i used to think that saying “i love you” was this sacred thing and that saying it too much to too many people would make it lose meaning but now i think the exact opposite. i love every person i meet and every person i see, they’re all just different kinds of love and they manifest in different ways.
“Don’t stop until you’re satisfied. You want an explanation? Ask. You want to be successful? Work. Don’t settle for results you don’t want. Don’t stop until you’re satisfied.”—(the best advice a teacher has ever given me)
a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.
masculinity is so funny to me bc men deprive themselves of the best things in life in order to achieve it like ….fuzzy socks, fun fruity pink drinks, spa days, lifetime movies, expressing positive feelings in a healthy way, being a warm genuine person
A co-worker closed the door to the staff room behind him.
It locked automatically
and I started planning what I could use as a weapon:
smash the glass beside the fridge into his eye.
pick up the fork next to me and sink it into his leg.
claw him across the face if I couldn’t get to anything in time.
As I calculated how hard it would be to shove his body weight off of me,
he finished making his lunch, said, “Sup,” and left,
the door automatically locking behind him.
I expect if I told him I was prepared to stab him with the corner of my staff ID if I had to,
he would say what I’ve heard too often, the one we all know
but are getting wearily suspicious of:
Not all men are like That.
When I was eleven, all the girls in my class got sent to self-defence
because they assumed we’d need it one day.
When I was twelve, there was a prostitute’s body dumped in the river next to my house
because someone thought she was disposable.
When I was thirteen, it happened again and this time the man went to jail
and people stood outside the courtroom and held up signs that he did the right thing.
When I was fourteen, my friend showed up to a sleepover late, chest heaving from sobbing
and from running four blocks after getting chased by a man that followed her off the bus.
When I was fifteen, my mother accused me of being a Man Hater
and I said, “No, but god, would you blame me if I was?”
I got catcalled and then got laughed at when I flipped them off.
they pulled up beside me and I clutched my bag tighter,
my hand going in for my keys and my mind going over how their noses would look
if I smashed them in with my elbow.
“What’s the big deal,” the guy at the steering wheel asked. “We’re just complimenting you. We’re not like That.”
Sorry, but I’m not going to trust you in case I end up on a poster labelled ‘MISSING.’
Even if you seem like the nicest guy, I’ll still have one hand holding my keys
as the only knife I’m allowed, because I don’t know how far you’re going to take it:
if you won’t back off when I tell you I don’t want to date you
if you’ll shout BITCH at me when I don’t respond well to your catcall
if you’ll expect my body as a reward for treating me like a human being
if you’ll try to take what you think you’re owed by being a man
if you’ll turn me into another statistic that people shudder away from.
I have been trained to assume that it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing
or face the consequences.
I don’t know if you’ll nod when I reject you
or pump me full of bullets.
Every single woman I’ve talked to has a story where they haven’t felt safe in their own body
because of what a man said or did.
mainstream tumblr feminism may have many glaring faults but it has bred an army of teenage girls who understand the common ways that misogyny is reinforced in society and who know that they’re better off loving their fellow woman than fighting with her and that’s actually pretty damn revolutionary
I hate people who look down on third world protesters for burning flags or whatever saying it’s “barbaric” because you know what, no it’s not. Killing innocent people is barbaric, stealing land is barbaric, throwing children in jail is barbaric, demolishing a family’s home is barbaric—expressing your anger at all that injustice is anything but.
Burn all the fucking flags of every settler colonial state that exists. Never sanitize your anger, never make it pretty or safe for the oppressors.
I’m the girl who got headbutted. You might recall this incident from a few years back with either a feeling of support and the urge to high-five me, or an intense dislike because I’m mad feminist, hell-bent on making up stories to demonise men. If you are not familiar with the…
“If a woman has [the right to abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t result in anyone’s death.”—
Representative Lawrence Lockman, who believes that if we’re able to make our own healthcare decisions, he should have the legal and moral right to brutalize us, and also that rape is non-violent, allows men to be “free”, and that abortion kills babies (none of those things are true).
WHY IS THIS MAN STILL IN OFFICE??? Yeah, there’s no war on women my ass.
When I was fourteen, I attempted a DIY coathanger abortion. My family was as staunch pro life, Baptist conservative as you can get & I was terrified they would force me to have the child. I was lucky & suffered no health consequences even though what I was doing was very dangerous. As an adult, I think back to that & wonder, why would you force a fourteen year old to have a baby? I had a child's body still, it would have been traumatizing. Pro lifers are so toxic. Anyway, just felt like sharing.
I’m so sorry for what you had to go through, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Thank you so much for sharing
“Gaza was bombarded with 273 airstrikes yesterday (8th July). That’s an average of 11 an hour. Gaza is about 25 miles long and 4 miles wide, with a population of 1.7 million crammed into that tiny space. It is under Israeli occupation and Israeli siege. Hospitals estimate they will run out of resources to treat the wounded in about two days. Electricity is intermittent. Gaza has no army, air force or navy. Israel is the fourth largest military power in the world. Resistance to occupation is allowed under international law. Israel’s occupation, siege and collective punishment of Gaza is not.”—Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK (via america-wakiewakie)
“The women were lounging about the houses, some cleaning fish, others pounding rice; but they do not care for work, and the little money which they need for buying clothes they can make by selling mats or jungle fruits.”—
some English lady who spent 5 weeks in Malaya in 1879 that Syed Hussein Alatas quotes in The Myth of the Lazy Native. The joke practically writes itself, but Alatas says it for us: “We may ask the author what is meant by work here? Is cleaning fish and pounding rice not work? Work here means wage earning outside the home. Are making mats and selling fruits not work? It is clear that work here means that activitiy introduced by colonial capitalism. If the ladies became coolies or servants of British planters or firm officials, she would then have considered them as working.”
So when the settler colonials say Indigenous people are lazy, they really mean “they won’t work for us to help us engineer their economy for our benefit”.
“I witnessed terrible things, which I knew were wrong, but there was nowhere to go for help. Worse, there were those who condoned the abuse. I heard police or ambulance men, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.”—Patrick Stewart on violence towards women (via jmaisonlilhouse)
Palestinian:Over ten family houses have been struck; 14 people killed and 25 are injured so far (July 8, 2014)
Israeli:A FEW HOURS AGO I WENT TO A FRIEND’S HOUSE AND WHILE WE WERE PLAYING SIMS WE HEARD A SIREN AND RAN TO THE SHELTER WITH HIS FAMILY(each and every house in Israel has a shelter). WE STAYED THERE FOR 10 MINUTES UNTIL IT WAS SAFE TO GET OUT. NOW IM AT HOME AND IM AFRAID TO GO TO SLEEP.
“Israel is perhaps the world’s 4th most powerful nuclear power, with a modern fully mechanized infantry with over 6,500 APC’s and 4,000 tanks, the largest fleet of F-16’s outside of the US, and an $11 million a day subsidy, versus the world’s largest concentration camp, with no aircraft, and no air defense artillery, no armor, no AIPAC, and no blanket UN veto from a permanent member of the Security Council.
Israel isn’t the victim and this isn’t defense; it’s mass murder.”—Emmet Bondur (via momo33me)
“I’ve really tried to understand the Israelis. I used to work on a farm in Israel. I speak Hebrew. I watch their news. All the time they talk about fear. How they have to run to their bunkers to hide from the rockets. How their children can’t sleep because of the sirens. This is not a good way for them to live. We Palestinians don’t talk about fear, we talk about death. Our rockets scare them; their rockets kill us. We have no bomb shelters, we have no sirens, we have nowhere we can take our children and keep them safe. They are scared. We are dying.”—Mohammed al-Khoudry a Palestinian farmer in Gaza. (via news)
“Introverts don’t get lonely if they don’t socialize with a lot of people, but we do get lonely if we don’t have intimate interactions on a regular basis.”—Sophia Dembling,The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World (Perigee Trade, 2012)