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Bookworm. Feminist. Anthropologist. Kuwaiti. Mawrter. Amateur Writer of Nonsense. Dreamer [usually in the middle of class]. Iced Tea Connoisseur. -------------------------------------------------------------- Multifandom. At times quite hipster. Lover of quotes. Sometimes I post my weird thoughts.
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I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screens
3 hours ago // Lucy - film - essay - speech - representation - whatwhiteswillneverknow + 13891

heathyr:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is such a delight.

3 hours ago // gone girl - Gillian Flynn - book quotes - quotes - feminism - heathyr + 1178

the-murderous-bettie-rage:

I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MY ENTIRE LIFE.

4 hours ago // this is the end - movie quotes - the exorcist - crossover - lol - sohapppily + 161158

Almost. It’s a big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy. Almost changed. Almost, but not quite. Not yet. Soon, maybe.

Joan Bauer (via rauchwolken)
4 hours ago // joan bauer - almost - words - the affect of words - essay - + 62244

bequilles:

prettylittle-timebomb:

So I have always been extremely embarrassed that my left ear is deaf. I tried to hide it in every way possible. It made me feel broken and useless, especially listening and playing music. My original idea was to put music notes behind my ear, but for some reason the idea just didn’t feel quite right considering I couldn’t hear said music. I came up with the mute symbol idea because lately I have learned to embrace my deafness. I tend to joke around that my left ear is like my mute button when I want to ignore someone. Now I am no longer ashamed and find strength in the humor of my tattoo.

That is pretty great.

5 hours ago // tattoo - cool - prettylittle-timebomb + 60253

And I learned ‘You deserve better’

was sometimes no more

than a synonym for ‘I don’t want to hurt you,

and I want you to be happy,

but I don’t love you anymore.

Beau Taplin, You Deserve Better (via wankors)
5 hours ago // you deserve better - beau taplin - happiness - love - break up - words - larmoyante + 19953
I despise the kind of book that tells you … how to make yourself happy! The first duty of philosophy is making you understand what deep shit you are in.
Slavoj Žižek  (via closedforprayer)
5 hours ago // Slavoj Žižek - happiness - quotes - essay - speech - the cult of happiness - philosophy - wordsnquotes + 924
Come lay with me. I wanna talk about nothing with someone that means something.
7 hours ago // words - friendship - relationship - trillvcvm + 68677
I’m self-sufficient. I spend a lot of time on my own and I shut off quite easily. When I communicate, I communicate 900 per cent, then I shut off, which scares people sometimes.
8 hours ago // bjork - self-sufficiency - essay - speech - communication - kind of relatable? - bjjork + 72108

teachingliteracy:

by incidentalcomics:

Behind Every Great Novelist (Illustration for the NY Times Book Review)

8 hours ago // on writing - authors - comics - Behind Every Great Novelist - incidentalcomics + 7885
I think the reason why twentysomethings are so fixated on age is because we feel a pressure to be a certain way at 23, at 25, at 29. There are all of these invisible deadlines with our careers and with love and drinking and drugs. I can’t do coke at 25. I need to be in a LTR at 27. I can’t vomit from drinking at 26. I just can’t! We feel so much guilt for essentially acting our age and making mistakes. We’re obsessed with this idea of being domesticated and having our shit together. It’s kind of sad actually because I don’t think we ever fully get a chance to enjoy our youth. We’re so concerned about doing things “the right way” that we lose any sense of pleasure in doing things the wrong way. Youth may be truly wasted on the young.
21 hours ago // truth yo - Why Do Twentysomethings Always Feel So Old - speech - essay - millenials - generation y - life - juneandafter + 45038

coldplart:

Rogelio de Egusquiza, Tristan and Isolt (Death) (1910) / Coldplay, I Bloom Blaum (2002)

1 day ago // art - crossover - Rogelia Eguzquiza - Tristan and Isolt - Coldplay - coldplart + 356
She said, ‘I’m so afraid.’ And I said, ‘why?,’ and she said, ‘Because I’m so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening.’ I asked her why and she said, ‘They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.’
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (via fusels)
1 day ago // I have reblogged this before I believe - but it is always relevant to my life - I think the reason/know that the reason I fear happiness so much is because I know how quickly it could get taken away from me - I would rather not get hurt that way - so i do not connect with too many people or have too many relationships and so manage to live quite happily/miserably by not allowing myself - to be too happy - happiness - The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - book quotes - personal - larmoyante + 175097
Do you remember the way the girls
would call out “love you!”
conveniently leaving out the “I”
as if they didn’t want to commit
to their own declarations.

And I agree that the “I” is a pretty heavy concept
David Berman, “Self Portrait at 28”   (via closedforprayer)
1 day ago // Self Portrait at 28 - David Berman - poetry - love - girls - heavy - yousoldtheworld + 74992
50,000 years ago, there are not even a million people on the planet. 10,000 years ago, there’s, like, two million people on the planet. Now there’s between five and six billion people on the planet, right? Now, if we all have our own, like, individual, unique soul, right, where do they all come from? You know, are modern souls only a fraction of the original souls? ‘Cause if they are, that represents a 5,000 to 1 split of each soul in the last 50,000 years, which is, like, a blip in the Earth’s time. You know, so at best we’re like these tiny fractions of people, you know, walking… I mean, is that why we’re so scattered? You know, is that why we’re all so specialized?
Richard Linklater, Before Sunrise (1995)
1 day ago larmoyante + 1382