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This? Is why I think it’s vital that we fight for diverse literature in schools. When the book-banning folks come out, it’s so often to shut down a person belonging to a minority group speaking about experiences that make people uncomfortable. Of course we are uncomfortable. We are complicit. It takes discomfort to impel change.

Not all kids will get a real picture of the world at home; I certainly didn’t. Those kids may go on to be the next generation of oppressors, having been taught lies that cause them to see minorities as subhuman, unless they have outside influences to show them otherwise. It matters that they read books by African-Americans, by women, by LGBT authors. It matters that they gain empathy and experience others’ lives.

It matters that they become uncomfortable enough to change.

- from Reading Helped Me Overcome My Racist Upbringing by Susie Rodarme (via bookriot)

sun-thief-rai:

lauriejuspeczyk:

so you’re telling me there’s an alien who regenerates into a completely random form, that he cannot control or determine himself, and who understandably could take millions of different appearances, but who all 13 times just turned into a different skinny white guy

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A soft woman
is simply a wolf
caught in meditation.

- Pavana पवन  (via targaryaens)

(Source: maza-dohta)

infamousnfamous:

outrageouslyqueer:

who the fuck hears ‘id like this character to be more visibly queer’ and interprets it as ‘id like this character to be a flamboyant stereotype’

straight people

(Source: ragingqueermisandrist)

Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.

- Maya Angelou (via paradoxalpoised)

(Source: observando)

What I want to say, querido, is
hunger is not romantic to the hungry.
What I want to say is
fear is not thrilling if you’re the one afraid.
What I want to say is
poverty’s not quaint when it’s your house you can’t escape from.
Decay’s not beautiful to the decayed.

- from “Still Life with Potatoes, Pearls, Raw Meat, Rhinestones, Lard, and Horse Hooves” by Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman (via limb-of-satan)

Culture doesn’t need exploring so much as it needs exploding. We need to destroy things and reconstruct them in our own image, because the people who make our media aren’t going to do it for us. That’s why I want femslash to save the world, and I will not take no for an answer.

- "Femslash Can Save The World, If We Let It," by Kate on Autostraddle. x (via annamaize)

The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.

- Warsan Shire (via petrichour)

(Source: seabois)

lilacsinthedooryard:

Gustav Klimt
Island in the Attersee

lilacsinthedooryard:

Gustav Klimt

Island in the Attersee

People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.

- James Baldwin (via petrichour)

(Source: commovente)