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You are 12. You’re at the library looking for some generic young adult fiction novel about a girl who falls for her best friend. Your dad makes a disgusted face. “This is about lesbians,” he says. The word falls out of his mouth as though it pains him. You check out a different book and cry when you get home, but you aren’t sure why. You learn that this is not a story about you, and if it is, you are disgusting.

You are 15. Your relatives are fawning over your cousin’s new boyfriend. “When will you have a boyfriend?” they ask. You shrug. “Maybe she’s one of those lesbians,” your grandpa says. You don’t say anything. You learn that to find love and acceptance from your family, you need a boyfriend who thinks you are worthy of love and acceptance.

You are 18. Your first boyfriend demands to know why you never want to have sex with him. He tells you that sex is normal and healthy. You learn that something is wrong with you.

You are 13. You’re at a pool party with a relative’s friend’s daughter. “There’s this lesbian in my gym class. It’s so gross,” she says. “Ugh, that’s disgusting,” another girl adds. They ask you, “do you have any lesbians at your school?” You tell them no and they say you are lucky. You learn to stay away from people.

You are 20. You have coffee with a girl and you can’t stop thinking about her for days afterwards. You learn the difference between a new friendship and new feelings for a person.

You are 13. Your mom is watching a movie. You see two girls kiss on screen. You feel butterflies and this sense that you identify with the girls on the screen. Your mom gets up and covers the screen. You learn that if you are like those girls, no one wants to see it.

You are 20. You and your friends are drunk and your ex-boyfriend dares you to make out with your friend. You both agree. You touch her face. It feels soft and warm. Her lips are small and her hands feel soft on your back. You learn the difference between being attracted to someone and recognizing that someone you care about is attractive.

You are 16. You find lesbian porn online. Their eyes look dead and their bodies are positioned in a way that you had never imagined. You learn that liking girls is acceptable if straight men can decide the terms.

You are 20. You are lying next to a beautiful girl and talking about everything. You tell her things that you don’t usually tell anyone. You learn how it feels not to want to go to sleep because you don’t want to miss out on any time with someone.

You are 15. Your parents are talking about a celebrity. Your dad has a grin on his face and says, “her girlfriend says that she’s having the best sex of her life with her!” You learn that being a lesbian is about the kind of sex you have and not how you love.

You are 18. You are in intro to women’s and gender studies. “Not all feminists are lesbians- I love my husband! Most of the feminists on our leadership team are straight! It’s just a stereotype,” the professor exclaims. You learn that lesbianism is something to separate yourself from.

You are 21 and you are kissing a beautiful girl and she’s your girlfriend and you understand why people write songs and make movies and stupid facebook statuses about this and time around you just seems to stop and you could spend forever like this and you learn that there is nothing wrong with you and you are falling in love.

You are 21. And you are okay.

— a thing I wrote after arguing with an insensitive dude on facebook all day or Things Other People Taught me about Liking Girls (via squidterritory)

(Source: radandangry, via lgbtlaughs)

ohbabyv:

Mine - A short film from Fordham University for Campus Movie Fest 2014. Out of over 100 films, it won Best Actress and got nominated for Best Drama. Mine has since been promoted by organizations like End Violence Against Women International, and it is a finalist in the Campus MovieFest national wild card competition.

The story follows Lucy as she performs a spoken word poem about the sometimes subtle way abusive relationships can develop. 

The poem:

People make a big deal about eyes
but it was really the wrinkle in his forehead that caught me
as he fumbled to write down his number.

We fell in love like children running downhill:
wind whipping past, parading each other to our friends, 
to the sky, to the old couples we imagined as our future selves.  

When he moved in, I swore he fused with the house.
I could hear his sigh in the hum of my ceiling fan
I could taste him in my coffee
And anyone could see him in my poetry.

The grooves in his palm spoke of tragedies.
A frayed lifeline spread to the pinky-tip
I traced along those calloused patches
and kissed the scars on his knuckles

When you love hard enough, you can embrace those scars
And when you love long enough you excuse or even ignore
almost imperceptible changes in the terrain:
when he gripped me a bit tighter a bit more often
when “how are you?” became “where were you?”

In college I learned that in World War I,
soldiers rarely wrote about their misery.
They were living a new kind of nightmare,
so what good were the same old words and metaphors?

Poets died in those trenches.
I thought of them as I tiptoed 
around the landmines that littered our home.
When you live in a battlefield, 
where do you find energy to pick up a pen?

Like a numbed soldier I lived from moment to moment,
and when the moments were sweet 
(and many were) I savored them
Because nothing tastes as good as hope

Because even on the bad days
when it seemed an eyelash could set him off
when he threatened to leave the apartment or this world
still each night he would murmur into my ear
that these were the natural ups and downs of love.

But there is nothing natural about war.
He was my comrade, sinking into the trenches,
grasping at my face, my arm, my collar bone
I wanted to rescue him
If that meant bearing his blows 
and his slurred insults, I would do it
If I could’ve swallowed his sadness, I would have.

My friends considered me M.I.A., but I reported for duty every day
and would’ve marched unto death if she hadn’t made me listen.
In that moment I realized I wasn’t his comrade but a prisoner of his war
And after two years and seven months, I finally made a break for it.

Some nights I find myself clicking through old memories.
I marvel at the smiles and the closeness
and realize that these are the images
which remain with me most vividly.
When time has had its way with me,
has softened the edges of my memory,
I’m afraid I’ll only remember his charms:
the crook of his arm, the way he said “hey baby.”
I’m afraid I’ll miss these ideas of him.

But then I remember those poets
and how long they lived in those trenches
and the mornings I spent crying into my breakfast
And now when I pick up my pen
it is heavy, but it is firm.
I lean into it like a staff as I tread the ground
that hardened beneath me the moment I let you go.
The ink smudges my hands like war paint
I am bruised from battle, but I am not a casualty of his war
I am free. I am free. I am mine.

This is beautiful, though it hits a bit too close to home.

(via plannedparenthood)

darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!
In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!
Rules
3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:
You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
Must be following darwinthebird
Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014
As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.
Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:
1-3 toys
1-3 snacks
Some of my prettiest feathers
A talon-written, stamped message from me!
Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.


*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!

darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!

In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!

Rules

3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:

  1. You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
  2. Must be following darwinthebird
  3. Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
  4. You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
  5. Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014

As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.

Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:

  • 1-3 toys
  • 1-3 snacks
  • Some of my prettiest feathers
  • A talon-written, stamped message from me!

Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.

*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!

-eliesaab:

Luisa Beccaria Ready to Wear S/S 2011.

(via sanityscraps)

thescienceofjohnlock:

this kinda sums up tumblr for me

thescienceofjohnlock:

this kinda sums up tumblr for me

(Source: ForGIFs.com, via squ33ble)

burningmagnolias:

xysciences:

Tilt Shift filters applied to Hubble Space Telescope photos.

Tilt Shift filters make the foreground and background of images more blurred, changing the depth of field of these images. 

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[Click for more interesting science facts and gifs]

I look at these… And all my problems don’t seem as bad.

For real though.

nomorewaterthefirenexttime:

If you’re at a pool, and there’s some kids running, and the life guard shouts “No running!” do you interject with “EXCUSE ME, NOT ALL OF US WERE RUNNING.”

If you’re in class, and a classmate is eating, and your professor addresses his students, “There’s no eating in the classroom,” do you scream out “EXCUSE ME, BUT WE’RE NOT ALL EATING.”

The lifeguard and your professor are well aware who is doing what. There is no reason for them to modify their sentences because they realize you’re aware of who is doing what, too. They have enough faith in your intelligence that if they say, no running, or, no eating, you will recognize that if you are not already doing these things, you are in the clear.

When someone begins a post, “why do men do x,” they are not saying that every single man in this world wakes up and makes it a point to do x for the day, every day of his life. Nobody ever, ever thinks that. They exist around men and observe men on a regular enough basis to know that obviously not all men do x.

No. They are saying that they have witnessed men doing x enough that they would like to point it out. They are saying that in the whole group of men, there are men who do x, and they think it’s worth noting.

So there’s no reason to go “NOT ALL MEN” because everyone already knows not all men, and that’s why nobody said “all men.” They just said men. If you’re not the man it applies to, move the fuck on, just like you’d keep walking at a swimming pool or keep not eating in class.

If the words “some men” are keeping you from recognizing a post with very valid points, you’re the problem.

(via privilegetoengtranslationservice)

darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!
In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!
Rules
3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:
You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
Must be following darwinthebird
Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014
As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.
Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:
1-3 toys
1-3 snacks
Some of my prettiest feathers
A talon-written, stamped message from me!
Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.





*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!

darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!

In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!

Rules

3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:

  1. You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
  2. Must be following darwinthebird
  3. Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
  4. You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
  5. Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014

As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.

Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:

  • 1-3 toys
  • 1-3 snacks
  • Some of my prettiest feathers
  • A talon-written, stamped message from me!

Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.

*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!

darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!
In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!
Rules
3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:
You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
Must be following darwinthebird
Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014
As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.
Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:
1-3 toys
1-3 snacks
Some of my prettiest feathers
A talon-written, stamped message from me!
Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.





*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!

darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!

In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!

Rules

3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:

  1. You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
  2. Must be following darwinthebird
  3. Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
  4. You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
  5. Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014

As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.

Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:

  • 1-3 toys
  • 1-3 snacks
  • Some of my prettiest feathers
  • A talon-written, stamped message from me!

Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.

*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!