If you must hide a part of who you are to keep someone’s love, maybe it is not their love you are keeping.
Stop deconstructing, analyzing, judging, or creating illusions of people and just start getting to know them.
Love should be a light, not a veil
A stream that flows and changes,
Not an old story gone stale
Okay, listen up people. Feminism means equality. Feminism means equality. It means that women are just as capable and entitled as men to hold certain positions and be paid the same amount, to not be objectified or specifically targeted and pressured by other people or the media, to be comfortable with their bodies, image, personality and interests, and to be treated with the same respect: as human beings, as individuals, and as intellectuals. If you need to ask why, just leave now. “If that’s true then why do they need to call it feminism and not equality?" Because equality is an ambiguous term. Equality is an all encompassing term, it is the ideal that feminism strives to achieve. But when one group is oppressed or mistreated by another, when the other already has a strong, even over-empowered voice and presence and control, it is the oppressed or mistreated group that needs to by highlighted. Advocated for. Why? Because that’s how equality will be achieved. I just said it. Because the other group is already too advocated for and too empowered. Because in order to strive for that equality, it is the oppressed group that is in need of a fight for that same representation, power, voice, and presence. So that it can, in fact, one day be equal to the other. "Fine, but some feminists just argue that women are better and that men are unnecessary or incapable or stupid.” First of all, that is not the majority, but well shit, doesn’t that sound familiar? Does it not make sense that that would be a logical reaction, when that is exactly what many men and media have done to women and believed about them for years and years and years? I am not saying I condone and support that stance. I don’t. I am just trying to explain that it makes sense. And, do not just use a counterexample to fight the entire validity of an idea or movement. (That’s analogous to me saying that treating other people well generally produces good outcomes, and someone arguing against treating other people well simply because some people will treat others well just to take advantage of them. But in fact, treating others well is still morally and visibly correct and positive for society.) Except that the counter example in this case is in many ways a logical reaction. Also, do not feel personally threatened by a movement or ideology simply because it doesn’t include or specifically focus on you. You’re not the center of everything and there are things that need to be fought for for a better society that may not directly be about yourself or a particular group you belong to. Lastly, I’d just like to say that while yes, feminism is about empowering women, treating them equally, and making their voices heard, it is not simply a woman’s fight. This is something the entire world needs to be educated about, fight for, and work towards. Look at me, I’m 100% human and 50% alien (that adds up, don’t question it), and not usually classified as a woman, and I believe in feminism. Why? Because it is logically, morally, and emotionally correct. Because it means the betterment of the world. Because it means equal representation, justice, and fairness. It potentially means future generations upon generations to come won’t have to face the same harshness and oppression that previous and present generations upon generations have faced and are facing. It means peace. Comfort. It makes sense. I mean… Do I really need to continue?
There’s an argument to be made that beneath every cynic there’s a frustrated romantic.
It’s weird how much society tends to (wrongly) differentiate between genders. I mean we’ve seen some awareness (probably not enough) of this in things such as occupations and rights but I guess I never really thought about the much subtler things that this leaks into. There’s the obvious, like stupidly associating colors with certain genders. But there’s even more to it like… scents? In perfumes and the things we wash with. I was at Walgreens the other day, and there are these products that have labels like “for her” or “for him” or even just “women” or “men.” The ones targeted towards women tend to have these nice flowery smells and describe the soap as making your skin or hair silky and then for men tend to say like protective or something and they’re not as elaborately described or scented. You know what? I want my skin and hair to be silky too. Shit what if I want to smell like flowers? Flowers smell good as hell. I just think these distinctions are stupid, and shouldn’t be made and targeted to a specific gender. We all want to be clean and smell nice and neither smells nor textures define or characterize a gender or anything, they’re just kinda. There. And nice sometimes. I don’t know. Things are stupid.
Looking around, his eyes watering-first due to cold wind, then due to cold tears-he realized what he’d been searching for all this time: a friend.
my sexuality?? thats easy im [truck passes by, horn blaring loudly]
I know, I have so, so much to learn.
We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. We’re told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let’s be clear: A woman’s body is not dangerous to you. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things.