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#YesAllWomen

Because my cousin shared 3 rape experiences she had
And on all three occasions
She was wearing sweats and was brutally beaten

So there goes your excuse
That my tight dress was asking for it
It might have escaped your attention,
But I don’t wake up in the mornings,
And put on a skirt thinking,
Will this get me raped?
I don’t put on a tank top hoping,
Maybe this one will.

#YesAllWomen

Because in school, they teach us that our bodies are offensive.

They pull us from classrooms
And hallways
Demanding if we have longer shorts,
Or even a sweater,
Reminding us that the boys are distracted,
That the boys go wild for a peeking shoulder,
Or the sight of a sun burned thigh,
Because their education is more important than ours.

#YesAllWomen

Because white men in pressed suits,
Expensive watches hanging from their wrists,
Red faces glinting with arrogance,
Have more say over my body than I do.

Because those same men,
Quoting the Bible and fake statistics,
Have never shed blood,
As a twisted sacrifice for being a woman.

Because those same men,
Have never walked the streets,
Fearing for their lives,
Clinging to keys between their fingers like a lifeline
With pepper spray in their bags,
Ready for someone to feel entitled to their body.

#YesAllWomen

Because when a man says no to us,
It is a fault in OUR character.
It is because we are not
Thin, tan, or perky enough for HIM.

Because when WE say no to a man,
Its still a fault in OUR character,
We are the cold, ruthless bitch,
Saying no to the nice guy,
Who offered to buy us a drink,
And Who complimented our hair.

#YesAllWomen

Because a UCSB entitled nine-teen year old boy,
Can record a video
Of his plans to shoot down all the
“Blond bimbos who denied him his right,”
And then do so,
Only to have his actions excused by the media,
Claiming he was depressed,
Instead of admitting that male entitlement is dangerous.

#YesAllWomen

Because I am done being silenced
And I am done being polite.
I am done sitting by
And watching
As a country hypocritically cries
Equality and justice
But doesn’t have equal pay
Lets men make decisions for a woman’s body
And blames the victim for the actions of a rapist.

#YesAllWomen

Because our NO won’t be enough one day.

#YesAllWomen

Because I wasn’t asking for it.

#YesAllWomen

Because “Boys Will Be Boys,” is still an excuse

#YesAllWomen

Because “Not All Men Are Like That,” is still a defense.

#YesAllWomen

Because enough blood has been spilled.

#YesAllWomen

Because I am sixteen years old, and I am so afraid, when I shouldn’t have to be.

W. R.

This poem was inspired by actual tweets from the #YesAllWomen trend on twitter. X

(via slytheringirl69)

And it’s killing me that he can run away from this and I just can’t. I can’t- I can’t go out and find someone new because I always think of him.

Neil Hilborn (via iliveloveanddream)

drive-ride-drive:

I was in a hospital today and I saw this cute guy with a cast on his leg and my first thought was

hey this one can’t run away

jewishsanta:

when books make you cry like fuck you book you’re a stack of paper

But sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes we are sad but we don’t really know we are sad. So we say we aren’t sad. But really we are.
Mark Haddon (via versteur)
I would like to be able to gently drift in and out of existence when I wanted to.
Henry Rollins, Solipsist  (via wordsnquotes)
I didn’t even try to love you, it just happened.
Unknown (via perfect)
1) You will hate your 15-year-old self.
2) Go out. Have fun. Kiss girls. Kiss boys. Give blowjobs. Eat a girl out. Experiment on things because you’re almost an adult and it’s challenging out there in the real world. Next thing you know, you’re paying taxes and mortgages.
3) You’ll get attached. You’ll get your heart broken. You’ll cry. You’ll want to die but in the end, you’re gonna have to save yourself. No one else will do that for you. You got this.
4) Things don’t get better, you just get used to the pain. You’re gonna have to fight and stay strong.
5) If you care about someone, tell them. You never know what’s going to happen.
5 Things I realized at 17 // Note to self (via snowkisseshercheek)
Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.
Anna Quindlen, Every Last One   (via exoticwild)

hot-topic-trash-baby:

I want to be spoiled but I also feel extremely guilty when people use money on me


A Story A Day #258 by Ming D. Liu

A Story A Day #258 by Ming D. Liu

stfuconservatives:

antiprolife:

Things that lower abortion rates:

  • Better access to condoms
  • Accessible birth control 
  • Accessible Plan - B pills
  • Comprehensive sex education

Things that do not lower abortion rates:

  • Abstinence-Only sex education
  • Banning contraceptives
  • Shaming people who have sex or get abortions
  • Making abortion illegal

Friendly daily reminder that the entire pro-life movement is basically pointless and counterproductive

Don’t let someone dim your light simply because it’s shining in their eyes.
Don’t hold on to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Leo Buscaglia (via psych-facts)