July 20th, 2014
For many of these women, the reading experience begins from a place of seething rage. Take Sara Marcus’ initial impression of Jack Kerouac: “I remember putting On the Road down the first time a woman was mentioned. I was just like: ‘Fuck. You.’ I was probably 15 or 16. And over the coming years I realized that it was this canonical work, so I tried to return to it, but every time I was just like, ‘Fuck you.’” Tortorici had a similarly visceral reaction to Charles Bukowski: “I will never forget reading Bukowski’s Post Office and feeling so horrible, the way that the narrator describes the thickness of ugly women’s legs. I think it was the first time I felt like a book that I was trying to identify with rejected me. Though I did absorb it, and of course it made me hate my body or whatever.” Emily Witt turned to masculine texts to access a sexual language that was absent from books about women, but found herself turned off by their take: “many of the great classic coming-of-age novels about the female experience don’t openly discuss sex,” she says in No Regrets. “I read the ones by men instead, until I was like, ‘I cannot read another passage about masturbation. I can’t. It was like a pile of Kleenex.”

This isn’t just about the books. When young women read the hyper-masculine literary canon—what Emily Gould calls the “midcentury misogynists,” staffed with the likes of Roth, Mailer, and Miller—their discomfort is punctuated by the knowledge that their male peers are reading these books, identifying with them, and acting out their perspectives and narratives. These writers are celebrated by the society that we live in, even the one who stabbed his wife. In No Regrets, Elif Bautman talks about reading Henry Miller for the first time because she had a “serious crush” on a guy who said his were “the best books ever,” and that guy’s real-life recommendation exacerbated her distaste for the fictional. When she read Miller, “I felt so alienated by the books, and then thinking about this guy, and it was so hot and summertime … I just wanted to kill myself. … He compared women to soup.”

In No Regrets, women writers talk about what it was like to read literature’s “midcentury misogynists.” (via becauseiamawoman)

Here’s a fun thing you learn when you study literature: the western canon is not universally beloved. Those books are not the Truth any more than the New York Post is skilled journalism. The main reason they’re held in such high esteem is because they were written by boring white dudes with rage fantasies and boring white dudes with rage fantasies also happen to be largely in charge of deciding which books are deemed classics and taught forever in the American school system.
So if your boyfriend tells you he loves Kerouac then you tell your boyfriend Kerouac was a fucking second rate hack who wrote Beat style because he didn’t have the skill or talent to write any other way, which is probably also why he just copied every adolescent male wanderlust story since the beginning of time. That shit’s derivative and boring.

(via saintthecla)

Everyone go read this immediately. As I decided last week, my life motto has been expanded from “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it” to include “If all your favorite books are by white men, I probably don’t think you’re a very interesting person.”

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July 19th, 2014
July 18th, 2014

Why should I go running?
Asketh - Anonymous

thegoatthatroared:

  • to feel your legs
  • to be grateful that you can
  • to be healthy
  • to see scenic spots
  • to sweat your balls off and get that sexy “glow”
  • to hate yourself for doing it and then feel accomplished when you did
  • to feel like you’re on Baywatch - just in fastmo
  • to feel like you’re in any movie/tv show/vid where you get an awesome background soundtrack
  • to get ready for the zombie apocalypse
  • seriously though, those World War Z zombies weren’t fucking around
  • to live longer
  • to live better
  • to race
  • to be happy
  • to beat your personal best
  • to push yourself
  • to make new running friends
  • to casually jog past that hottie you’ve been eyeing, looking kinda gross but knowing he’s like, damnnn, she runs? imma buy that bitch some sneakers. bitches love sneakers.
  • to be hardcore
  • (cuz if you run you’re hardcore)
  • to complete a 5k
  • to complete a 10k
  • to complete a 20k
  • to complete a half-marathon
  • to complete a full marathon
  • to complete the totally-obsessed-with-marathons-now-girl-or-boy status
  • to be stronger
  • to be able to eat more
  • like so much more
  • like holy fuck i can eat so much fucking food why the fuck isnt my mouth bigger time to get a mouth widener machine thing shtick mabob
  • but like, all in moderation
  • so when people say, i hate running, you can be like, yo i love that shit
  • or if you hate it, you can be like, yo me too
  • *bonding* boom you’re welcome
  • to look hot
  • cuz running makes you look hot
  • like you’re face gets super red and people are like, are you overheated?
  • to feel free
  • AND BECAUSE WHO THE FUCK DOESNT WANNA RUN LIKE THIS???image

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

To start off Birth Control Appreciation Day, I decided to make an informative masterpost on contraceptives! I hope this helps anyone who may want more information on their birth control or someone trying to decide what kind of birth control is best for themselves! Happy (birth control) hunting! - Paige
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL:
Birth Control Pills - [x] [x]
Mini Pill (Progesterone-only Pill) -  [x]
The Patch (Ortho Evra) - [x] [x]
The Shot (Depo-Provera) - [x] [x]
Birth Control Sponge - [x] [x]
Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring) - [x] [x]
Spermicide - [x] [x]
Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) - [x] [x]
IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard) - [x] [x]
Condoms (Male and Female) - [x]
Withdrawal (Pullout Method) - [x] [x]
Diaphragm - [x] [x]
Breastfeeding - [x]
Cervical Cap - [x] [x]
Sterilization (Male and Female) - [x]
Abstinence - [x] [x]
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) - [x] [x]
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL:
Do certain medications make my birth control less effective?
Can I delay or eliminate my period with my birth control?
Will my pregnancy tests come out with an accurate result while I’m on birth control?
Can I use several birth control pills at once in replace of an emergency contraceptive?
Does birth control cause weight gain?
What should I do if I miss a pill?
What should I do if the condom breaks or slips off inside of me?
If I’m on the ring or the patch and I forget to replace it on the right day, do I need to use backup?
I’ve heard that the birth control ring can pop out. What should I do if this happens?
Can birth control increase my risk of getting cancer?
Can you change your mind after having a tubal ligation or vasectomy?
Is it normal to spot or bleed in between periods while on birth control?
Does certain hormonal birth controls affect my blood pressure?
Can being overweight affect my birth control’s effectiveness?
Can certain birth controls lower my libido?
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES:
Types of EC: Plan B / Ella / ParaGard IUD - [x] [x]
What are emergency contraceptives?
How do they work?
How well does it work?
What are the side effects?
When should I take an emergency contraceptive?
Are emergency contraceptives less effective the heavier you are?
If I am under the age of 18 in the US, can I buy emergency contraceptives without my parent’s knowledge or consent?
If I take an emergency contraceptive today, am I covered if I have unprotected sex tomorrow?
Will taking emergency contraceptives too many times affect my fertility?
To find more questions and answers about emergency contraceptives, you can go here.
Información anticonceptivos de emergencia es disponible en Español, aquí.
OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND/OR CERTAIN PREFERENCES:
Condoms for people with latex allergies.
Condoms for vegans. [x] [x] [x]
Other vegan contraceptive options.
Different types of birth control without estrogen.
Contraceptives without any hormones.
Birth control methods that are useful to people with religious concerns. [x] [x]
OTHER BENEFITS OF TAKING BIRTH CONTROL:
Taking oral contraceptives can help lower the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.
Using birth control helps treat acne.
Birth control can help treat the pain caused by Endomitriosis.
Contraceptives offer relief to people with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Anemia can be avoided/treated by using birth control.
Irregular periods can become more regulated by using birth control.
The pill can lead to fewer ectopic pregnancies.
MYTHS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL (All the myths below are dispelled through the links given):
Emergency contraceptives and birth control pills cause abortions.
Free contraceptives and/or condoms makes people participate in risky sexual behavior.
The pill makes you gain a lot of weight.
Douching after sex prevents pregnancy.
You have to start your birth control on a Sunday.
Taking the pill for a long time can make you infertile.
Hormonal contraceptives protect you from contracting STIs.
You don’t need to be on birth control while breastfeeding.
I won’t get pregnant my first time having sex.
The Pill is effective immediately after you take it.
I won’t get pregnant if I shower or pee after sex.
My body needs a rest from birth control at least once a year.
Emergency contraceptives are affected by alcohol.

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

To start off Birth Control Appreciation Day, I decided to make an informative masterpost on contraceptives! I hope this helps anyone who may want more information on their birth control or someone trying to decide what kind of birth control is best for themselves! Happy (birth control) hunting! - Paige

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL:
  • Birth Control Pills - [x] [x]
  • Mini Pill (Progesterone-only Pill) -  [x]
  • The Patch (Ortho Evra) - [x] [x]
  • The Shot (Depo-Provera) - [x] [x]
  • Birth Control Sponge - [x] [x]
  • Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring) - [x] [x]
  • Spermicide - [x] [x]
  • Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) - [x] [x]
  • IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard) - [x] [x]
  • Condoms (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Withdrawal (Pullout Method) - [x] [x]
  • Diaphragm - [x] [x]
  • Breastfeeding - [x]
  • Cervical Cap - [x] [x]
  • Sterilization (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Abstinence - [x] [x]
  • Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) - [x] [x]
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL:
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES:
OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND/OR CERTAIN 
PREFERENCES
:
OTHER BENEFITS OF TAKING BIRTH CONTROL:
MYTHS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL (All the myths below are dispelled 
through the links given):

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July 17th, 2014
I just set up trash service for our new house, it was an incredibly painful experience. Customer service rep did not know what she was doing (must have been new), the last time she put me on hold (30 minutes in) I pulled up their online service page and completed the enrollment in 3 minutes for $60 less that she had quoted me. I waited till she got back on the phone to tell her so, and she kept repeating “that’s not possible”. Sorry sweetie, I’ve spent 40 minutes of my life on trash service so I’m going to go now and you can figure it out. 

Oy vey.

Also, the UPS man handed my Amazon package to a strange man on the street yesterday and their customer service rep told me I have to wait to file a claim until today. Even though UPS confirmed they did indeed hand my package to a strange man on the street.

So, while I know it’s not the customer service reps fault — I really have to quit calling them now.

I just set up trash service for our new house, it was an incredibly painful experience. Customer service rep did not know what she was doing (must have been new), the last time she put me on hold (30 minutes in) I pulled up their online service page and completed the enrollment in 3 minutes for $60 less that she had quoted me. I waited till she got back on the phone to tell her so, and she kept repeating “that’s not possible”. Sorry sweetie, I’ve spent 40 minutes of my life on trash service so I’m going to go now and you can figure it out.

Oy vey.

Also, the UPS man handed my Amazon package to a strange man on the street yesterday and their customer service rep told me I have to wait to file a claim until today. Even though UPS confirmed they did indeed hand my package to a strange man on the street.

So, while I know it’s not the customer service reps fault — I really have to quit calling them now.

kelsium:

Everyone give up and lie on the floor.

July 16th, 2014
You’re right! Why shouldn’t your child have your name? You’re the one who actually has to give birth.

What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name | The Hairpin

I love all of this, especially as someone who’s about to keep my name, knowing that people will assume (and have already) otherwise.

(via ericaaaaa)

Love this whole article. As someone who didn’t change her name when she married, I’ve already come up against this.

"What happens when the teachers dont know that kid is yours because your names are different?!"

1) the teachers will know, day 1 they will know, upon enrollment they will know. The software Is already written to account for this. Shut up.

2) my husband doesn’t drive. If there is an emergency, I will be the one handling it. Again, they will know.

3) who says any kid won’t have my last name? My vagina, my name. Convincing me otherwise will be a challenge. Again, I say, shut up.

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tamorapierce:

Makes a person proud to be Amurrican, dudn’t it?  ::leans to side, spits::

(Source: sandandglass)

loudsoftsonance:

c-cassandra:

my hair and i have a very complicated relationship </3

The story of my life.

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”.
randomitus:

Relevant today

randomitus:

Relevant today

(Source: nevver, via curiousgeorgiana)

July 15th, 2014
cali4niabullets:

THIS IS SO WELL DONE IT SCARED ME

cali4niabullets:

THIS IS SO WELL DONE IT SCARED ME

(Source: uphayinaphu, via runnerknittergeek)

prospect-euphoria:

sandflake:

I dearly wish that people would view their bodies as they view flowers…

Veins everywhere?

image

gorgeous~

Skin patches? Birthmarks?

image

hella rad~

Scars? Stretch marks?

image

beautiful~

Freckles? Moles? Acne scars?

image

heckie yeah~

Large? Curvy?

image

lovely~

Small? Thin?

image

charming~

Missing a few pieces?

image

handsome as ever~

Feel like you just look weird?

image

you’re fantastic looking~

THIS is the best post ever. 

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