1. Women so often have been denied respect, true respect. We need to extend this to each other. The conditioning which teaches us to see each other as competitors for men’s attention also tells us that relationships between women are not as worthwhile as those between women and men. The ability to respect another human being for what she is offering is the foundation for a friendship. It is not to be taken lightly.

    Another bit from the interview of Maya Angelou in The Feminine Face of God.

    (The Maya Angelou bits are the best part of this book, which otherwise comes off very dated in its discussion.)

  2. judithchamizo:

This is 100% true, I promise.

    judithchamizo:

    This is 100% true, I promise.

    Reblogged from: judithchamizo
  3. Carrying Jada

    We think it is rape culture or gun violence that will define us as a fallen civilization. But it’s the indifference that will do us in. It’s our fierce commitment to independence — emotional, cultural, financial, spiritual — as our most prized and noble value that dooms us.

    We are nothing without each other, nothing if all we can manage is protecting our own children, nursing our individual grief, urging others to be more like someone else who was “independent” enough to “move on” and “dust herself off” and “get over it.”

  4. Reblogged from: vidacount
  5. I don’t think it’s terribly controversial to note that women, from a young age, are required to consider the reality of the opposite gender’s consciousness in a way that men aren’t. This isn’t to say that women don’t often misunderstand, mistreat, and stereotype men, both in literature and in life. But on a basic level, functioning in society requires that women register that men are fully conscious; it is not really possible for a woman to throw up her hands and write men off as eternally unknowable space aliens — and even if she says she has, she cannot really behave as though she has. Every element of her life — from reading books about boys and men to writing papers about the motivations of male characters to being attentive to her own safety to navigating most any institutional or professional or economic sphere — demands an ironclad familiarity with, and belief in, the idea that men really are fully human entities. And no matter how many men come to the same conclusions about women, the structure of society simply does not demand so strenuously that they do so. If you didn’t really deep down believe that women were, in general, exactly as conscious as you, you could probably still get by in life. You could probably still get a book deal. You could probably still get elected to office.
    Jennifer duBois, Writing Across Gender (via feimineach)
    Reblogged from: tinyampersand
  6. If you kill a person, you’re a murderer. If you steal, no one would hesitate to call you a thief. But in America, when you force yourself on someone sexually, some people will jump through flaming hoops not to call you a rapist.
    Reblogged from: jessicavalenti
  7. I would prefer the movie in which Judy Greer is the recurrent bridesmaid, however, because she would not take the crap Jane puts up with.
  8. Reblogged from: ladiesagainsthumanity
  9. that’s the problem: A generation of romantic comedies rewarding men for diligently pursuing a woman until she caves has normalized a behavior that has direct and unwelcome corollaries in real life. In an era when we’re having open conversations about representation and sensitivity in comedy, the shtick of a guy who won’t take no for an answer has lost any charm it once held. It’s become either a romantic signpost to set up a long-term romantic dynamic (which it shouldn’t), or it’s shorthand to denote a clueless creep while rarely taking him to task for it.
  10. awritersruminations:

    Nobody’s going to save you.
    No one’s going to cut you down,
    cut the thorns around you.
    No one’s going to storm
    the castle walls nor
    kiss awake your birth,
    climb down your hair,
    nor mount you
    on the white steed.

    There is no one who
    will feed the yearning.
    Face it. You will have
    to do, do it yourself.

    —Gloria Anzaldúa, “Letting Go”

    Reblogged from: awritersruminations
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