one of those days where i want to cut off my hands and burn my limbs and crush my jaw with a hard rock from somewhere and scream until my voice is gone and shape my eyebrows with a kitchen knife
" Instead of trying to fictionalize gender, let’s talk about all of the moments in life when gender feels all too real. Because gender doesn’t feel like drag when you’re a young trans child begging your parents not to cut your hair or not to force you to wear that dress. And gender doesn’t feel like a performance when, for the first time in your life, you feel safe and empowered enough to express yourself in ways that resonate with you, rather than remaining closeted for the benefit of others. And gender doesn’t feel like a construct when you finally find that special person whose body, personality, identity and energy feels like a perfect fit with yours. Let’s stop trying to deconstruct gender into non-existence and instead start celebrating it as inexplicable, varied, profound and intricate.
— Julia Serano, “Performance Piece” Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
" What was beauty unless you intended to use it, like a hammer, or a key? It was just something for other people to use and admire, or envy, despise. To nail their dreams onto like a picture hanger on a blank wall. And so many girls saying, use me, dream me.
— Janet Fitch, White Oleander
(Source: larmoyante, via dumbquoteblog)