There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.Martha Graham (via foreverportia)
this picture should have more then the amounts of notes it has, this shows us that not ever thing is “picture perfect” and that behind that smile and those eyes there is fear . So i beg you to please reblog this instead of a pair of shoes, someone smoking a blunt, and clothes … because this picture is literally worth 1,000 words
This is insanely powerful.
As someone who grew up in an abusive household, I will never fucking fail to reblog this. People pull bullshit all the time over people getting abused. They make it to where it’s covered up, the victim’s fault, or they don’t care about it. This is happening RIGHT NOW and could be happening to your own neighbor, mother, sister, brother, grandparents, teachers, mail-deliverer. Anyone. IT is a nightmare.
And don’t forget that it isn’t always physical or visible.
I finally met someone who is as terrified of animals as I am especially dogs.
I just found a 50 Cent CD in my moms drawer.
Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness (via alecstasy)
- push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
‘Pro-life’ pundit literally celebrates the return of coathanger abortions.
Following the passage of Texas’ oppressive abortion bill, RedState.com founder and top conservative pundit let loose the tweet above. The link leads to a site selling coathangers. “Ha ha! You lose! Go kill yourselves with coathanger abortions now!”
This is what passes for the “pro-life” position on the right.
Of course, there’s nothing pro-life about this. There isn’t even anything pro-birth here. But there’s an accidental exposure of truth here. And the truth is that abortion laws are just another form of slut-shaming. It’s behind so many of the arguments. Remember Foster Friess, Rick Santorum’s billionaire backer? Yeah, he got a lot of unwanted attention for this little exchange with Andrea Mitchell in 2012:
MITCHELL: Do you have any concerns about some of his comments on social issues, contraception, about women in combat, and whether that would hurt his general election campaign would he be the nominee?
FRIESS: I get such a chuckle when these things come out. Here we have millions of our fellow Americans unemployed; we have jihadist camps being set up in Latin America, which Rick has been warning about; and people seem to be so preoccupied with sex. I think it says something about our culture. We maybe need a massive therapy session so we can concentrate on what the real issues are. And this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s [so] inexpensive. Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.
MITCHELL: Excuse me, I’m just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly.
The subject here was contraception coverage, but the underlying argument is the same: women who have sex, but want to avoid pregnancy, are sluts. The issue is their fault — not the fault of the men trying to regulate their bodies. If these gals would just keep their legs together, why it wouldn’t be an issue, now would it? The same reasoning was behind Rush Limbaugh’s slut-shaming of Sandra Fluke.
Pregnancy is seen as the consequence of a moral crime. Abortion laws, like the arguments against contraception coverage, are about punishing dirty little sluts — not about saving lives or protecting women somehow. Erick-Erick gleefully imagines sluts paying the ultimate price for their round-heeled ways. He sees coathanger abortions as women getting what they deserve and completely ignores the fact that the “unborn baby” he’s supposedly so interested in saving goes to the grave with the mother. He clearly doesn’t give a damn about the fetus; this is about getting the woman with an unwanted pregnancy to take what she’s got coming to her.
If you check his twitter feed, you’ll see Erickson’s since tried to weasel out of his tweet by pretending he was mocking people who used coathangers to protest the bill, but this makes no sense, since the protests have already happened. And why would protesters who already had coathangers need to bookmark a site selling coathangers? And in what way would this be mocking them anyway? What could the punchline possibly be, exactly?
No, Erick Erickson was celebrating a victory in the Republican War on Women by telling pro-choice women to go die like the sluts they are. It’s impossible to take it any other way. The rest of Erickson’s anti-choice crowd have to be pretty angry with him right now. He let the cat out of the bag. None of this is about “saving babies,” it’s all about hating women.
"Pro-life" my ass.
Reblogging for some of the commentary.
There’s these three girls in the library acting like kardashian sisters and recording videos of themselves, while I sit trying to study anatomy on such a lovely day. I dont know who has the sadder life.
You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.Hillary Clinton (via prevarila)
The so-called “pro-life” movement’s philosophy.
One of the best political cartoons that I’ve seen.
You know what pisses me off about this? Really, REALLY pisses me off? That’s George (H.W.) Bush holding that umbrella. He was president 1981-1989. Do you get that?
It means that the right have not budged an inch on their ridiculous pro-foetus, anti-actual-persons position in THIRTY GODDAMN YEARS. We should not still be having this argument! Thirty year old political cartoons should be bafflingly opaque, not crystal clear!
^ Reblogging again for that comment.