιλιά του τα είχε ονειρευτεί έτσι ακριβώς, λιγάκι άγρια σαν κύματα, πολύ σίγουρα, σαν ανεξίτηλες σφραγίδες στα χείλη της.

– Μικρά Αγγλία, Ιωάννα Καρυστιάνη

Far From The Madding Crowd

Of love, as a spectacle Bathsheba had a fair knowledge; but of love subjectively she knew nothing.

– Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

Lohengrin – National Greek Opera (2017)

Μόνο η αγάπη σου θα μ’ ανταμείψει για όσα πίσω μου άφησα για σένα· σ’ όλον τον κόσμο κανενός η μοίρα δεν ήταν πιο λαμπρή απ’ τη δική μου. Το στέμμα κι αν μου χάριζε ο Βασιλιάς, θα μου φαινόταν δώρο μικρό. Αν ήξερα μόνο πως μ’ αγαπάς, θα ‘ταν για τη θυσία μου αρκετό. Μην αμφιβάλλεις ούτε μια στιγμή πως η αγάπη σου μου αρκεί!

– Lohengrin, Richard Wagner

Anna Karenina (2012)

In the coach was an old lady dozing in the corner, and at the window, evidently only just awake, sat a young girl holding in both hands the ribbons of a white cap. With a face full of light and thought, full of a subtle, complex inner life, that was remote from Levin, she was gazing beyond him at the glow of the sunrise.

At the very instant when this apparition was vanishing, the truthful eyes glanced at him. She recognized him, and her face lighted up with wondering delight.

He could not be mistaken. There were no other eyes like those in the world. There was only one creature in the world that could concentrate for him all the brightness and meaning of life. It was she. It was Kitty.

– Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

The Lobster (2015)
The Lobster (2015)

We developed a code so that we can communicate with each other even in front of the others without them knowing what we are saying. When we turn our heads to the left it means “I love you more than anything in the world” and when we turn our heads to the right it means “watch out, we’re in danger”. We had to be very careful in the beginning not to mix up “I love you more than anything in the world” with “watch out, we’re in danger”. When we raise our left arm it means “I want to dance in your arms”, when we make a fist and put it behind our backs it means “let’s fuck”. The code grew and grew as time went by and within a few weeks we could talk about almost anything without even opening our mouths.

– The Lobster (2015)

Sara Herranz
Sara Herranz

«Ξέρεις τι σημαίνει η λακκουβίτσα στη χούφτα; Όποιος την έχει, έχει κάτι μυστήριο. Αυτό το κενό μπορεί να γεμίσει κακοτυχία, αν δεν προσέξουμε. Αν αφήσουμε τον κόσμο και το σκοτάδι του και τη δυστυχία του να γεμίσουν τη λακκουβίτσα».

«Μα πώς μπορεί κανείς να αλλάξει το σχήμα του χεριού του;» γέλασα εγώ.

«Άμα το ακουμπήσει σ’ ένα άλλο χέρι, Άγκνες».

– Έθιμα Ταφής, Hannah Kent

Vivian Leigh as Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1937

Αφού, λοιπόν, παντού οι αληθινοί εραστές βρίσκουν εμπόδια,
θα πει ότι κάποια μοίρα τους το έχει ορίσει.
Γι’ αυτό, ας κάνει κι η δική μας αγάπη υπομονή,
μιας και τα εμπόδια είναι κάτι συνηθισμένο:
του κακομοίρη του έρωτα σύντροφοι πάντα είναι οι στοχασμοί,
τα όνειρα, οι αναστεναγμοί, τα δάκρυα, οι ευχές.

– Όνειρο Καλοκαιρινής Νύχτας, Ουίλιαμ Σαίξπηρ

La Notte (1961)

I preferred you like this, something no one could take from me because it was mine alone – this image of you that would be everlasting. Beyond your face I saw my own reflection in a vision that was pure and deep. I saw you in a dimension that encompassed all the times of my life, all the years to come, even the years past as I was preparing to meet you. That was the little miracle of this waking moment: To feel for the first time that you were and always would be mine and that this night would go on forever with you beside me, with the warmth of your blood, your thoughts, and your will mixed with mine. At that moment I understood how much I loved you, Lidia, and the intensity of the emotion was such that tears welled up in my eyes. For I felt that this must never end, that all our lives should be like an echo of this dawn… with you not belonging to me but actually a part of me, something breathing within me that nothing could ever destroy except the dull indifference of habit, which is the only threat I see. Then you awoke and with a sleepy smile kissed me, and I felt there was nothing to fear, that we’d always be as we were at that moment, bound by something stronger than time and habit.

 – La Notte (1961)