"Limitations breed creativity. Limitations breed freedom."
— Taylor Gahm.
Watch the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/taylor-gahm/1

"Limitations breed creativity. Limitations breed freedom."
— Taylor Gahm.
Watch the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/taylor-gahm/1

15 Women Say Why They Don’t Need Feminism: A Response

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1
Whether you decide to politicize your gender
or not, there are men in positions
of power who are very much willing to do 
for you. So, yes darling
you certainly have no need to.
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2
You are not a victim. I am not either.
I am not a victim and have never been
of a vehicular accident leading to death
I’m sure 
you can understand why I feel the
need to say that I don’t need
insurance. Or rather, say that 
because I am not and have never been
a victim, I don’t need
to appreciate the work MADD 
does. If you are not, I believe you’ll
agree that to do this would be mad.
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3
I don’t think it’s called playing the victim
when there are records, even
though most go undocumented, 
of actual victims.
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4
I promise you, 
that just because you
as a woman in the western world
are not oppressed does not mean
you have to wait until you are
before you feel the need to join
in the fight against the oppression
of women, of anybody
across the world, western 
or not
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5
I hope you become two again
and get as presents, a fish
and a bicycle for your birthday
My wish for you is this: that 
your fish rides your bicycle away
when you’re asleep in the night
and never comes back. And
guess what, you get no more
presents until the day it does.
This sounds like a dream to you,
doesn’t it? You know it’s possible
to just wake up.
So, here’s a second wish: that
you never wake up from it.
And if you do, here’s a third: that
you realize that what you consider
dreams are realities for some, and
some realities are beyond what few
can even begin to dream of. Privilege
is a reality few can only dream of. I
might be wrong, I sometimes am, but
it just might be true that fishes wish
all day long that they too can ride bicycles
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6
You do know, that you can use
what you call critical thinking skills
and STILL represent yourself
along with other women, right? 
No skill is worth anything if not used,
remember that. 

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7
You do not need to belittle a man
in order to lift yourself up, I agree
and must need remind you that you 
do not need to belittle a woman either
especially those who do not know
what it means to be courageous and strong
like you.
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8
Men have issues too, of course!
And straight people too. And
those in the religious, and racial
majority. And definitely, rich people too.
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9
Sorry. And stop being a girl
about it.
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10
Someone has to be blamed, right?
I’ll join you to play the game. So,
here goes: It’s the way she looked at me.
Her skirt was too short. She was drunk.
She didn’t say no.
But let’s ignore the fact that
eyes can look away, a cab can be found
for her to get her home safe, she 
didn’t say yes either. Let’s forget 
the times the apparel that wrapped
her fully-clothed body was ripped
apart. What if her body was even unclad 
do we now forget, the rule
or are we not taught, to not
touch what doesn’t belong to us?
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11
Like an unsolvable riddle, go back 
to 8. Again. And again.
And again, until you really get it.
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12
I’m glad you don’t look oppressed. Even then,
I must say, that not a lot of people who indeed
are look like it.
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13
Don’t wait until you are a 
target, dear. An army does
not now start to prepare for war
when the enemy is approaching base.
There are no enemies here
as long as we’re fighting
together for the same thing
Believe it or not, it’s true
Much is expected of men
because we are respected
and reminded that we should know
and do better
than behaving like beasts
instead of the humans we are
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14
I too believe inequality
exists because of entitlement
and supremacy that’s existed
for centuries now
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15
Nice to meet you too. It’s always nice
to put a face to a name.
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The pictures used in this post were accessed from IJReview.com
clitterly:

emilyvgordon:

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

yes

Houston for the win. That’s my city, and it’s wonderful how her message made it there…

clitterly:

emilyvgordon:

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

yes

Houston for the win. That’s my city, and it’s wonderful how her message made it there…

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dumbkili:

I went on a journey of self discovery today

This is proof that you never quite know what you can do…unless you try.

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I always love reading this story

I always love reading this story

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Picture’s from a poem I wrote last year, titled July 4th. 

To the heroes who lost their lives in the fight for and those who continue to fight for that freedom, thank you! 

Happy Fourth to you all.

Picture’s from a poem I wrote last year, titled July 4th. 

To the heroes who lost their lives in the fight for and those who continue to fight for that freedom, thank you! 

Happy Fourth to you all.

Anonymous said: How do you feel about experimentation vs staying true to your voice as an artist?

samspratt:

I mean, people evolve. Our personalities, our tastes, and our interests shift constantly as we’re introduced to new ideas, experiences, and perspectives. I don’t see why our art — whatever that may be — shouldn’t do the same with us.

"Staying true to your voice as an artist" just sounds like stagnation under the guise of tradition — it’s the artsy equivalent of those curmudgeon-y, old, racist, guys who bullshitedly romanticize the 1950s and yell at youths for their internet telephones, hippity-hop, black presidents, and clothing which doesn’t cover knees. If you get too comfortable with the way things have always been done — with you or your art — you’ll miss (what in my opinion is) one of the absolute best parts of being human: growth.

Now, that may seem like heavy talk, but I’m not sure that we can detach those big human concepts from art — they’ve always kinda gone together. It’s not like art history is just a chronological series of totally arbitrary fashion trends and stylistic fads — art has, and likely always will, change in tandem with, and in reaction to, the way people view the world.

fallontonight:

Here you go, pal! The rap stops him right in his tracks.

- Rachael

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

Henry David Thoreau (via jordan-phoenix)

Life is too deep for words… | Year In Review – 2nd Quarter

As 2013 ended and the new year year began, the singular goal I set out for myself was to “LIVE, by embracing ALL that life has to offer.” Who knew life would hold me accountable to that goal!?

Life is too deep for words… | Year In Review – 2nd Quarter

As 2013 ended and the new year year began, the singular goal I set out for myself was to “LIVE, by embracing ALL that life has to offer.” Who knew life would hold me accountable to that goal!?

Life is too deep for words… | Year In Review – 2nd Quarter

As 2013 ended and the new year year began, the singular goal I set out for myself was to “LIVE, by embracing ALL that life has to offer.” Who knew life would hold me accountable to that goal!?

Life is too deep for words… | Year In Review – 2nd Quarter

As 2013 ended and the new year year began, the singular goal I set out for myself was to “LIVE, by embracing ALL that life has to offer.” Who knew life would hold me accountable to that goal!?

That’s my Daddy!!!!

Before 2012, when I wrote these words (link here: http://forfathersproject.org/ayokunle-falomo/) about my Father which For Fathers Project (forfathersproject) graciously posted on their website, I was not really a big fan of the man but fast forward to now and I can absolutely say a lot has changed. I remain genuinely grateful for the role he’s played in my life as a person; and through watching and learning from his life - both weaknesses and strengths - what I hope to one day be as a man, husband and father.

Happy Fathers’ Day to all current and future Fathers on here. As much as it seems we love our Mothers more than we do you, please know that your role is absolutely indispensable.
Sidenote: Of the few pictures I’ve seen of this man, this is interestingly the only one I have of him smiling. Me thinks he has a beautiful smile & should smile in his pictures more. 

That’s my Daddy!!!!

Before 2012, when I wrote these words (link here: http://forfathersproject.org/ayokunle-falomo/) about my Father which For Fathers Project (forfathersproject) graciously posted on their website, I was not really a big fan of the man but fast forward to now and I can absolutely say a lot has changed. I remain genuinely grateful for the role he’s played in my life as a person; and through watching and learning from his life - both weaknesses and strengths - what I hope to one day be as a man, husband and father.

Happy Fathers’ Day to all current and future Fathers on here. As much as it seems we love our Mothers more than we do you, please know that your role is absolutely indispensable.

Sidenote: Of the few pictures I’ve seen of this man, this is interestingly the only one I have of him smiling. Me thinks he has a beautiful smile & should smile in his pictures more. 

"Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?"

— Clarice Lispector, A Hora Da Estrela (via splitterherzen)

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"Sometimes you’re 23 and standing in the kitchen of your house making breakfast and brewing coffee and listening to music that for some reason is really getting to your heart. You’re just standing there thinking about going to work and picking up your dry cleaning. And also more exciting things like books you’re reading and trips you plan on taking and relationships that are springing into existence. Or fading from your memory, which is far less exciting. And suddenly you just don’t feel at home in your skin or in your house and you just want home but “Mom’s” probably wouldn’t feel like home anymore either. There used to be the comfort of a number in your phone and ears that listened everyday and arms that were never for anyone else. But just to calm you down when you started feeling trapped in a five-minute period where nostalgia is too much and thoughts of this person you are feel foreign. When you realize that you’ll never be this young again but this is the first time you’ve ever been this old. When you can’t remember how you got from sixteen to here and all the same feel like sixteen is just as much of a stranger to you now. The song is over. The coffee’s done. You’re going to breathe in and out. You’re going to be fine in about five minutes."

The Winter of the Air  (via pizzaorwifi)

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