"This is what I don’t get - Women are impure because males have touched them. Who’s the dirty one here?"
- Comment on Jezebel article “Female ‘Purity’ Is Bullshit”
"I am jealous of those who think more deeply, who write better, who draw better, who look better, who live better, who love better than I."
"I didn’t know what to say. I felt like crying, Goddamit everybody in the world wants an explanation for your acts and for your very being."
- Jack Kerouac, On the Road
"Young men need to be socialized in such a way that rape is as unthinkable to them as cannibalism."
- Mary Pipher, Clinical Psychologist and Author,
"When I was in college, a teacher once said that all women live by a ‘rape schedule.’ I was baffled by the term, but as she went on to explain, I got really freaked out. Because I realized that I knew exactly what she was talking about. And you do too. Because of their constant fear of rape (conscious or not), women do things throughout the day to protect themselves. Whether it’s carrying our keys in our hands as we walk home, locking our car doors as soon as we get in, or not walking down certain streets, we take precautions. While taking precautions is certainly not a bad idea, the fact that certain things women do are so ingrained into our daily routines is truly disturbing. It’s essentially like living in a prison - all the time. We can’t assume that we’re safe anywhere: not on the streets, not in our homes. And we’re so used to feeling unsafe that we don’t even see that there’s something seriously fucked up about it."
- Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism
"We’re in the same room and suddenly everything acquires meaning; Suddenly, effortlessly I’m here and you are here and nothing
to happen. Because we are so deeply present. Because our silence is enough. We
more than enough."
All These Things You Wish You’d Say
"To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves."
- Federico García Lorca