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
Msa boy: “Omg hijab is such a beautiful concept. I love it. Men have hijab too. Haha I can’t show you my knees haha hijab. I feel the struggle too especially since I have a beard haha hijab it’s like I understand”
i feel like every single boy is a fuckboy. i feel like theres a fuckboy scale that goes from 1 to 10 that every single boy falls on. it’s not a question of whether a boy is a fuckboy or not but rather how bad of a fuckboy he is
when people say that raising the minimum wage will hurt workers because of layoffs or inflation they’re really just admitting that capitalism is structurally unable to provide an adequate standard of living for the working class
“The term “model minority” came about in the 1960s in newspaper and magazine accounts of perceived Japanese American and Chinese American socioeconomic success. High levels of educational achievement, low rates of mental disorder and criminality, and job mobility were used as factors to measure this success. Subsequently, it was extended to Asian Americans as a whole. Characteristics attributed to the model minority-of hard work, thrift, family cohesion, deference to authority were explained by pointing to an undifferentiated, essentialized notion of “Asian culture.” These Asian values, it was argued, while still alien, were highly compatible with Anglo-American values, especially the Protestant work ethic. How did Asians, who had historically been subject to immigration exclusion, political disenfranchisement, various forms of discrimination, and physical violence as the “yellow peril,” become the model minority, seemingly overnight? Turning to the domestic and international historical context at this time sheds light on the apparent shift. In the 1960s, African Americans were actively challenging institutional racism through the civil rights struggle. The figure of the Asian American model minority was constructed as a conservative backlash against these activists, who were deemed to be unruly and underachieving. African Americans were told that if Asian Americans could succeed, why couldn’t they? A U.S. News and World Report article in 1966 presented a progressive account of the history of Asians in the United States, the road “from hardship and discrimination to become a model of self-respect and achievement in today’s America.” Asian American “success” was used as evidence to support the claim that American liberalism could indeed function as a multiracial democracy. Therefore, if the system is not flawed, it was argued, the fault must somehow lie with the African Americans themselves. If African Americans “worked” as hard as the Asian Americans, then surely they could become model minorities as well. Indeed, as reported by U.S. News and World Report, “At a time when it is being propose that hundreds of billions be spent to uplift Negroes and other minorities, the nation’s 300,000 Chinese-Americans are moving ahead on their own-with no help from anyone else.” So the figure of the model minority was less about Asian Americans per se and more a lesson to be learned by African Americans and a deflection away from the focus on the problem of institutional racism and racial inequality. It attempted to sublate the contradictions of the U.S. nationstate. Such a deflection was necessary not only for domestic race relations, but for Cold War international geopolitical relations as well. In the Cold War battle against communist totalitarianism, the United States was very concerned about its international image and sought to counter and mitigate charges of racism.”—Jodi Kim, Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War (via dangerousidea)
the act of pretending to be part of an oppressed group as an “experiment” to see how their day to day lives are is so inherently shitty because it means that you don’t believe anything that the oppressed group has to say and that you can only empathize with oppressed groups once you’ve directly confirmed for yourself that they are oppressed
instead of dressing up in a fat suit why don’t you just ask your fat friend
“Whether she is elevated to the status of a goddess or reduced to the level of a prostitute, the designation is degrading, for he does the naming, whereas her experience as a woman is trivialized and distorted. Metaphorically, she is of the highest importance; practically she is nothing. She has no autonomy, no status as a character, for her person and her story are shaped to meet the requirement of his vision. She is thus constructed as beauty, eroticism, fecundity—the qualities the male Self values most in the female Other”—Gender In African Women’s Writing by Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi (via stopfetishisingafricanwomen)
I don’t give a fuck about cis white girls who don’t shave their armpits I’m here for black/latinx girls with dark coarse peach fuzz on they upper lip IM here for trans girls who don’t shave their beards and legs IM HERE FOR woc with back hair, side burns and face fuzz As long as me and my sisters keep getting called gorillas for being brown and black and hairy I can’t be here for cis white girls with a strip of hair on their armpits
1, 2, 8, 14, 17. i was gonna put them all but i actually wanna know those ones cuz i don't already and i feel like a bad best friend. i think i know 14 (nose?)but idk if you want any other piercings.
1- The meaning behind my URL: i wanted a url that wasn’t in english and for some reason latin really interested me at the time, so i typed in “complicated” in google translate and translated it to latin and involutus was one of the choices and it sounded really pretty so i just went with that one haha.
2- i will post a picture soon, i’m not on my own computer right now!
8- top 5 favorite things to do when im depressed/anxious: clean my apartment, talk to my sister, smoke cigs, lay in bed, and text random people.
14- piercings i want: nose and belly button!!
17- favorite movie: I hate this question because I really don’t watch movies that often so I’ve had the same fav movie since i was 16 but I really really love Lost in Translation.