Can you be happy with the movies, and the ads, and the clothes in the stores, and the doctors, and the eyes as you walk down the street all telling you there is something wrong with you? No. You cannot be happy. Because, you poor darling baby, you believe them.
―Katherine Dunn, Geek Love
It’s not just women in film, 18-year-old girls feel pressure to do preventative injecting. I see someone’s face, someone’s body who’d had children and I think they’re the song lines of your experience, and why would you want to eradicate that? I look at people sort of entombing themselves and all you see is little pin holes of terror… and you think, just live your life, death is not going to be any easier just because your face can’t move.
—Cate Blanchett, “Motherhood, Hollywood and Cate”, The Age, May 9 2005
When I was nine, I ran in a school race, and I suddenly realised I was in the lead. I looked at the finishing line, and just freaked out, then ran to the side as if I’d hurt myself. It was everything to do with fear of success.