“She said, ‘I’m so afraid.’ And I said, ‘why?,’ and she said, ‘Because I’m so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening.’ I asked her why and she said, ‘They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.’”—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (via fusels)
“People say things like “well at least he didn’t beat you.” And I never knew what to say to that. That statement is a guilt trip. It is like saying …“well you should be grateful that he didn’t do anything violent like some fathers do”. People say things like this as though the good about the fact that he didn’t beat me cancels the bad about the rest of what he did or didn’t do. Good does not cancel bad. Good is Good and Bad is Bad. Two different things and it helped me to stop seeing one as cancelling the other.”—Darlene Ouimet (via jiffysquid)
“She had stayed a virgin so she wouldn’t be called a tramp or a slut; had married so she wouldn’t be called an old maid; faked orgasms so she wouldn’t be called frigid; had children so she wouldn’t be called barren; had not been a feminist because she didn’t want to be called queer and a man-hater; never nagged or raised her voice so she wouldn’t be called a bitch… She had done all that and yet, still, this stranger had dragged her into the gutter with the names that men call women when they are angry.”—Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (via anuraglahiri)
“Queerness is where our hope lies.”—bell hooks, in response to a question about the space for and potentialities in genderqueerness and transness in a feminist discourse about bodies. 5th November 2013, Tishman Auditorium at The New School (via paintwithwords)
the only thing I really hate about my job is that because I work all through the night, I end up spending a lot of time in my head, and then there’s no one for me to talk to. all I need is a friend right now. I feel so alone this time of night.