# but literally every job i can find or apply for (aka the ones that don't require 5+ years experience in the field)
# and my birthday is in like 10 days now and i feel so horrible about it and feel like such a failure
"Many men who harass women say their intent is to compliment them, but why do they usually not “compliment” women who are accompanied by other men and often only do it when a woman is alone? Why do they tend to object to other men “complimenting” their female significant other (if applicable), female friends, or female family members? Why do some men grow hostile and violent when women do not thank them and act flattered? Why do they feel compelled to compliment women at all? Rarely are they expecting a date. Many times they do not even wait to see a woman’s reaction as they fly by in their car or as they turn to start harassing the next woman. They are doing it to exert their power, to entertain their friends, to relieve boredom, or to demonstrate that they can evaluate a complete stranger to her face, just because she is a woman."
Stop Street Harassment: Holly Kearl (via vashti)
# also she thought downtown was 'seedy' and i was like 'lol okay well that isn't necessarily true...?'
"Women watch Game of Thrones not for the incest and other sexual skulduggery, as the New York Times suggested in its utterly bizarre review when the show premiered, but for the variety of women we see on-screen the way they exercise power. We watch to see Cersei Lannister wonder what it’s like to be a man, and to struggle between the imperatives of command and family. We watch for that moment when Brienne of Tarth beats the Knight of Flowers, and reveals herself for what she is (and I watch The Return of the King for the moment when Eowyn spits out the declaration of her gender at the Witch-King of Angmar). We watch for Sansa’s bitter, brittle bravery, and Arya’s nourishing hatred."
Alyssa Rosenberg, ThinkProgressive: Ladies Like Fantasy and Science Fiction That Speaks to Them (via dreamingofsomeday)