I met him at a convention once! He was super nice and signed my copy of The Child Thief c:
“It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.
The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.”
Excellent article. I always end up thinking this when I see reblogs like that. Female competition is a horrible, poisonous thing (that I’ve only recently gotten over engaging in, and I am much happier for it).
Don’t Say “That’s So Gay” Campaign (Wanda Sykes) [ x ]
“People go up to him (Hugh Laurie) a lot and ask if he resents my success and is envious of the things I do…Being a Quizmaster and you know, a professional gaysexual, a mental health spokesman, Wagnerite, Twitter embarrassment, a 360 degree whore…while he can’t even afford to shave.”
-Stephen Fry on Hugh Laurie
[image from ‘Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon’ colouring book by Jacinta Bunnell & Nat Kusinitz. Two children, one in a dress standing, one in a shirt and tie using a wheelchair study a board with cross-out pronouns on it. Circled on the board is ‘ze’. Caption: “the new pronoun they invented suited everyone just fine.”]
If you’re going to colour this image please do not remove the author & illustrator names from the top, and please buy this book - it’s well worth it for yourself or a child in your life.