"Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise."

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (via evocativesynthesis)

Oh man I just read this book while I was in Romania and it is so good. 

I mean THEY’RE ALL SO GOOD but damn. If you’re feeling like a lost child pretending to have an adult life, this is a good book for you to read.

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"All women dream of meeting a partner who will like our bodies as they are. We long for partners who will offer affirmation and unconditional acceptance, particularly if we have never been affirmed or were affirmed only as children in our families of origin. We long for acceptance of our physical beings, to be admired as we are, even as we withhold affirmation from ourselves. This is the worst form of self-sabotage. We can “start where we are” by offering ourselves that gaze of approval we long to see in the eyes of someone else. The more we love our flesh, the more others will delight in its bounty. As we love the female body, we are able to let it be the ground on which we build a deeper relationship to ourselves—a loving relationship uniting mind, body, and spirit."

bell hooks, communion, “Ch. 8 “Growing into a Woman’s Body” (this chapter includes rethinking negative attitudes about weight and menstruation, striving for better health, allowing beauty to follow—“We cannot negate our bodies and love them [simultaneously].”)

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Thank you, bell. Future husband best realize this.

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Repeat: “We cannot negate our bodies and love them [simultaneously].”

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Another historical fiction trope I hate: 

The young girl with ~mysterious abilities~.

She can heal with a touch! She has dreams about the future! She has been chosen by her pagan gods to lead her people to a new land!

I find it curious that people can’t seem to write stories about ancient history without including some kind of unexplained force, even though presumably they don’t believe that things actually happened that way.

There’s a contingent of female writers in particular who like to imagine ancient societies where only women possessed strong connections to the mystical. I suspect it’s an attempt to provide female characters with their own kind of power, so they can control events as much as the average male protagonist. (The more common way of doing this is to write about women who were wives, mistresses and daughters of powerful men; this puts them in the center of great events, but it ties their value as characters to the agency of men.)

Anyway, I find this so-called “feminist spirituality” genre to be so much less powerful than a plausible story about a woman who may have been real, and what she would have actually gone through in her day. Why should a woman have to be “special” for her story to matter?


Trawling the internet for feminist historical novels, and I just found the blog of a feminist law student who recommends The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory.

AKA the novel that makes Queen Elizabeth I out to be an utter ditz.


My clever little sister, ladies and gentlemen and non-binaries.
And no, I don’t think it was available to torrent anywhere. Most of the good ebook torrents seem to have been on Demonoid, alas. 

My clever little sister, ladies and gentlemen and non-binaries.

And no, I don’t think it was available to torrent anywhere. Most of the good ebook torrents seem to have been on Demonoid, alas. 

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Back up, everybody.

I am about… to pay for an ebook.

That’s right.

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"

"We should get married," Joe said.

"No," I said, the only answer to logic. It was because I didn’t want to, that’s why it would gratify him, it would be a sacrifice, of my reluctance, my distaste.

Prove your love, they say. You really want to marry me, let me fuck you. You really want to fuck, let me marry you instead. As long as there’s a victory, some flag I can wave, parade I can have in my head.

"

— Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

alefrito:

One Shade of Grey
(Sinfest)

…That is so hot.

alefrito:

One Shade of Grey

(Sinfest)

…That is so hot.

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bell hooks resources 

themindislimitless:

If you have any more, or alternate links just in case these ever get removed, feel free to add to the list. Pass the resources along!

HOOKS!

I had to read We Real Cool for a soc class once and it was awesome.

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"Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you’re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur."

Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride (via fuckyeahfeministartandliterature)

Everything Margaret Atwood has ever written.

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