Women are People.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 11, 2013
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These two quotes = far more inspiring than that viral Dustin Hoffman video many of us recently shared.

Given that these two gentlemen, below, are writers of fantasy and comic book blockbusters (and much more)—genres generally thought to be a bit, er, adolescent in regards to women—all the more props to them.

They, and many others deserve our love and respect—and sharing—far and away above that Dustin Hoffman video.

While that video was genuinely touching, many of us (hopefully most of us, by now) have had conventionally unattractive friends, a good number of them women, all our life. That a famous person cries on camera may represent a moment of vulnerable sincerity, but it may not represent a banner moment for equality that I feel inspired to share, though it’s dressed up and set up and spooned to us as a “viral video.”

We can do better: share every moment of tears from a well-educated middle-aged conventionally-unattractive famous white guy who belatedly realizes that women are people too? Someone cries on camera?! I’m touched, let’s share it!

These two gentlemen deserve our praise, despite not moving us to tears, here:

George R. R. Martin on writing women:


Number two:

Question: Why do you write these strong female characters?

Joss Whedon: Because you’re still asking me that question.

Full video:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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