"[I dreamt that I woke up.] It’s the oldest dream of all, and I’ve just had it."
— Julian Barnes, from A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (via the-final-sentence)
"I speak out of direct and particular anger at an academic conference, and a white woman says, “Tell me how you feel but don’t say it too harshly or I cannot hear you.” But is it my manner that keeps her from hearing, or the threat of a message that her life may change?"
— Audre Lorde “Women Responding to Racism” in Sister Outsider (via luvyourselfsomeesteem)
"White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enabled them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others."
— bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From margin to center (via orindamoraga)
"men still have trouble recognizing that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition, and common sense. a woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel. that sensibility is prevalent, even to this day."
— natalie dormer. (via jaimelannister)
(Source: dowries, via amypoehler)