my witness is the empty sky

alicia sean. 21. queer. body positive. sexually liberal. womanist. atlanta.

I live for music, laughter, knowledge, love. I am who I am and I do what I want—and frankly my dears, I just don't give a fuck.

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"
-Jack Kerouac.

"I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness will find banks full of roses under my cypresses."
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

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howprolifeofyou:

voicesofthesilenced:

teacupnosaucer:

neptunain:

heteronormativity for dummies or, “why homophobes aren’t the only problem”

You will not believe the shit I get for correcting people when they talk about my daughter like this. Just stop fucking assigning sexualities to babies jfc straight people

Just to clarify, it’s the culture, our society, and the straight people who perpetuate heteronormativity, not simply being straight.

Did you just pull a ‘not all straight people’ on a post talking about how ‘not all straight people’ is bullshit lmao
Is that /really/ necessary

bpdlevi:

"you’re obsessed with your mental illness"

i know right? it’s almost like it impacts every part of my life

(Source: ghostielevi)

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life with bipolar: finding stability

I rarely talk about this on social media (mainly to avoid the stigma), but living with bipolar can be a real bitch sometimes. I was officially diagnosed with bipolar (and ADHD) when I was almost 19, but I started having mood swings and episodes when I was about 11. I was hospitalized when I was 16 and misdiagnosed with unipolar depression and was put on antidepressants. needless to say, they didn’t work very well. if anything, they made my life a living hell. after about 6-8 months of battling the horrendous emotional side effects of the medication (the worst of which was the mixed episode I went into), I finally decided to just tackle life unmedicated. I then went into what I think was my first manic/hypomanic episode, and then spent the next two years swinging up and down and all over the place. I always felt like something more than just “depression” was going on, but never had the language or opportunity to describe my symptoms properly to someone who could accurately figure out what was wrong. when I took AP Psych my senior year of high school, everything clicked when we read about bipolar. I also considered borderline personality disorder and a couple other things, but nothing made as much sense as bipolar did. I received my official diagnosis my freshman year of college, not too long before my 19th birthday. finally, I had language to describe the problems I was having. I could finally label what I thought were my shortcomings as symptoms, and begin to piece together my identity. the problem was though that with a label comes stigma. most of the stigma I’ve dealt with has been from my family—my friends and the people I’ve surrounded myself with have always seemed to be understanding and supportive. there were mixed reactions from my family, but the most difficult thing I’ve had to deal with is helping them to understand that “bipolar” does not necessarily mean “crazy”, “unpredictable”, or “dangerous”, it just means that I have physiological problems with regulating my emotions and behavior. my mom, who has always been supportive, has struggled with understanding that I can’t just make myself get out of bed when I’m depressed or keep myself from going out and spending too much money or drinking every night when I’m manic. when I’m having an episode, I can’t see clearly. I can’t see past the emotional state I’m in—when I’m depressed, I feel as if I’ll never be happy again; when I’m manic, I feel as if I’ll never be sad again. my thoughts are distorted, my emotions are inappropriate for the circumstances, my actions are dramatic. I lose complete sense of who I really am and what my goals are. I can’t get out of bed or do my homework or go to class when I’m depressed, but when I’m manic I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I lose a lot of weight, and I can’t focus on any one thing for a long enough time to get it done. living without stability and structure is impossible for me. I can’t function the way I need to be functioning when I’m having an episode. I’ve tried to live unmedicated, relying on exercise and “the strength of awareness and willpower” to keep me stable, but that just doesn’t work for me. I’ve finally found a medication that keeps me stable, and it’s like I’m living in a whole new world. the fog has lifted, the fear of an inevitable episode has dissipated, and I can finally see myself for who I truly am. I’m no longer terrified when I’m stable, because my stability is long-lasting and real rather than a short period of freedom between episodes. I’m excelling again in my schoolwork, performing better at work, and have better relationships with my friends and family. I finally feel safe, responsible, and trustworthy. the only time I get scared of having an episode is when I’m under a lot of stress or don’t get a lot of sleep for more than a couple nights in a row, because medication isn’t perfect and I’m still prone to very short, mild episodes on occasion. but these brief periods of instability are nothing in comparison to the months-long episodes of the past, and I’m aware enough and have the resources to get myself through any short lapses in stability that I may have. I’m so proud of myself for how far I’ve come, and my heart goes out to anyone that may be struggling with the illness and doesn’t have the resources to find stability. if anyone with bipolar reads this and wants to talk about anything at all, feel free to send me a message. I’m always open and willing to share what I’ve learned on my journey to stability.

And if there’s one thing in this world I’ve ever known for sure, it’s that this girl is gonna crush me like a small bug, leave me so fucking broken there’ll be body bags beneath my eyes from nights I cried so hard the stars died. But I’m like, go ahead. I’m all yours. I would kiss you in the middle of the ocean during a lightning storm, cause I’d rather be left for dead than left to wonder what thunder sounds like.
 Andrea Gibson (via syobdas)

(Source: loveless-people)


I will bruise your lips,
and scar your knees
and love you too hard.

I will destroy you
in the most beautiful way possible.

And when I leave,
you will finally understand,
why storms are named after people.

M.K. (via hopelesslyhealing)

(Source: selfishlly)


People wait
all week for friday,
all year for summer,
all life for happiness.
(via sensitizes)

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To all those who don’t think the rape joke was a problem, or rape jokes are a problem.

I get it, you’re a decent guy. I can even believe it. You’ve never raped anybody. You would NEVER rape anybody. You’re upset that all these feminists are trying to accuse you of doing something or connect you to doing something that, as far as you’re concerned, you’ve never done and would never condone.

And they’ve told you about triggers, and PTSD, and how one in six women is a survivor, and you get it. You do. But you can’t let every time someone gets all upset get in the way of you having a good time, right?

So fine. If all those arguments aren’t going anything for you, let me tell you this. And I tell you this because I genuinely believe you mean it when you say you don’t want to hurt anybody, and you don’t see the harm, and that it’s important to you to do your best to be a decent and good person. And I genuinely believe you when you say you would never associate with a rapist and you think rape really is a very bad thing.

Because this is why I refuse to take rape jokes sitting down-

6% of college age men, slightly over 1 in 20, will admit to raping someone in anonymous surveys, as long as the word “rape” isn’t used in the description of the act.

6% of Penny Arcade’s target demographic will admit to actually being rapists when asked.

A lot of people accuse feminists of thinking that all men are rapists. That’s not true. But do you know who think all men are rapists?

Rapists do.

They really do. In psychological study, the profiling, the studies, it comes out again and again.

Virtually all rapists genuinely believe that all men rape, and other men just keep it hushed up better. And more, these people who really are rapists are constantly reaffirmed in their belief about the rest of mankind being rapists like them by things like rape jokes, that dismiss and normalize the idea of rape.

If one in twenty guys is a real and true rapist, and you have any amount of social activity with other guys like yourself, really cool guy, then it is almost a statistical certainty that one time hanging out with friends and their friends, playing Halo with a bunch of guys online, in a WoW guild, or elsewhere, you were talking to a rapist. Not your fault. You can’t tell a rapist apart any better than anyone else can. It’s not like they announce themselves.

But, here’s the thing. It’s very likely that in some of these interactions with these guys, at some point or another someone told a rape joke. You, decent guy that you are, understood that they didn’t mean it, and it was just a joke. And so you laughed.

And, decent guy who would never condone rape, who would step in and stop rape if he saw it, who understands that rape is awful and wrong and bad, when you laughed?

That rapist who was in the group with you, that rapist thought that you were on his side. That rapist knew that you were a rapist like him. And he felt validated, and he felt he was among his comrades.

You. The rapist’s comrade.

And if that doesn’t make you feel sick to your stomach, if that doesn’t make you want to throw up, if that doesn’t disturb you or bother you or make you feel like maybe you should at least consider not participating in that kind of humor anymore…

Well, maybe you aren’t as opposed to rapists as you claim.

Time-Machine (via a comment at shakesville.com)

Single greatest argument about this I have ever heard. 

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worldxmenace:

bandpun:

"Because when I was a kid and going to punk rock shows, there weren’t any girls on stage playing instruments that weren’t there as a pretty prop. Girls that weren’t afraid to get their make-up smeared and look sweaty.. To be fearless and make the stage their own. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. To suddenly have that all taken away from me, and become ‘the wife of’, is without a doubt the most disappointing and fucking heartbreaking thing that could ever happen, because it’s exactly the opposite of what I stand for. It’s not only detrimental to me as a person, but the message that this fucking conveys to the girls that come to see us play is ‘You can work your ass off for ten years and you can be amazing, but at the end of the day you will simply be who you’re married to. Is this nineteen-fucking-fifty-three?"

WHO DAT.

Lyn-Z of Mindless Self Indulgence. Band rules hard.

I decided on you, don’t you get that? I decided on you. I don’t want to go fucking other people and then walk around feeling thrilled and then sad, or empty, or whatever. I like the smell of your hair, and I like the sound of your voice, and I fucking decided on you.

Unknown  (via sadassss)

(via l0stkeys)

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Oh you were beautiful, when your hair was a mess and your face a wreck. You were beautiful when you slept and when you wept. You were beautiful when you never thought you were, because I saw you in those moments, I saw all of you; and oh how I loved you.
T.B. LaBerge // Unwritten Letters to You (via blissfulbeardsdoitbest)

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