It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?"
— Sandi Toksvig
— Sandi Toksvig
the worst thing you can say to someone is ‘you’re too sensitive’ because that’s basically saying ‘you feel things more deeply and fully than i do and this inconveniences me because now i have to be more mindful of my own actions’
you’re not too sensitive, the world is just callous and stubborn. sensitivity doesn’t make you weak and callousness doesn’t make you strong.
i read every book i was assigned in high school, but not until weeks after we finished going over it in class and took the test
and i passed every book test with flying colors anyway
so my point is that most of the time, even the kids who really like reading books aren’t reading the books
AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO READ ALL THE BOOKS?
Yes, including Hogwarts: A History.
— Enjolras to Marius, Book VII
To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”
This invisibility is political."
— Michael S. Kimmel, in the introduction to the book, “Privilege: A Reader” (via femmeanddangerous)