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"Protect yourself so that nobody overrides you, overrules you, or steps on you. You say, “Just a minute, I’m worth everything, dear.” If you really realize that, you realize everybody else is worth everything. Everybody. Fat and thin and plain and pretty, white and black and rich and poor, thick and slow and brilliant. Everybody is worth everything. Start with yourself, though."

— Maya Angelou, the Teen Talking Circle Project, regarding her advice for girls.

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"Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment."

Guillermo del Toro on how horror is inherently political as a genre, Time Magazine (x)

I love this man.

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"There is no intimacy like that between two women who have chosen to be sisters."

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"Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid."

Junot Díaz, speaking at Yale  (via malinche)

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I really love the new images of Carlos that look a little more like me, but also…I’ll tell you one thing that’s pretty personal: I always grew up totally hating my hair. I hated hated hated my hair, because it didn’t do what normal hair did. And of course when you hear that it makes you ask, “Well, what is normal hair?”

Because I grew up around a lot of white people, “normal hair” was “white people hair.” And so the fact that — and this is really no small thing — the fact that Carlos is described as having “perfect hair” and then people actually see my hair, and people who have hair like mine also see it and they believe that it fits and that I do have perfect hair, well now as a community we are re-defining what good hair looks like. And good hair can look like a ton of different things and there isn’t just one standard.

So many times with this spoken and unspoken world of hair politics, there are so many racial implications tied up in it. And we still try to normalize ourselves by appearing like the norm, which is often not representative of what we are. And my hair doesn’t go down, my hair is not straight, it defies gravity and that is just what it’s gonna do, so just let it be. And I always used to want to change my hair so when people see my hair and see that it’s described as perfect hair (which I can only say thank you for), maybe that will inspire someone to not try and alter their hair but instead to let their hair be, which took me so long [to understand].

If I can shorten that time for anyone else then I have done a good job at something. So to bring the answer back to the question, my favorite fan response is, “Oh, I really do love his hair.” It’s like, “WOAH!” I don’t mean that in a vain way at all, you can think whatever you want about my hair, but the fact that you are describing my hair, this hair that’s on my head right now, as “perfect”…that means a lot, more than people know.

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Dylan Marron, PopMythology.com interview 12/28/2013

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"There has come into existence, chiefly in America, a breed of men who claim to be feminists. They imagine that they have understood ‘what women want’ and that they are capable of giving it to them. They help with the dishes at home and make their own coffee in the office, basking the while in the refulgent consciousness of virtue. Such men are apt to think of the true male feminists as utterly chauvinistic."

— Germaine Greer, Australian Feminist