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omgclnclncln:

I want my daughter to be tough, to say no, to waste exactly zero of her God-given energy on the sexual, emotional and psychological demands of lame men — of lame anybodies. I don’t want her to accommodate and please. I don’t want her to wear her good nature like a gemstone, her body like an ornament…

I picture her at the prom in stripy cotton pajamas, eating potato chips with both hands. I picture her slapping a patriarch-damning sticker on her jacket. I picture her running the country, saving the world, being exactly the kind of good bad girl that she knows herself to be. And I think: You go. I think: Fly! I think: Take me with you.

When it comes to winning Federal funds and support for the district, it is much better to have a woman fighting on your behalf. Political scientists have calculated that the bonus to constituents in electing a woman legislator runs to about $88 per head in government spending.

‘Many of the major pieces of legislation that passed the Senate last year - from the farm bill to the Violence Against Women Act - were spearheaded by women who got bipartisan support,’ says Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

From “The Female Factor” NYT Amanda Foreman for Vogue, March 2013

Statements that are not surprising.

To Cool The Fuck Out About Other Girls

A thing I wrote for VICE about why girls hate each other (they do!) has turned into the thing I get the second-most emails about. (The first-most was a story about how everyone in the 20s hates themselves. Hole-in-one, right?) Half of them are like “Yeah, right? Girls are whores.” NO, FUCK! Fuck you guys.

Also, I got a job offer this week from a not-really-but-definitely porno publication that was like – wait, I’ll copy-paste it for you – “Maybe I’ll send you some photos and have you write snarky things about the girls in them,” for what would be cross-country-plane-ticket money. As if! As if.

You need to cool out about other girls. There will always be someone hotter and less hot and smarter and less smart and cooler and less cool and more or less of whatever gauge you’re using on a particular day. It doesn’t matter. Stop it. Talking about how it exists is good, I think, but that doesn’t mean it’s like just fine to be a dick about it and forgive yourself immediately because it’s what we “do.”

I see this thing a lot that I think of as a “cuntbrag,” also known as the “I’m not like other girls,” which is where you position yourself as better than them based on some perceived female fault of theirs – dramatic, stupid, a whore – while you’re trying to impress a guy, or maybe another girl. I do this sometimes, without knowing. It’s pretty bad news.

-Kate Carraway

via somethingchanged

The idea that you might end up in a job that doesn’t allow you to be who you are, over the course of a lifetime, is still one of the most chilling nightmares to me. It’s a good metaphor for fears I have about losing my soul in some accidental, mundane way. So, to me, these jobs that my characters have are very loaded. They immediately suggest a complex character to me, a woman who is, say, a secretary, but also a vigilante on behalf of her own soul.
Miranda July
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emilyposts:

“I was raised by a single mother. I think the definition of a man’s man has shifted in recent times to this sort of fratty bro, different from the older version, which was aloof and distant—Gary Cooper or Cary Grant or James Bond. Now it’s a little vulgar, kind of lowbrow, adolescent. I’m not that guy. Part of being an adult is treating women like women.” - Jon Hamm
(via madmendaily)

emilyposts:

“I was raised by a single mother. I think the definition of a man’s man has shifted in recent times to this sort of fratty bro, different from the older version, which was aloof and distant—Gary Cooper or Cary Grant or James Bond. Now it’s a little vulgar, kind of lowbrow, adolescent. I’m not that guy. Part of being an adult is treating women like women.” - Jon Hamm

(via madmendaily)