“From far away the garden is empty as a hand
cupping air. Hello again,
Hello, it’s me. It’s only me.
Here is the garden (empty) and here is my mouth (open).
Open my mouth and all the birds of late summer fly out.
Sparrows and swifts, dubious swallows, their feet
scrambling the conversations that crackle
through the telephone lines on which they sway (listening).
And cuckoos making one last dash for freedom, anything
to escape being locked up again in the mechanical
clockwork of winter.
From far away the garden is empty, all the hasty
distracted ghosts are gone. Men dealing cards
in the dust. A woman shuffling her hands, a mother
calling in the dusk. Come in, girl, get a move on do.
Ohmygod, no way?? It’s almost as if that’s exactly what John Greenintended.
"Augustus Waters talked so much that he’d interrupt you at his own funeral. And he was pretentious: Sweet Jesus Christ, that kid never took a piss without pondering the abundant metaphorical resonances of human waste production."
“Love yourself —
when it’s fucking 2 a.m and you’re not even halfway through with your essay that was due last week.
when your mom is yelling at you because your grades are shit
when your dad comes home late smelling like booze
when your dog just died and youre the only one who took care of him
when your brothers girlfriend is cheating on him and if you tell him he’ll hate you
when you lost your best friend to someone you hate
when you think— no you wish that today was your last day,
just fucking love yourself because when every body is too busy trying to fuck up your life you’re the only person that can save you,
your life isnt some fucking john green novel, no one can save you but yourself.”—Anonymous (via yball)
you know how the sentence “i never said she stole my money” has a different meaning depending on which word you put the stress on? same is true of “have you ever had sex with a pharaoh?” i’ve been thinkin about that for like 10 minutes now
“I met my wife at a Star Trek convention. She was study abroad from France and spoke little English, and I didn’t know a lick of French. So, for the first few months of our relationship, we communicated by speaking Klingon.”—
What? Bisexual? She can’t be bisexual, you’re only bisexual if you’re actively fucking two people of two differing genders at the same exact time. The moment you stop fucking them you’re suddenly not bi anymore. It’s science.
I suppose that means we bi people exist in quantum superposition until someone observes us having sex.
Schrodinger’s Douchebag: One who makes douchebag statements, particularly sexist, racist or otherwise bigoted ones, then decides whether they were “just joking” or dead serious based on whether other people in the group approve or not.
the problems with liberal feminism are ultimately the problems with liberalism. liberalism insists that people operate independent from not only each other but any sort of social influence or ramifications thereof
liberal feminism states that any decision made by a woman can be empowering without any sort of critical analysis of that decision. for instance, liberal feminism insists that it is advantageous for women to be in high positions of political power, but it does not acknowledge that in order to acquire and maintain said power, other women have to suffer. how can women truly be free if women are being employed to oppress other women?
liberal feminism engages in egalitarian practices insofar as they insist that we are all “equal” and the equality is something that women should seek. this equality, however, is a patriarchal model that requires violent power dynamics, rigid capitalism, and subordination. liberal feminism does not seek to dismantle the patriarchy but to work within it. it posits patriarchal structures as something that women should seek to control and partake in rather than something that is ultimately detrimental to all, such as government, capitalism, and the military.
liberal feminism is divisive. it positions the liberation of women to be the responsibility and the success of the ruling capitalist class. liberal feminism invokes white supremacy, heterosexism, cissexism, and ableism in order to acheive it’s goals. liberal feminism believes that the freedom of women comes from politicians and business owners, and that oppressed women can find liberation within the success of others. it makes liberation a privilege.
in essence, liberal feminism creates a sort of subpatriarchal hierarchy that puts the most privileged women at the top in order to maintain inequality among the less privileged women. it maintains a hegemony of women in which women oppress other women through means of patriarchal power.