Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jhumpa Lahiri

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Anonymous asked: I was talking to a friend about catcalling, but was having difficulty describing *how* catcalling made me feel. "Violated" seemed to strong a word, but "victim of unwanted attention" seemed to trivialize it. I still think about your post on catcalling (& the pigeon) a lot, so I was hoping that you could help me out. P.S. Thanks for your awesome blog xo



You’re probably feeling a lot of different things, and I wouldn’t rule out “violated” from being one of them. You could feel objectified, dehumanized, uncomfortable, shame, guilt, threatened, frustrated, humiliated, and/or degraded. You might feel like someone turned you inside out without your permission, or you might feel a shiver go up your spine the same way you feel one when an old white man says “legitimate rape”. You feel embarrassed that this whole time you thought you were a human person when actually you were a cardboard sign that says “Honk & I’ll Give You A Smile!” You feel cheap but like you didn’t get to set your own price.

But if your friend has trouble understanding why having a stranger feel he has the right to yell sexually explicit things at you whenever he wants is damaging and also a slippery, slippery slope, then like fuuuck that friend y’know?

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Chicago Jazz Fest, end of summer send-off.


did some good tweets today i think

once again,

looking @ u petra collins 

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Here is what is going on in Pakistan right now:

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Do you still perform autopsies on conversations you had lives ago?

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yes. like earlier tonight yes.

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I came to Middlebury in the spirit of the autodidactic, of auto-liberation, of writing, of Douglass and Malcolm X. I came in ignorance, and found I was more ignorant than I knew. Even there, I was much more comfortable in the library, thumbing through random histories in French, than I was in the classroom. It was not enough. It will not be enough. Sometimes you do need the master’s tools to dismantle his house.

"Acting French"—Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates on his experience at Middlebury language program as a black man (via de-cive)


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damn lianne

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Anonymous asked: thoughts on mona? + the state of pll in general?



If Mona is Jesus, does that make Alison God?

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Muffy’s pop culture theory has been so on point lately go read her Spice World Chronicles NOW. 


Hello, my name is Strong Female Character, and my secret power is reaffirming the heterosexuality of the disproportionately male cast.

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Janelle Monáe and M.I.A

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Golshifteh Farahani in Vogue Paris, May 2011.

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Devendra Banhart & Ana Kraš

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