Sex Education, or, What Boys Will Want From You « Frothing at the Brain (via deviantfemme, sexisnottheenemy) (via closetospring) (via lesbianoutlaw) (via feministkitsch) (via thechocolatebrigade) (via genderbendingriotqueer) (via thelessdeceived) (via chubby-bunnies) (via fuckyeawecanlivelikethis) (via kitcloudkickr) (via alimarko)
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.” —
David Levithan, Supporting Gay Teen Literature
A couple of years ago I got involved in a letters-to-the-editor debate with a troll who was complaining the “gay and lesbian literature” section was too close to the young-adult fiction in the central library. He responded to my shoot-down by saying that I must be gay because why else would I be upset by his letter. Cool story, bro. Tell me more.
- Your ability to memorize mostly useless things
- Your ability to regurgitate information in the way others want you to
- Your ability to understand what adults want from you and give it to them
- Your tolerance for working on tasks you don’t find useful because others want you to do them or believe them to be helpful/socially acceptable
What grades do NOT determine:
- Your intelligence
- Your creativity
- Your emotional capabilities
- Your likeliness to succeed
- Whether you’re a good person
And why doesn’t anyone call?
Maybe they think that I’m always too busy,
Or maybe I’ve no friends at all.” —
Lily Allen, “Why”
I love this song.