I'm andrea, a xicanista/soñadora/anzauldista in search of her inner mujer maravilla/adelita/rEVOLucionaria/self. Ni sumisa ni devota.Truth seeker. Forever a student. Body aches in Chicago, soul meanders through Texas, y mi corazon baila por las calles de Chihuahua. Adventures are necessary. One must create art to unveil truth, travel to Saturn, and achieve self-autonomy. The world fascinates me.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious—the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
— Albert Einstein
«Do not let the boys come to you with their mouthes like promises and give you nothing but cruelty. Do not love them for their idle kindness. Do not give yourself the impossible task of curing their blindness. Do not count your flaws to distract yourself from theirs. If they tell you they are a sex addict and you are better off forgetting them, do not ignore them. Bruising your knees in response will not make them sorry. Do not destroy yourself so they will stay. Do not forget that you taste like a gun wound when you smear red over your lips. That your hips represent three generations of starting over. That loneliness has bore its way into every woman in your family and yet, here you are, so willing to share your mouth full of stars. It’s no wonder you choke up whenever you lie outside alone. You are the universe in tangible form.»
«In San Francisco last year, a man stabbed a woman in the face and arm after she didn’t respond positively to his sexually harassing her on the street.
In Bradenton, Fla., a man shot a high school senior to death after she and her friends refused to perform oral sex at his request.
In Chicago, a scared 15-year-old was hit by a car and died after she tried escaping from harassers on a bus.
Again, in Chicago, a man grabbed a 19-year-old walking on a public thoroughfare, pulled her onto a gangway and assaulted her.
In Savannah, Georgia, a woman was walking alone at night and three men approached her. She ignored them, but they pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
In Manhattan, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed when men catcalling from a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit her and her friend.
Last week, a runner in California — a woman — was stopped and asked, by a strange man in a car, if she wanted a ride. When she declined he ran her over twice.
FUCK YOU if you think that street harassment is a “compliment” or “no big deal” or that it’s “irrational” of us to be afraid because “what’s actually gonna happen.” Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you some more.»
«Of course, the ultimate moment of being Female in Public comes when a woman, deep in thought, is told by a strange man to SMILE. (And this happens only to women.) Gentlemen, let’s get this straight. There is no part of my body that belongs to you, not even my facial expression.»
- From a devastating essay from Laura Lippman, author, about what it’s like to be a woman in public. (via emilyvgordon)