We do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of men. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, you have to pretend that you’re not, especially in public otherwise you will ‘emasculate’ him.’
But what if we questioned the premise itself— why should a woman’s success be a threat to a man? What if we decide to simply dispose of that word? And I don’t think there’s an English word I despise more than ‘emasculation.’” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TedxEuston (x)
The world would split open” —Muriel Rukeyser (via thepoemistrebloggs)
that despite infinite chances,
that despite knowing that we are
the drops in the river of Heraclitus,
something in us endures:
something that did not find what it was looking for.” —Jorge Luis Borges (via speakmnemosyne)
It isn’t as small as it once was,
But honestly, the world needs more of you.” —Clementine von Radics (via lovemestarkly)
but for understanding, as though it
could be had in the abstract.” —Louise Glück, Moonbeam (The Seven Ages)
The planets whirl in my dreams.
The stars press against my window.
I rotate in my sleep.
My bed is a warm planet.” —Marvin Mercer, 1981 (via apoetreflects)