"This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature."
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (via villa-rosie)
“this leaves men confused and unable to pigeonhole you. What they are forced to do instead is… take you seriously.”
"While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact."
Andrea Dworkin saying basically the most correct thing ever (via bluewatsons)
i like music that makes me feel like wearing high heels and walking over the fallen corpses of a thousand men
I feel like every man who has ever tried to convince me to take some rando shouting “Hey girl, nice ass” at me as a compliment sees it this way: You’re sitting outside some Italian café in a Betty Draper dress sipping a prosecco when all of a sudden your dainty neck scarf flies off in the light breeze. Joseph Gordon Levitt, wearing a linen suit with a pocket square and no socks with his penny loafers, steps off his Vespa and hands it to you while saying something witty about how it’s almost as beautiful as you are. You then both ride off into the sunset, laughing as Dean Martin plays in the background and the director yells cut on the espresso commercial that is your life.
In reality, it’s you getting yelled at by a bunch of sweaty men standing outside a bar at eight in the morning, telling you about how fuckable you look in your sweatpants when you’re just trying to get a bottle of milk in peace like a goddamn human being. And it is the opposite of a compliment.
There are gross human rights violations occurring in Istanbul, Turkey. Police have fired water cannons and smoke bombs into peaceful protests against the plans to put a development in the park Gezi in Taksim.
"I decided to break the law to provide a necessary medical service because women were dying at the hands of butchers and incompetent quacks, and there was no one there to help them. The law was barbarous, cruel and unjust. I had been in a concentration camp, and I knew what suffering was. If I can ease suffering, I feel perfectly justified in doing so."
Dr. Henry Morgentaler, a Canadian doctor who was arrested four times for performing abortions, but whose arrests eventually led to the 1988 Canadian Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the country. He died this week at the age of 90. Good obit in the NY Times.
As a recovering special snowflake with massive internalized misogyny I’m happily surprised at just how easy it is to connect with other women when you’re actually open to it.