i wish more people said that being single is normal
and you’re not going to meet and marry someone
and that’s fine
and if marriage happens, it happens. and it’s not the next big ticket to check off in life’s checklist
because not everyone meets someone they want to marry. and that’s normal
you’re not broken or unfulfilled if you are single
10 BETTER BODY AFFIRMATIONS
1. Your body is in flux for the rest of your life. Think of your body as fluid instead of static — it’s always going to change. So get comfortable with those changes.
2. No one will love you or not love you because of your body. You are lovable because you’re you, not because your body looks a certain way.
3. The most intensely personal relationship you’ll ever have is with your body. It’s a lifelong relationship that’s well worth investing in and nurturing the same way you would with loved ones.
4. You don’t owe your body to anyone. Not sexually, not aesthetically. Your body is yours. Period.
5. What someone else says about your body says more about them than it does about you. Look past the actual snark to the person who’s saying it, because it’s only a reflection of what they think of themselves. That’s when you’ll see how little power their words have.
6. Your body is not a reflection of your character. It’s a physical home for the complex and wondrous and unique being that is you.
7. Take up as much space as you want. You don’t have to be small, or quiet, or docile, regardless of your physical size.
8. Everything you need to accept your body is already inside you. There’s no book, or diet, or workout routine or external affirmation that you need to feel good about your body right now.
9. Your body is a priority. It’s always trying to tell you things. Taking the time to listen to is of the utmost importance.
10. Wear whatever you want. Your body shape does not dictate your personal style, and fashion rules that say otherwise are wrong. Dress yourself in a way that makes you feel happy and confident and beautiful, because guess what? You are.
Ami Angelowicz and Winona Dimeo-Ediger (via ceedling)
(Source: blackfemalescientist, via feministsuperpowers)
"Only 5 percent of women have the type of body we see on billboards and in TV commercials. The "Expose" project wants you to see the remaining 95 percent.” (Huffington Post Article)
Tell me something.
When was the last time you opened up your browser and saw a beautiful image of a body shape that looked just like yours?
When was the last time you saw an image of skin markings that looked just like yours?
When was the last time you saw an image of breasts that looked just like yours? An ass that looked just like yours? Scars that looked just like yours? A belly that looked just like yours?
When you are 13 years old,
the heat will be turned up too high
and the stars will not be in your favor.
You will hide behind a bookcase
with your family and everything left behind.
You will pour an ocean into a diary.
When they find you, you will be nothing
but a spark above a burning bush,
still, tell them
Despite everything, I really believe people are good at heart.
When you are 14,
a voice will call you to greatness.
When the doubters call you crazy, do not listen.
They don’t know the sound
of their own God’s whisper. Use your armor,
use your sword, use your two good hands.
Do not let their doubting
drown out the sound of your own heartbeat.
You are the Maid of Untamed Patriotism.
Born to lead armies into victory and unite a nation
like a broken heart.
When you are 15, you will be punished
for learning too proudly. A man
will climb onto your school bus and insist
your sisters name you enemy.
When you do not hide,
he will point his gun at your temple
and fire three times. Three years later,
in an ocean of words, with no apologies,
you will stand before the leaders of the world
and tell them your country is burning.
When you are 16 years old,
you will invent science fiction.
The story of a man named Frankenstein
and his creation. Soon after you will learn
that little girls with big ideas are more terrifying
than monsters, but don’t worry.
You will be remembered long after
they have put down their torches.
When you are 17 years old,
you will strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
one right after the other.
Men will be afraid of the lightening
in your fingertips. A few days later
you will be fired from the major leagues
because “Girls are too delicate to play baseball”
You will turn 18 with a baby on your back
leading Lewis and Clark
across North America.
You will turn 18
and become queen of the Nile.
You will turn 18
and bring justice to journalism.
You are now 18, standing on the precipice,
trembling before your own greatness.
This is your call to leap.
There will always being those
who say you are too young and delicate
to make anything happen for yourself.
They don’t see the part of you that smolders.
Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound
of your own heartbeat.
You are the first drop of a hurricane.
Your bravery builds beyond you. You are needed
by all the little girls still living in secret,
writing oceans made of monsters and
throwing like lightening.
You don’t need to grow up to find greatness.
You are stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.
The world laid out before you to set on fire.
All you have to do
For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambition and Trembling Hearts, Clementine von Radics (via clementinevonradics)
FAVOURITE MYTHOLOGY - Water Nymphs
A nymph (Greek: νύμφη, nymphē) in Greek mythology and in Latin mythology is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. Nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing; their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and chaste wives and daughters of the Greek polis. They are believed to dwell in mountains and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and in valleys and cool grottoes. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms.
(Source: cedridiggory, via amandagirlonfire)
By: Rachel L.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks is more than just a hashtag- it’s a movement to improve the heavily criticized lack of diversity within the book world.With little variation in characters, people online and elsewhere have gone back and forth about whether or not we really need diverse books, how important diverse characters are, and what exactly we can do about it. Despite these discussions, little has actually shifted in the literary landscape.
Exploding out of April’s BookCon, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign seeks to take action against this lack of diversity. Believing that “embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality,” the staff’s work involves “reach[ing] out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing” (quotes via official website). The We Need Diverse Books staff (which is actively diverse itself) made their concerns known through social media, taking to Twitter and utilizing the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag, as well as Tumblr, where their website originated. The campaign took off, and recently even became a full on website featuring a campaign video and resources for those looking to become involved.
So – why do we need diverse books?
According to We Need Diverse Books’ official website, there just isn’t diversity in children’s literature. This is problematic because it means that children are not seeing themselves within the texts that they are reading.
When we write stories, and when we publish them, we are legitimizing the experiences of the people within the texts. We are telling the stories of cultures, and of humanity – but when there is no difference, the text becomes problematic instead of an illustration of human difference. Over and over and over again, “human” becomes very narrowly defined – “humans” become those who are white, who are straight, who are upper-middle class, who are able-bodied, who are cis. How are children supposed to learn to appreciate difference if they hardly recognize that it exists?
Furthermore, when we ask children of color and children of other diverse groups to always be sympathetic to the plights and existences of children of this very narrow population, we are denying them a certain level of personhood. What does it mean if their story is never told? Is it not worth telling? Is it less important? Are they less important?
With more and more research showing links between empathy and books, it becomes vital that books be diverse. What good does it do if the empathy that people are learning from books is only directed towards certain people? If members of minority groups are constantly represented by fantastic characters like elves and vampires, readers are gaining empathy toward these metaphors… though not exactly the members of minority groups that they are supposed to represent.
But this is not only relevant in children’s literature.The main points here are relevant across age demographics.
Recognizing difference, appreciating difference, learning about other cultures, improving one’s own self esteem and self worth- these are valuable lessons that literature can teach. In a world full of varying oppression, books give us a place to begin to understand what it means to be someone less privileged. Books serve as a starting point for important conversations and internal dialogues.
If white children read about racism when they’re young, they’ll be better suited to understand the struggles of their friends and classmates. If nothing else, they may be less likely to say that these struggles do not exist just because they don’t directly experience them.
The same can be said for other members of privileged groups. If diversity in books can make it possible for even one less conversation where a member of an oppressed group is not completely drained from a discussion-turned-argument with a privileged person as a result of fighting just to prove to them that yes, their oppression is real, not melodrama, then we absolutely do need diverse books.
So what can do you? Get involved with the campaign.
Volunteer or help fundraise. Participate in the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag, talk about the campaign offline, and encourage those around you to read diverse books. The staff is constantly offering ways for people to read more diverse books, making if-you-liked-this-book-read-this-one-next suggestions. This shows just how easy it is to encourage diversity in books. Sometimes all it takes is reaching out and picking up another novel.
For more information, visit the We Need Diverse Books official website, Tumblr, and Twitter.
America is some fucked up dystopian shit honestly like how are y’all even surviving? Paying for healthcare? $60,000 on tuition? POC getting shot in Wal-Marts? White men shooting up elementary schools? That’s terrifying I’m worried about all of you
America doesn’t seem that terribly horrible when you live here day to day and you’ve known nothing else but when somebody says something like this it fucks you up really good.