So often we’re told that the “right” partner will “look past” our disability or “love us anyway,” like they’re on some sort of humanitarian mission. In that moment, I realized what complete and utter bullshit that idea is. The problem is not our bodies — it’s the misguided assumptions people project onto them. That we shouldn’t want them. That we don’t know how to use them. That they need to be cured. That’s what I want the people in my life — friends, family, girlfriends — to look past. I don’t want them to look past me. My disability is essential to my body. It’s a tough belief to stick to, and one that requires constant reinforcement, but it’s the truth.”
— Carrie via Know Me Where It Hurts: Sex, Kink, and Cerebral Palsy | Autostraddle (via autostraddle)
There are a wide variety of books in the #YALit category that can be used to discuss issues like sex, sexuality, sexual violence, and consent with teens.
Here are some book discussion guides for just a few of the titles.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson : …
Sophie Calle asked blind people to describe what beauty is. The last one is empty- he said he didn’t need beauty in his brain.
Color is a means of exerting a direct influence upon the soul.”
— Wassily Kandinsky (via strawberyfields)
Putting pretty white girls on all your book covers is the book equivalent of what all our fashion magazines do. An idealization of beauty that is unrealistic and dangerous to our youth. And it isn’t the right thing to do. Seeing a minority grace the cover of a YA book is like spotting the Lochness monster, you wonder if you’ve truly seen it and if you’ll ever see it again. How sad is that? To say that only pretty white girls can sell YA books is not a business model that publishers should approve of. And it’s not true. We need look no further than the gender neutral and iconic covers for the Hunger Games and Twilight series to see the truth.”
— Ellen Oh (via necesitamosunarevolucion)
Hey! I know her.(via yahighway)
Teju Cole refuses the New York Times’ invitation to recommend a book for Barack Obama to read:
"I suppose at least a little faith in literature’s ability to make us better is what lies behind this question. But I have no such faith. The president has already read many wonderful books from many different cultures. Now we need him to act justly in certain matters: to stop killing people extrajudicially, and to stop deporting people with such enthusiasm. I doubt that more reading will quicken his conscience in these matters."
(image above by Kok Nam)
"[I]solating and identifying the UFP in natural environments is a challenging task for the researcher. While she may elect to self-identify by donning goth clothing or applying black eyeliner, it is as likely that she will be visually indistinguishable from her likable counterparts. The UFP is so common, in fact, that naturalists might be better served by devoting their energies to searching out the Likable Female Protagonist instead, a creature so rare and elusive that some researchers suggest she is extinct, or in fact a figment imagined by overly enthusiastic graduate students in the humanities. At any rate, delineating the behaviors of the Likable Female Protagonist, should they be definable, is outside the scope of the present paper.” — Sarah McCarry (@sarahmccarry) offers up a field guide to the identification of Unlikable Female Protagonists.