“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)
“I will teach my daughter not to wear her skin like a drunken apology.
I will tell her ‘make a home out of your body, live in yourself, do not let people turn you into a regret, do not justify yourself. If you are a disaster it is not forever, if you are a disaster you are the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. Do not deconstruct from the inside out, you belong here, you belong here, not because you are lovely, but because you are more than that.’”—Azra.T “Your hands are threads, your body is a canvas.” (via 5000letters)
“We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption.”—Pope Francis (via azspot)
“I want to be the first thing your bleary eyes focus on in the morning. I want to watch you wash your face and slide on your stockings. I want to cook you breakfast and kiss the egg from the corner of your mouth. I want to curl up by the window, you tucked on my lap, reading, writing, talking, breathing. I want to warm up your bare feet between my knees in bed. I want to fall asleep with your hair tickling my chin.”—"Letters from Skye" by Jessica Brockmole (via scribbles-and-wanderlust)
Finding children’s or young adult literature with a strong heroine is not an easy task. Even some of the absolute best children’s literature falls short. My all-time favorite book series, Harry Potter, has an incredibly strong female character in Hermione Granger, and she embodies everything a young girl should aspire to be. She is intelligent, brave, caring, unafraid to stand up for herself or those she loves, hardworking, and resilient. J.K. Rowling did fabulous work in creating her. And yet—she is not the primary hero of the books. One of the main three, but the books are not, at heart, about her and her story, or from her perspective.
The majority of books with female leads fall under the romance category. There is nothing particularly wrong with stories about love—who doesn’t love love? Especially during adolescence—but they often fail to demonstrate the depth and variety of women, girls, and the female experience. Of all of the books I inhaled throughout my young life, one author stands out as creating worlds (well, a world) in which women truly shine: Tamora Pierce.
“Things that shouldn’t offend you: profanity, the opinions of others, Jesus followers who smoke and drink. Things that should offend you: poverty, drone strikes, famine, daughters being bought and sold.”—Brett Thatcher (via emotional-algebra)
“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words ‘make’ and ‘stay’ become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”—~ Tom Robbins (via lapetiteflamme)
“If caring too much makes me “weird”,
then let me be weird.
Let me be five letters that
mean nothing besides
others cannot count the songs
that have wounded them by
the number of bullet holes
in their chest.
Let me be shaking fingers and
tears the color of ink.
If the lump in my throat is not
“inspiration”, as I call it,
then so be it.
I have spent too much energy
bandaging my punched chest
to name each
swiss cheese hole.
“Weird”, I’ll say,
as I go about stuffing my wounds.
I have a trumpet for a tongue
and twenty piano key toes
that tight rope walk over “weird”
without fear of falling in it.
I am weird.
What else you got?”—If You Take Their Insults Back They’ll Have Nothing To Call You But Your Name | Lora Mathis (via soggypoetry)
“[TW: rape] I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high.”—
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.