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Jul 18 '14

A co-worker closed the door to the staff room behind him.
It locked automatically
and I started planning what I could use as a weapon:
smash the glass beside the fridge into his eye.
pick up the fork next to me and sink it into his leg.
claw him across the face if I couldn’t get to anything in time.
As I calculated how hard it would be to shove his body weight off of me,
he finished making his lunch, said, “Sup,” and left,
the door automatically locking behind him.
I expect if I told him I was prepared to stab him with the corner of my staff ID if I had to,
he would say what I’ve heard too often, the one we all know
but are getting wearily suspicious of:
Not all men are like That.

When I was eleven, all the girls in my class got sent to self-defence
because they assumed we’d need it one day.
When I was twelve, there was a prostitute’s body dumped in the river next to my house
because someone thought she was disposable.
When I was thirteen, it happened again and this time the man went to jail
and people stood outside the courtroom and held up signs that he did the right thing.
When I was fourteen, my friend showed up to a sleepover late, chest heaving from sobbing
and from running four blocks after getting chased by a man that followed her off the bus.
When I was fifteen, my mother accused me of being a Man Hater
and I said, “No, but god, would you blame me if I was?”

I got catcalled and then got laughed at when I flipped them off.
they pulled up beside me and I clutched my bag tighter,
my hand going in for my keys and my mind going over how their noses would look
if I smashed them in with my elbow.
“What’s the big deal,” the guy at the steering wheel asked. “We’re just complimenting you. We’re not like That.”

Sorry, but I’m not going to trust you in case I end up on a poster labelled ‘MISSING.’
Even if you seem like the nicest guy, I’ll still have one hand holding my keys
as the only knife I’m allowed, because I don’t know how far you’re going to take it:
if you won’t back off when I tell you I don’t want to date you
if you’ll shout BITCH at me when I don’t respond well to your catcall
if you’ll expect my body as a reward for treating me like a human being
if you’ll try to take what you think you’re owed by being a man
if you’ll turn me into another statistic that people shudder away from.

I have been trained to assume that it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing
or face the consequences.
I don’t know if you’ll nod when I reject you
or pump me full of bullets.

Every single woman I’ve talked to has a story where they haven’t felt safe in their own body
because of what a man said or did.

Not all men are like That, but god, it’s enough.

— 'Welcome to Girlhood: None Of Us Are Safe.' (via pinkhairandbubblegum)

(Source: theappleppielifestyle)

(via noodlebabby & theappleppielifestyle)

Jul 18 '14

i am unmasked with you.

zutara week | day 4: cobalt blue

(via zutara & starlight-in-your-eyes)

Jul 18 '14
There’s no point to a guy yelling, “Hey sexy baby” at me out of the passenger window of a car as it speeds past. Even if I was into creepy misogynists and wanted to give him my number, I couldn’t. The car didn’t even slow down. But that’s okay, because he wasn’t actually hitting on me. The point wasn’t to proposition me or chat me up. The only point was to remind me, and all women, that our bodies are his to stare at, assess, comment on, even touch. “Hey sexy baby” is the first part of a sentence that finishes, “this is your daily message from the patriarchy, reminding you that your body is public property”.

(via ohjeeeze & official-mens-frights-activist)

Jul 17 '14
teachingliteracy:

by incidentalcomics:
Behind Every Great Novelist (Illustration for the NY Times Book Review)

teachingliteracy:

by incidentalcomics:

Behind Every Great Novelist (Illustration for the NY Times Book Review)

(via teachingliteracy & incidentalcomics)

Jul 17 '14
childoflightningg:

everything about this screenshot is so in character

childoflightningg:

everything about this screenshot is so in character

(via toasttoperfection & childoflightningg)

Jul 17 '14

stellarcaprice:

snowce:

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

Boss

(Source: likebookends)

(via petesturbation & likebookends)

Jul 17 '14

lexlifts:

the-barghinator:

gracefthannah:

boys are fucking stupid

rip his fucking head off

…and then shit on his neck forreal

(via petesturbation & gracefthannah)

Jul 17 '14
miketooch:


kangaroonemesis:

Im not sure the new IT guy knows what he is doing…

Nonsense give him a promotion and his own corner office

miketooch:

kangaroonemesis:

Im not sure the new IT guy knows what he is doing…

Nonsense give him a promotion and his own corner office

(via toasttoperfection & kangaroonemesis)

Jul 13 '14

(via fishingboatproceeds & hanklerfishcomic)

Jul 13 '14
matialonsorphoto:

another try
by matialonsor

(via liquidlucky & matialonsorphoto)