"Whether you’re talking about corporate America, the school board or Congress, an absence of women’s voices really harms America."

Kristen Gillibrand (via bookoisseur)

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Because women are people too.

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-teesa-:

9.9.14

"There is this devaluation of women."

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#whatimreading #badfeminist

#whatimreading #badfeminist

"Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."

— Kurt Vonnegut (via tat-art)

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-teesa-:

9.2.14

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#whatimreading

#whatimreading

  • ThinkProgress: So what do you think the priority needs to be: do we focus all our energy on ending illiteracy, or do we focus on fostering a love of reading in kids?
  • LeVar Burton: I wish I knew. What I do know is that a sustainable society needs both. You need to teach your children how to read, and you need for them to love to read. If you want free, independent thinkers, people who can discern for themselves, people who want to actively participate in a democracy, you want them literate. If you want to control people, if you want to feed them a pack of lies and dominate them, keep them ignorant. For me, literacy means freedom. For the individual and for society.

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#whatimreading

#whatimreading

#whatimreading

#whatimreading

"Lisa’s role on The Simpsons is a natural fit for episodes where the writers want to ground the show in emotional reality. For some, that makes her something of a killjoy, a too-rational counterpoint to Springfield’s broader comic insanity. And in 25 years, she, like every other member of the family, has certainly seen those qualities exaggerated in unflattering ways. But there’s a reason why Lisa is at the center of some of the show’s most affecting episodes (especially with Yeardley Smith as her voice)—of all the myriad residents of Springfield, Lisa is the most alone.
 
Sure, her family loves her—in their way—but her intelligence sets her apart, even as the little girl in her wants nothing more than to be one of the crowd. Lisa appeals to every viewer who looks at the craziness and boorishness of a loud, dumb world and longs to both transcend it and be embraced by it. And since Springfield is our world, only exponentially crazier and more boorish, Lisa’s isolation is even more profound"

The Simpsons: “Summer Of 4 Ft. 2” · TV Club · The A.V. Club (via wilwheaton)

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newsweek:

"The front page of @stltoday this morning - an image taken from a suburban America street. #ferguson.” - @craignewman / @suntimes. 

newsweek:

"The front page of @stltoday this morning - an image taken from a suburban America street. #ferguson.” - @craignewman / @suntimes. 

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