"In college, I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page. They were not necessarily the same sentences the professors pointed out, which would turn up for further explication on an exam. I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do."
— Jhumpa Lahiri, My Life’s Sentences (via vaginawoolf) (via widespindriftgaze)
(Source: The New York Times, via damelola)
"Nobody should be forced to choose between defending investigative journalism and freedom of speech and fighting for justice in the global war on women’s bodies."
Laurie Penny, in a piece of commentary for the Independent, every word of which is worth reading at least twice.
Can I get a t-shirt with this on it?
This covers all my feelings about the Julian Assange saga and is a very good read
"Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you’re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur."
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride (via monkeyknifefight)(via soharam)
I have no words. The truth in this statement resonates so deeply. I see it lived out daily in me and every other woman I know. (via veganofcolor)
(Source: courcel, via seriouslyamerica)
"You don’t get raped because you are drunk - you vomit because you are drunk. You get raped because the rapist standing next to you made the decision to rape you and acted on it. The rapist is the only one accountable for going on to rape a person. End."
— Read this comment on an article the other day, and I thought it was kind of brilliant. (via mrsweasley)
"When shit brings you down, just say ‘fuck it’, and eat yourself some motherfucking candy."
David Sedaris (‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’)
You can’t kill the rooster…
(Source: slightlypretentious, via cwnerd12)
"Yes I saw it, my granddaughter made me watch it, she said it was the greatest vampire film ever. After the ‘film’ was over, I wanted to smack her across her head with my shoe but I do not want a book called Grannie Dearest written about me when I die. So instead I gave her a DVD of Murnau’s 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu and told her, ‘Now that’s a vampire film!’"
- Lauren Bacall on Twilight
Lauren Bacall is TOTALLY. BADASS.
(Source: babybacalling, via starbuck81)
"I’d rather read the iTunes User Agreement."
- one of the Amazon reviewers on Fifty Shades of Grey
(Source: madmartell, via caterpillarduck)