“I will keep trying. I don’t have to keep trying, there is no obligation for me to not just give up, just slump down until I fall away and join the unanimated matter of this strange other world. I don’t have to keep trying. “Remember that,” I say to myself as I keep trying.”—Intern Dana, Welcome to Night Vale. Ep. 41 WALK
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten people, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let them know you’ve tagged them.
“Sometimes I’m more frustrated with being fat; it’s hard to find clothes that fit, people are unfriendly to me in spaces dedicated to exercise, people invest a lot of energy in telling me I’m disgusting and unpleasant to look at, I’m uncomfortably aware that it’s not uncommon to be the fattest person in the room for me, people make a point of telling me they don’t find me sexually attractive, as though this somehow matters intensely to my existence on earth, like I’m going to be heartbroken that some random person doesn’t want to fuck me. Or that some person who’s being pushed into flirting with me by a third party feels the need to be rude about the fact that I’m fat and this person doesn’t do fat people.
I get it. I’m fat. There’s a lot of social and cultural baggage that surrounds fat bodies; many people are trained to think of us as unpleasant, gross, and sexually unappealing. While I think that people who express a preference for thin bodies are bigoted and expressing internalised bigotry, I’m not really interested in getting into a discussion with those people about whether I have the right to exist, let alone deserve to be viewed as socially or sexually appealing; that you can be fat and attractive is just a fact, and people are going to have to deal with it.”—s.e. smith, My Fat Body is Not Your Fetish
But every wrong turn that you make will also be my mistake Cause we’re connected through our hearts And the devastating part is that I foolishly defended you to myself But secrets always have a way of coming out.
“THINGS HAD CHANGED, what an arsehole comment, I’d changed things. Things don’t change, they’re not like the seasons moving on a diurnal round. People change things. There are victims of change but not victims of things. Why do I collude in this misuse of language? I can’t make it easier for Jacqueline however I put it. I can make it a bit easier for me and I suppose that’s what I’m doing.”—Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body
dont teach little girls to hate other little girls. dont tell them other girls are mean and catty and gossip and talk behind their backs. dont tell them girls will steal their boyfriends and take all the blame off the boys who leave. dont tell them boys are better for any reason. dont teach lil girls to hate lil girls because they’ll grow into women who hate other women and there’s enough people in the world who hate women, thanks