Every woman knows the word slut has power. Whether you love it or hate it, the word “slut” is an evocation of a gender double standard used to control women and no woman alive hasn’t thought about what it means to be labeled in this way. In some cultures, where honor killings take place, it is a matter of life or death.

If you’re a “good” woman, don’t kid yourself. It means you’ve spent your life and will continue to spend your life calibrating your appearance, speech and behaviour so that you are not a slut. By not acknowledging how the word is used you are embracing its power over you and other girls and women. And you will pass that corrupt and misguided abuse of power on to your daughters and mine. That’s because you know, deep down, that at any point that word can be used against you. Every woman is a slut waiting to happen. Women who abhor the word, find it vulgar, and fear it, the ones who slut-shame others, gain a little bit of power by participating in a system that denigrates them.

Other women, and their male allies, reject the power of the word and the social structures that perpetuate its harm. These women and men know it for what it is - a word used to control women and their bodies, and it is useless as a weapon against them.

Soraya Chemaly, The Slut Manifesto (via approximation)

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I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving. Frida Kahlo, The Diary Of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait (via claraoswaldl)

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Comparison is an act of violence against the self. Maya Angelou (via timlebsack)

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The best morals kids get from any book is just the capacity to empathize with other people, to care about the characters and their feelings. So you don’t have to write a preachy book to do that. You just have to make it a fun book with characters they care about, and they will become better people as a result. Louis Sachar (via observando)

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i learned that people can easily forget that others are human. "prisoner" from the stanford prison experiment (1971)

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And the more deeply I felt
the less able I was to respond. Louise Glück, from Timor Mortis (via violentwavesofemotion)

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I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you. I had to see you.

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I am alone here in my own mind.
There is no map
and there is no road. Anne Sexton, “January 24th”, from Scorpio, Bad Spider, Die: The Horoscope Poems  (via lifeinpoetry)

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Anne Sexton, “Admonitions to a Special Person”

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