a human year = 7 dog years
a dog is a man’s best friend
7 is God’s favorite number
dog is God backwards
This is a useless coincidence.
so was your birth
Ellen talking a about foods from the 50s.
"this is an OUTRAGE!”
Is this how the skeleton war began
We worry for our girls. We — parents, teachers, journalists, big brothers, doctors, celebrities, religious leaders, bloggers — see danger for them everywhere. Estrogen in milk, anorexic models in fashion magazines, math-hating Barbies, sexy Barbies, sexy Halloween costumes, sexy everything, sex education or the lack thereof, online bullies, online predators, eating disorders, mood disorders, rapists, rape culture — it’s a dangerous world out there for the vulnerable, for the naive and the easily corrupted. It makes sense to worry for them. But worrying about them is also another way of saying — and saying to them — that we think they’re weak. Vulnerability offers an excellent excuse for dismissal, something women have understood for centuries, something modern teenage girls know all too well. How often we disdain their narratives, relegating stories for and about teenage girls to categories meant to defy serious consideration: See the easy and vicious dismissals of the Twilight phenomenon (as opposed to the consideration offered to serious bildungsroman about boys — and the respect accorded to the men who write them); see the shaming of adults who dare to read fiction written for teengers; see the kerfuffle over whether that young adult fiction is too much for its frail, easily influenced girl readers to handle; see the eruption of venom when a woman young enough to be thought of as a girl creates a show called Girls and the gatekeepers of high culture have the temerity to take it seriously.
We could do better; we have done much worse."
Robin Wasserman is amazing, and she knows whereof she speaks. And she and Sarah Rees Brennan (who posted this) and I and plenty of women who spend time in the company of girls know they are not frail. They are not weak. Given warning of dangers, they are careful. And they are strong. They are strong on baseball fields, basketball courts, track courses, ballet stages, animal shelters, horseback, in housing for elders and in hospitals, teaching martial arts and tap, and in all the places where girls are found, exercising their bodies and learning.
And do you know where else they are strong? In abusive homes, protecting younger siblings. Protecting themselves until they can escape. In homes where a sib is impaired, or a parent, or an elder. In the gym locker room or at a friend’s house, learning something they wish they had never learned, but trying their best to give help. I’m not saying their advice is the best or the wisest, or that they come away from the dark places whole, but they keep it together. The most battered girl I knew grew up and away from her childhood to save literally hundreds of lives.
Let other experts see girls as frail and helpless. Those of us who know them as people, who listen to them as people, know there is strength there if it is encouraged and recognized.
Let the worries go to the boys, whom I like a lot and write for as well, and the male writers, the best of whom recognize the girls. I’ll primarily stick with the girls. We understand each other.
Interviewer : "You have this little black child who’s gonna grow up in this world.." (x)
God bless this woman!
THIS IS A CAT IN A HALLOWEEN COSTUME PLAYING WITH A TINY PUMPKIN THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
IT’S NOT EVEN OCTOBER
IT’S ALWAYS OCTOBER