“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”—R.L. Stine (via sarazarr)
“Empowerment should be as much about teaching women and girls to support each other and confront the system collectively as it should be about individual experiences, which unfortunately are often the focus. Beware the lesson that tells girls to bootstrap their way to equality, for such lessons rarely end well.”—
Empowerment literally means “giving power to.” Simply telling girls and women (or anyone) to do things, even awesome things, isn’t empowering—at best it’s meaningless, at worst it’s adding pressure that actually decreases the amount of power they have over their lives.
That isn’t to say words can’t be empowering. Sometimes just hearing someone say that you’re allowed to achieve in different ways, that you’re able to, can give you power. But only sometimes. Other times you can have all the attitude and ambition in the world, but you still don’t have power until something in the world around you changes.
Saying “women can be astronauts!” to little girls is certainly a laudable thing, but it’s not nearly as empowering as NASA saying women can be astronauts. Which is in turn not as empowering as high-ranked women at NASA saying women can be astronauts.
sleepyempress said: Nah man I was with friends and we actually paid to go do that strange I know but that’s what we do for fun here
It must have been really cold.
Last spring I slept on the floor crammed into a small room with four other people. That’s what I did for fun that quarter. My parents were only mildly concerned about my first co-ed sleepover, but the guys stole the bed.
Is that the time we shared a twin-size air mattress and then realized the next morning that we should have switched sides?
“In the instances when POC say shit like ‘Oh I can’t stand white folk’ or ‘Damn white people’, they aren’t saying ‘Oh I think they are inferior, I want to humiliate them, abuse them, enslave them and wipe out their people!’, they’re saying ‘Damn, after a couple hundred years of white people thinking I’m inferior, humiliating me, abusing me, enslaving me, and trying to wipe out my people, I don’t wanna deal with them.’ The context is completely different.”—