Girls know perfectly well that structural sexism means they can’t have everything they’re being told they must have. They are striving to have it all everyway, striving to have everything and be everything like good girls are supposed to, and it hasn’t broken them yet, for good or ill. That’s is one reason young women still do so well in school and at college despite our good grades not translating to real-world success. It’s one reason we’re so good at getting those entry-level service jobs: we are not burdened by the excess of ego, the desire to be treated like a human being first, that prevents many young men from engaging proactively with an economy that just wants self-effacing drones trained to smile till it hurts.
The press just loves to act concerned about half-naked young ladies, preferably with illustrations to facilitate the concern. Somehow nothing changes. And maybe that’s the point. Maybe part of the function of the constant stream of news about young girls hurting and hating themselves isn’t to raise awareness. Maybe part of it is designed to be reassuring.
It must be comforting, if you’re invested in the status quo, to hear that young women are punished and made miserable when they misbehave. — Laurie Penny, Girl trouble: we care about young women as symbols, not as people (via sparkamovement)
That’s why I always said, “I hope you have a nice break” to people before Thanksgiving break because thanksgiving is a shit holiday and you never know if someone is celebrating it or not.
I love it when my mind gets changed about someone. Like I initially have a bad impression of them, and then I realize they are a cool and interesting person. It’s the best
great coalition meeting tonight!! Next semester is going to be exciting!
the idea of people having to be ‘useful’ is just so gross, like people do not exist to be used
having to produce something and have a use is a capitalist ideal and not an intrinsic part of humanity
just by being alive you are human and you are worth something and you can never be useless
faced with four hours of potluck coming up.
I really believe in working your way up through the ranks of organizing. Not always as a hard-and-fast rule, but a general rule.
For example, this socialist group I’m a part of (which shall remain unnamed) is trying to start a branch in West Philly. They came to our action a couple nights ago and were just awkward and out of place. They’re not leaders yet and they want to start a movement here. It’s ok that they’re not leaders, of course, because no one becomes one overnight.
But that’s just the thing… you can’t become a leader overnight. And when you’re doing direct organizing and peoples’ homes, livelihoods, are at stake, learning solely on the job is unethical and can seriously screw people over.
It’s just so arrogant and misguided, and maybe even a bit imperialist, to think you can walk into a community, and know what it needs and how you can fix it.
little activist things:
Signing emails with “In solidarity”