It’s 3 am and I’m still awake, barely holding my head up or my eyes open, yet finding eerie solace in watching the digital clock on my laptop ticking closer to the time I set my alarm to. Five hours, thirty-six minutes.
because alaina wanted me to up it, and because well it’s a fucking good song by a fucking good band on a fucking good 7” which you should all go purchase
I’ve been socialized to critique every part of my own body I can’t accept compliments or appreciate my own form But I can’t leave my house without someone calling at me Everyday I’m confronted with what other people think What makes them feel so entitled to my body, Why am I subject to their desires and what they think? If I’m denied joy and authority over my own body What makes them think that they deserve any? I’m expected to look in the mirror discontented with what I see And if I feel confidence in my body or my sexuality Then it exists for you, it’s certainly not for me It’s unacceptable for me to feel these things, but you can tell me if you like what you see? Hands off, hands off of me, keep your fucking hands off of me
“Ableism must be included in our analysis of oppression and in our conversations about violence, responses to violence and ending violence. Ableism cuts across all of our movements because ableism dictates how bodies should function against a mythical norm—an able-bodied standard of white supremacy, heterosexism, sexism, economic exploitation, moral/religious beliefs, age and ability. Ableism set the stage for queer and trans people to be institutionalized as mentally disabled; for communities of color to be understood as less capable, smart and intelligent, therefore “naturally” fit for slave labor; for women’s bodies to be used to produce children, when, where and how men needed them; for people with disabilities to be seen as “disposable” in a capitalist and exploitative culture because we are not seen as “productive;” for immigrants to be thought of as a “disease” that we must “cure” because it is “weakening” our country; for violence, cycles of poverty, lack of resources and war to be used as systematic tools to construct disability in communities and entire countries.”—
Mia Mingus, Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability (via classycoochie)
I’ve been seeing a lot of you around lately, on Tumblr, on Facebook, on the subway, anywhere. I’ve been seeing you in hair salons and I’ve been seeing you on street corners. Essentially, I’ve been seeing you everywhere, and this isn’t a good thing.
“You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”.”—http://www.dressaday.com/2006/10/you-dont-have-to-be-pretty.html (via fuckyeahfeminists)
“Idealizing the body prevents everyone, able-bodied and disabled, from identifying with and loving her/his body. Some people can have the illusion of acceptance that comes from believing that their bodies are “close enough” to the ideal, but this illusion only draws them deeper into identifying with the ideal and into the endless task of reconciling the reality with it. Sooner or later they must fail.”—Susan Wendell - Toward a Feminist Theory of Disability
If you are a woman, if you’re a person of colour, if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, if you are a person of size, if you are a person of intelligence, if you are a person of integrity, then you are considered a minority in this world….
When you don’t have self-esteem you will hesitate before you do anything in your life … You will hesitate to defend yourself when you are discriminated against because of your race, your sexuality, your size, your gender. You will hesitate to vote, you will hesitate to dream.
For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue.
Anti-abortion activists are fond of saying “The only difference between a fetus and a baby is a trip down the birth canal.” This flippant phrase may make for catchy rhetoric, but it doesn’t belie the fact that indeed “location” makes all the difference in the world.
It’s actually quite simple. You cannot have two entities with equal rights occupying one body. One will automatically have veto power over the other - and thus they don’t have equal rights. In the case of a pregnant woman, giving a “right to life” to the potential person in the womb automatically cancels out the mother’s right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
After birth, on the other hand, the potential person no longer occupies the same body as the mother, and thus, giving it full human rights causes no interference with another’s right to control her body. […] After birth its independence begs that it be protected as if it were equal to a fully-conscience human being. But before birth its lack of personhood and its threat to the women in which it resides makes abortion a completely logical and moral choice.
“Being born a woman is an awful tragedy… Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars - to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording - all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…”—Sylvia Plath, on rape culture (via orcrist)