4 minutes ago
(swiped from #huffington
post... cos this lady says it better than i feel able to...) bow down.
i am the most unappetizing woman that a lot of these colonized men have ever met. i think i am becoming more aware that the less i laugh at their jokes and coddle their mediocre attempts at an intelligent conversation, the more unattractive i become to them. i hurt their ego. i hurt their sense of self. but i am done playing games.
i am brilliant, beautiful and unstoppable, and i owe nothing to men - to any man. scratch that, men inspired it. all they ever taught me was that i was brilliant when i was affirmed by them, beautiful when i was catcalled and thus approved by the male gaze, and unstoppable if they did not stand in my way, when they allowed me to be. ~
i read almost exclusively female authored material, listen to female musicians and songwriters, intentionally seek out the art of female muralists. i love female poets, and my knees buckle when i meet any female in any space because i know i am safer with them around. my smile is wider, and i greet them like we are kin. i have fallen in love with us — and with myself — by mere admiration for whom we are and what we have done to get here: trans-women, bi-women, q***r women, differently abled women, stay-at-home moms, female s*x workers, strong women, submissive in-bed women, loud women, introverted women, and women who do not give a fuck.
i think the more in love i have fallen with myself, the less out of love i have fallen with the idea of male approval. funny how that works. that the minute i feel the most whole and satisfied with who i am and where i have been, and the decisions i have made about my life, the less i care for a third party male voice in my head telling me, discouraging me, or even affirming me.
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