The Reluctant Stylista

I’ve encountered this Pantene commercial several times in the past month, just before watching YouTube videos–but I always skip ads so I didn’t get to see its entirety.  This morning, however, I was in a different browser tab when the commercial loaded.  I heard the song and thought it was good so I had let it go on, and that made me watch the full ad.  I’m so glad I did.  And let me share this with you because nowadays, we’re so saturated with different types of news and articles coming out of every nook and cranny of social media platforms.  You could even waste half a day watching cute cats and dogs videos, and I totally get it.  It happens so easily that you don’t notice it.  It takes great effort to choose what you should spend time watching or reading.  So I’m saying this commercial is worth it.

When a man gives a speech, it may be described as ‘persuasive,’ but people may judge a woman who speaks that way as ‘pushy,’ Pantene points out in a viral ad.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do so.  It’s very powerful stuff, illustrating how men and women are perceived differently even when they essentially do the same things.  Good job, Pantene Philippines!  This commercial also got a huge thumbs up from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who shared it on her wall and prompting it to go viral.  Views are currently only a few hundred thousand hits before 6 million.

But this is more than just girl power, you know.  While I salute Pantene Philippines for this eye-opener, I don’t agree with what they wrote in the video’s description that “70% of men think women should downplay their personality to be accepted”.  Be reminded that female empowerment is not about blaming men, and I frankly find that number quite difficult to believe–I have plenty of male friends, and all but one of my best friends are men.  And while I’m not friends with 70% of their population here, I’m pretty confident that most of the men I interact with on a regular basis find me to be a very strong character, yet it’s never hindered me in friendships and romantic relationships.

The truth is that certain kinds of people hold us back from exploring possibilities and going above and beyond expectations–and sometimes, yes, those include fellow women.  So take this video as motivation, not as fuel for hatred nor propaganda. Don’t act like a victim or you’ll stigmatize yourself.  To quote the late Heath Ledger playing Patrick in 10 Things I Hate About You: “Don’t let anyone, ever, make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.”

Take a page from these seriously gorgeous ladies who know no limits.

Actresses and Scientists

“A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar” was actually Portman’s high school paper which she co-authored with scientists Ian Hurley and Jonathan Woodward and was entered in the Intel Science Talent Search. In addition, she contributed to a study in memory called “Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy” while she was in Harvard.

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