I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women. —

Why rape prevention activists don’t like the new nail polish that can detect roofies. (via think-progress)

While I agree with the sentiment of their opposition, as a woman, I am not going to wait until men are taughtfrom an early agenot to rape in order to protect myself. This is not the solution to the problem, but it is a way for women to deal with it until it is reached. If it makes even one women feel safer in a public setting, then I’m all for it.

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Syrians Honor Jim Foley

Image: Residents of Kafranbel, Syria pay tribute to Jim Foley, the American journalist executed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Via Kafranbel Syrian Revolution on Facebook. Select to embiggen.

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wallflowerbloom:

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

(Dead Poets Society, 1989)

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halftheskymovement:

These diagrams from the Women’s Media Center’s Women Under Siege project shows the ways in which sexual violence against women has been weaponized by armies in many conflicts around the world.

One of the more disturbing reasons soldiers engage in sexualized violence against women is to promote solidarity among the soldiers, or “unit cohesion.” “[Unit cohesion is] a kind of nasty socialization in which soldiers find something terrible they have now in common." writes Lauren Wolfe, director of the Women Under Siege project.

bedsider:

Birth control gives you the freedom to plan a family on your own terms. It allows you to work or travel or pursue your dreams before you’re ready to have a baby. It helps with certain medical conditions. It’s there when you want to have smokin’ hot sex and not get pregnant. Basically, there are lots of reasons to be thankful for birth control.

Girls star and all-around awesome lady Lena Dunham took to Twitter to voice her appreciation. She also asked women and men what birth control does for them. The whole thing made our ♥ sing.

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There are nice things in the world— and I mean nice things. We’re all such morons to get so sidetracked. —J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey  (via te-salutant)

lunarobverse:

A brilliant metaphor

And I’ve been hit by a car while riding a bicycle. Twice.

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I don’t think people love me. They love versions of me I have spun for them, versions of me they have construed in their minds. The easy versions of me, the easy parts of me to love. —(via chuckhansen)
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I am afraid of getting older. I am afraid of getting married. Spare me from cooking three meals a day—spare me from the relentless cage of routine and rote. I want to be free… I want, I want to think, to be omniscient. —Sylvia Plath written in 1949 at age 17. (via blackbruise)
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It’s always surprising to me how many young women think they have to be perfect. I rarely meet a young man who doesn’t think he already is. —

 Hillary Clinton speaking at Simmons Leadership Conference (via femininefreak)

SHOTS FIRED.

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