“I love you— I do— but I am afraid of making that love too important. Because you’re always going to leave me. We can’t deny it. You’re always going to leave.”—David Levithan, Every Day (via bhagyawati)
“The most sympathetic of men never fully comprehend women’s concrete situation. And there is no real reason to put much trust in the men when they rush to the defense of privileges whose full extent they can hardly measure.”—
Introduction to The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
I have found a new favorite woman perhaps?
I would say today this is applicable to anyone in a position of power/ higher privilege, not just white men (though they do have the most). But I can say that, though I don’t have as much privilege and power as a white male, I’m still a straight, cis gendered, white woman and still have a lot more privilege than a lot of people. I agree with much of what de Beauvoir says however she often equates women’s struggles to the struggle of African Americans in a white-dominated America as well as the discrimination against Jewish people which is no where near a fair comparison. But do I like that this quote is a woman saying “check your privilege” 60 some years before tumblr got a hold of the phrase.
“So it is that many men will affirm as if in good faith that women are the equals of man and that they have nothing to clamor for, while at the same time they will say that women can never be the equals of man and that their demands are in vain.”—
Introduction from The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
the sad thing is that this was written in 1952 and is still applicable.
AU where 'friend' and 'boyfriend'/'girlfriend' are the same word. imagine how confusing that would be! you would tell somebody about your ‘friend’ but they literally wouldn’t know what your relationship is because……..
oh wait sorry this isn’t an AU. German, I was talking about German. Imagine German.
“But confusingly, misogynists are sometimes men who speak softly and eat vegan and say “a woman’s sexual freedom is an essential component to her liberation. So come here.” It’s a tricky world out there. And while I’d prefer a critical approach to gender from men I elect, read and even bed, in my experience, the so-called feminist men I’ve met deep down have not been less antagonistic or bigoted toward women. What I see over and over again is misogyny in sheep’s clothing, and at this point, I would rather see wolves as wolves.”—
“You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won’t tell you that he loves you, but he loves you. And you feel like you’ve done something terrible, like robbed a liquor store, or swallowed pills, or shoveled yourself a grave in the dirt, and you’re tired. You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and you’re trying not to tell him that you love him, and you’re trying to choke down the feeling, and you’re trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your heart taking root in your body, like you’ve discovered something you didn’t even have a name for.”—Always this.