"Rise. Shine. Reach outside yourself. Wake and discover the dreams you are capable of when you aren’t sleeping. May they keep you up at night. Marvel at how big they are and witness what they can become. Grow with your ambitions. Flex on those who doubt. Nourish no bad seeds. No black can’ts. No black don’ts. No black maybes. You will. Stretch so that the tension is too great-Become greater. You do not have to dance to choreograph your next steps. Just make sure you get your sun. Black boys. Black girls. Your cage is too small to hold you forever. Show them"
- Dexter R. Jones
Stop calling me “someone’s daughter”.
That should be enough reason not to hurt me.
what ‘turn up’ means according to kim taehyung.
The question becomes, Whose femininity do we seek to question and most obsessively seek to uncover its “dirty secrets”? Are other women’s beauty so readily dissected and probed in private boundaries made public? Whose beauty is a deceit, needing to be uncovered, and whose is seen as simply an extension of an inherently beautiful and awe inspiring womanhood? And finally, what does it say about the way we view not only Black women, both cis and trans, but women across the board? What does it say about how mistrustful we are of our own femininity and unsure of our own standing in the context of a patriarchal gaze. When womanhood is so readily deconstructed by the very purveyors of its infinite power and mystery, what hope is there for a feminist revolution?
In a society in which womanhood, blackness, and trans womanhood are all pathologized we would do well to collectively challenge hierarchies. What would it look like if we as women collectively pooled our best cards and challenged patriarchy for the grand kitty? How do we expand the definition of womanhood to serve our lives and not the whims of a world that sees us as inherently less than human cut out dolls? Perhaps we can take the bra off womanhood so she breathes a little easier, knock out the wall, and make the powder room a little roomier. Its 2014 and we all need space to fix our makeup and fluff our Lena Horne inspired curls, to take over the World.
I remember when I thought people in their 20’s were adults. Now all of my friends are in their 20’s and everybody is just kind of fumbling around bumping into each other, trying to figure out where the free food is
Excellent gif use
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