“I think that a huge problem is people who read comics and don’t understand the point of superheroes, which is to be the best version of yourself. You love Captain America? Well, you know what Captain America would never do? Go online anonymously and shit on a girl for having an opinion.”—
“In general, people are not drawn to perfection in others. People are drawn to shared interests, shared problems, and an individual’s life energy. Humans connect with humans. Hiding one’s humanity and trying to project an image of perfection makes a person vague, slippery, lifeless, and uninteresting.”—Robert Glover (via mirroir)
“Gay guys who hate on feminine gay guys give gay guys a bad name. Not the other way around. The rainbow is our symbol to represent all shades in our community. Not just the most masculine shade. Until you accept all of those shades, you don’t have gay pride. You have self pride.”—(via cuntology)
“Professionalism is a funny term, because it masquerades as neutral despite being loaded with immense oppression. As a concept, professionalism is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, imperialist and so much more — and yet people act like professionalism is non-political. Bosses across the country constantly tell their employees to ‘act professionally’ without a second thought. Wear a garment that represents your non-Western culture to work? Your boss may tell you it’s unprofessional. Wear your hair in braids or dreadlocks instead of straightened? That’s probably unprofessional too. Wear shoes that are slightly scuffed because you can’t yet afford new ones? People may not think you’re being professional either.
For years, professionalism has been my enemy, because it requires that my gender identity is constantly and unrepentantly erased. In the workplace, the gender binary can be absolute, unfaltering and infallible. If you dare to step out of line, you risk being mistreated by coworkers, losing promotions or even losing your job. And if you are discriminated against for being transgender or genderqueer, you may not even have access to legal recourse, because in many states it is still perfectly legal to discriminate against gender non-conforming employees.”—Why I’m Genderqueer, Professional, and Unafraid by Jacob Tobia (via collingsruth)
“The Army…I find to be extremely well armed, pretty well clothed, and tolerably disciplined. Much yet remains to be done. Our soldiers have not yet quite the air of soldiers. They don’t step exactly in time. They don’t hold their heads up quite erect, nor turn out their toes exactly as they ought. They don’t all of them cock their hats; and as such do, don’t all wear them the same way.”—
John Adams, August 25, 1777. Quoted by George C. Daughan, If By Sea.
“People think of compassion as, like, kindness. The image comes to mind of some nice New Age guy bending to something with a look on his face like he’s about to cry. And I don’t think that’s it.”—An interview with the inimitable George Saunders, author of Tenth of December, on humor, pathos, Chicago, his parents’ diner’s “crazies,” and being edited by his inner nun. (via millionsmillions)