Simone de Beauvoir on being a subject.
To emancipate woman is to refuse to confine her to the relations she bears to man, not to deny them to her; let her have her independent existence and she will continue none the less to exist to him also; mutually recognizing each other as subject, each will yet remain for the other an other.
no longer symmetrical and impervious to pain....
manifestfreedom: i am really colored and really sad sometimes…here / is what i have/poems/big thighs/ lil tits/& /so much love/ will you take it from me this one time/im finally being real/no longer symmetrical and impervious to pain. “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” -ntozake shange
furthermucker: Miles Davis, “Nefertiti” (1967)
You are right in assuming that I am indifferent to the pattern of things. I am....– Zora Neale Hurston in a letter to Countee Cullen. <3
Ultimately it comes down to making yourself, and the people who can share it...– Audre Lorde
The "writer" dilemma courtesy of Jimmy Baldwin
So that any writer, looking back over even so short a span of time as I am here forced to assess, finds that the things which hurt him and the things which helped him cannot be divorced from each other; he could be helped in a certain way only because he was hurt in a certain way; and his help is simply to be enabled to move from one conundrum to the next—one is tempted to say that he moves...
A look at love
A quote from Alice Walker via Sister Nadia: “Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.” ~ Alice Walker Peace to the spirit of love ya’ll…
I have no enemies and no hatred…Hatred can rot away at a person’s...– Liu Xiaobo Chinese writer, and human rights advocate
As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite...– June Jordan — http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/420/sunbeams (via tigressroar)
I ain’t got time for the feelings this Audre Lorde quote conjures this am: “I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk throught the rain.”
Anais Nin on Men and Women- Wow
“Man can never know the loneliness a woman knows. Man lies in the woman’s womb only to gather strength, he nourishes himself from this fusion, and then he rises and goes into the world, into his work, into battle, into art. He is not lonely. He is busy. The memory of the swim in amniotic fluid gives him energy, completion. Woman may be busy too, but she feels empty. Sensuality for...
If one wishes to be instructed—not that anyone does—concerning the...– Love, Passion and Memory according to James Baldwin from Just Above My Head. <3