What Every Girl Should Know

Simone Meltesen makes art. This is her general interest tumblr (mostly feminism and cats).

[T]he “confidence gap” is not a personal defect as much as it is a reflection of a culture that gives women no reason to feel self-assured.

In girlhood, starkly-divided toy aisles teach us that engineering, electronics and science toys are for boys, that the futures for which we should be preparing are those of the Barbie Dream House variety. Adolescent girls - especially girls of color - are given less teacher attention in the classroom than their male peers. A full 56% of female students report being sexually harassed. Sexual assault on college campuses is rampant and goes largely unpunished, women can barely walk down the street without fear of harassment, and we make up the majority of American adults in poverty.

The truth is, if you’re not insecure, you’re not paying attention. Women’s lack of confidence could actually just be a keen understanding of just how little American society values them.

—From my first piece at the Guardian, The female ‘confidence gap’ is a sham (via jessicavalenti)

"Late at night, with my head teaming with ideas from the class, I head up Broadway to the crest of Russian Hill and am shocked into sentience at the shimmering spectacle below. A full moon hanging low in the sky irradiates the bay with a milky glow. I can still be thrilled by the stunning views afforded by San Francisco’s topography. Crass commercialism, which may have spoiled much in this city, has not been able to blight its exquisite affinity of land and water."

-Yvonne Rainier, Feelings are Facts: A Life

awkwardsituationist:

"an objective observer, from mars lets say, looking at the human species would conclude that they’re an evolutionary error, that they are designed in such a way that leads them to destroy themselves and probably much else with them." — noam chomsky

though you may find that slightly macabre, we seem to prefer our own extinction to the loss of our jobs. happy earth day, everyone.

(via soniasaraiya)

aestheticanxiety:

DAVID HAMMONS
THE ART AUDIENCE IS THE WORST AUDIENCE IN THE WORLD. IT’S OVERLY EDUCATED, IT’S CONSERVATIVE, IT’S OUT TO CRITICIZE NOT TO UNDERSTAND, AND IT NEVER HAS ANY FUN. WHY SHOULD I SPEND MY TIME PLAYING TO THAT AUDIENCE?

aestheticanxiety:

DAVID HAMMONS

THE ART AUDIENCE IS THE WORST AUDIENCE IN THE WORLD. IT’S OVERLY EDUCATED, IT’S CONSERVATIVE, IT’S OUT TO CRITICIZE NOT TO UNDERSTAND, AND IT NEVER HAS ANY FUN. WHY SHOULD I SPEND MY TIME PLAYING TO THAT AUDIENCE?

(via joannegreenbaum)

But what we should know from the situation of gay people of all colours and black people of all sexual preferences is that simply being a victim does not radicalize your consciousness. If that was the case, we would all be fighting the revolution right now together and he fact is we’re not because people want their particular form of victimhood to end with caring about what the implications of that are for other people…We have to move past the idea that our sexual preferences will radicalize our consciousness. Essentialized identity, whether it is race or sex, sexuality, etc. and the notion that just being the victim of something will enlighten you is also the big lie now.