"If you asked your girlfriend, “Do you want a Hawaiian vacation for your birthday?” and she didn’t say anything, would you buy plane tickets? If you asked someone at the grocery store, “I only have one item, do you mind if I check out ahead of you?” and they stared determinedly into space, would you cut in front of them? Why is it that “you didn’t say no” applies only to sex?"
- Real Love: Consent—No is Less Important than Yes (via stressmas)
(Source: brutereason, via choicessealourfate)
"When someone works for less pay than she can live on—when, for example, she goes hungry so you can eat more cheaply and conveniently—than she has made great sacrifices for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The "working poor,"[…]are in fact the major philanthropists of society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stocks will be high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else."
- Nickel and Dimed - Barbra Ehrenreich pg 221 (via gorawickid)
"People hate that i flip two cigarettes
Upside down in each pack
But I hate that people notice
When you gain three pounds,
But not when you buy a new hat.
I’ve been told that the way I sleep
With one leg draped over
The person lying next to me
But I think it’s annoying
When people tell me
I look pretty,
But only when I paint my face.
I’ve heard that old men
Like to touch the girls who work late at bars,
But I want to know
Why they never kiss the women they married
fourty-two years ago.
I’ve noticed that mothers teach their daughters
That it’s rude to refuse a hug
From an uncle they’ve met three times,
But forget to teach them
That they aren’t obliged to kiss
The boy who paid for dinner."
- (via thewriterandthewildflower)