Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep… feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul, and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises, and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. After a while you learn…That even sunshine burns if you get too much. So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul, Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

— Jorge Luis Borges, You Learn (via midnights-gypsy)

Sunshine Eyes




i couldn’t not reblog this


where are the girls that actually want this,
like I GOT YOU. 
i got us.


Cynicism about love leads young adults to believe there is no love to be found and that relationships are needed only to the extent that they satisfy desires.

— bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions (2001)

Past feminist refusal to draw attention to and attack racial hierarchies suppressed the link between race and class. Yet class struggle in American society has been shaped by the racial politic of white supremacy; it is only by analyzing racism and its function in capitalist society that a thorough understanding of class relationships can emerge. Class struggle is inextricably bound to the struggle to end racism.

— bell hooks, Feminist Theory: from Margin to Center (via wocinsolidarity)

If we long to transform the culture so that the conventional mass media are not the only force teaching people what to like and how to see, then we have to embrace the avant-garde… Here is where we’ll find radical possibility. We can deconstruct the images in mainstream white supremacist capitalist patriarchal cinema for days and it will not lead to cultural revolution.

— bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class at the Movies (107). (via fuckyeahfeministcinema)

converted once ive read

Forgiveness is an act of generosity. It requires that we place releasing someone else from the prison of their guilt or anguish over our feelings of outrage or anger. By forgiving we clear a path on the way to love. It is a gesture of respect. True forgiveness requires that we understand the negative actions of another.

— bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions (2001)

Jake Chessum

You happened to me.
You were as deep down as I’ve ever been.
You were inside me like my pulse.

— Marilyn Hacker, from Nearly A Valediction  (via barbieandken)