“If they respect you, respect them. If they disrespect you, still respect them. Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others.”—Mohammad Zeyara (via rainydaysandblankets)
What I mean when I say "patriarchy":A set of socially maintained systems, values, and ideologies which perpetuate arbitrary and outdated ideas about gender and human sexuality, encompassing social phenomena like homophobia, transphobia, and sexism.
What people THINK I mean when I say "patriarchy":A secret brotherhood that meets together once a month to discuss how best to oppress women, and are in control of all of the world's governments.
“When another person makes you suffer,
it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over.
He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via rachelduffy)
“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”—Ernest Hemingway (via takemetomountains)