i really want to carry a torch in a cave just like one time
(Source: seven-lilies, via tessaviolet)
The best way to get kids to read a book is to say: ‘This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you’re better off not touching it until you’re all grown up. I’m going to put it on this shelf and leave the room for a while. Don’t open it.
— Philip Pullman (via abookblog)
People think feminism means that there’s a group of women somewhere that want to take trousers with pockets away from men and give them to women, and give men trousers with fake pockets, while in reality feminism is the general idea that everyone should have trousers with pockets, because pockets are awesome.
Gender essentialism, then, is the insistence that a few traits can be swiftly used to categorise someone’s gender, and that these traits are inflexible. It is, furthermore, the belief that people can and should be slotted into the ‘correct’ gender category regardless as to which gender they identify with. It’s often followed up with attitudes that people who do not fit within essentialist worldviews are simply being difficult or tiresome, or are wanting to be ‘special snowflakes.’ These attitudes suggest that people struggle with gender identity not because there is a fundamental mismatch between their actual gender and the gender assigned at birth, but because they want attention and affirmation from the people around them.
— What Is Gender Essentialism? Why Does It Matter? | this ain’t livin’ (via brutereason)