tenete ciò che si crede.

Gaby: Traveler. Writer. Reader. Student. Activist. Feminist.

When did I learn to believe
That everything that makes me
Soft
And human
And touchable
When did I learn to believe
That everything that makes me
Occupy more space
Is a flaw?
When did I learn to believe
That I had to make myself
Shrink
When did I learn to believe
That I had to make myself less
To be enough?
When will I learn to accept
That I am larger than the universe
And that taking up space is
Not an apology
And that everything that I’ve been told
Is wrong
Or bad
Is beautiful
And normal
And human?
When will I learn to accept
That I will make myself heard
And seen
And noticed
That I will not apologize
For the pouch on my stomach
Or the touching of my thighs
Or the wideness of my hips
Or the size of my breasts?
When will I learn to shout
And love
And laugh
Because I am more than a body
And I will not continue to try to
Make myself small
Because I am deeper than the ocean
And no one tells the ocean
She needs to occupy less space
And no one can tell me
Because I will drown them.

—(via solennita)

Imagination doesn’t just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving them, or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. Head teachers would call this escapism, but they would be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful, branch of writing there is. And this is why I don’t, and never would, write Real Books.

—Diana Wynne Jones, “Why Don’t You Write Real Books?” (via ballerinaduck)

(via get-scribbling)

I’m the sixth in our family to go to Hogwarts. You could say I got a lot to live up to. Bill and Charlie have already left – Bill was head boy and Charlie was captain of Quidditch. Now Percy’s a prefect. Fred and George mess around a lot, but they still get really good marks and everyone thinks they’re really funny. Everyone expects me to do as well as the others, but if I do, it’s no big deal, because they did it first.

(Source: sansathelady, via daughter0fkings)

The idea that sex is something a woman gives a man, and she loses something when she does that, which again for me is nonsense. I want us to raise girls differently where boys and girls start to see sexuality as something that they own, rather than something that a boy takes from a girl.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via lamegrownup)

(Source: try-so-to-live, via dammitkelsey)

stop telling girls
that they’re not skinny enough

stop telling girls
that their feet are too large

stop telling girls
that their stomachs need to be flat

stop telling girls
that they should always cross their legs

stop telling girls
that they have too much muscle

stop telling girls
that a d cup is too large

stop telling girls
that their thighs are too fat

stop telling girls
to suck in their guts

stop telling girls
not to sit like a man

stop telling girls
that their fucking curls are too big

stop telling girls
that they can’t take up space
like a fucking man can
because
yes
they
fucking
can

—S.S.  (via tobeheal-ed)

(Source: samsmindpalace, via wow-a-url)