"We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories."
Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (via meganburkesleeps)
"And just what the hell am I supposed to do with these?"
"I requested minions of darkness, and you gave my fluffy jellybeans."
"More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It’s not very interesting to me, but I know it’s interesting to people reading an interview. Sometimes I get jealous of white male showrunners when 90 percent of their questions are about characters, story structure, creative inspiration, or, hell, even the business of getting a show on the air. Because as a result the interview of me reads like I’m interested only in talking about my outward appearance and the politics of being a minority and how I fit into Hollywood, blah blah blah. I want to shout, “Those were the only questions they asked!?"
So, I’m beyond sick of reading tumblr posts, or facebook things referencing buzzfeed that outlines how women should or shouldn’t behave. “Wake up at 8 am and seize the day” “Don’t fake orgasms” “25 things you should know before turning 30” “How to stay confident in your 20s” “Stop being friends with shitty people.”
Fuck all of that. Women and girls should live and not have to be bombarded with descriptions of how to not make “mistakes.” This perpetual push towards any level of perfect living makes me so irritated. And then this sort of shit is like packaged up as some trendy catalyst towards empowerment. Well, it’s an illusion, and is just planting that seed of “We know you’re so uncomfortable in your skin that you need to read lists of bullshit to feel like you’re “~living your best life~.” I’ve made plenty of bad decisions, but I’m pretty sure they helped me learn more about myself, like any human. I’m going to start to unfollow every person that posts things about how women should empower themselves. I’m pretty sure the only things people (not women, people) shouldn’t do are drugs, homicide, and self-harming behaviors. Personally, reading all that bullshit just creates an atmosphere of unease for all women, as well an environment that encourages severe comparison amongst other women. We don’t need to do anything that can be delineated in a stupid one page list or that can be read in 3 minutes. I’m pretty sure you’re life experiences and discussions with people that care about you are much better references if you’re curious about how to live.