I read this in my 11th grade english class and i still think about it sometimes.
This is my favorite fucking short story ever. It changed the way I look at human weakness.
This is one of my favourite things ever.
miss me by my taco
yup that’s exactly what i meant, you got me
I read a headline today:
“Preferred” Pronouns Gain Traction at US Colleges.
and I couldn’t help but think
even when we get a victory
we’re still prisoners of punctuation.
Trapped in quotations, like the air-quotes
that mocked me in seventh grade
when I wore boy’s clothes to school
and no one said I wore “boy” clothes to school.
No one mocked the gendered shoes.
No air-quotes around my flannel button-down shirt
marketed for males only. The quotes go around
things like “normal” instead. Punctuation trapped
words I chose for myself. Like normal.
Like my name.
Quotes around words like “intersectionality”
and “genderqueer” and “pansexual” in the newspaper
because even when they concede to using our words
they have to make sure we know
they don’t really believe it.
The little red line on my computer screen reminds me
they’re just humoring “us”
and our made-up “words”
highlighted with quotations
that point and laugh so everyone knows we aren’t real
and fenced in on either side by punctuation
so we can’t escape.
I want my words to be like everyone else’s.
I want feminism in a sentence like your morning coffee
and genderqueer in the spellcheck dictionary like lamp and courage.
I want my words to be no different than the ones you already use
and I want you to stop putting air quotes around normal. ”
Some interesting info: This is very reminiscent of the Baby X experiments, in which it was discovered that people reacted differently to a baby’s behavior depending on whether or not they believed the baby to be male or female. People were asked to watch a video of a baby reacting to a startling image (a Jack-in-the-box popping up), and describe the baby’s emotional state. When people believed the baby to be female, they described the baby as being scared and upset; when they thought the baby was male, they perceived the baby to be angry. This was very telling, as it showed that literally identical behavior could be construed differently based on the perceived gender of the subject.
Now imagine a lifetime of gender specific socialization- male anger is par for the course while the same emotion in a woman is personal weakness. Ha oh sorry don’t have to imagine THAT’S REALITY
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bruce Banner/Steve Rogers, Pepper Potts/James “Rhodey” Rhodes/Tony Stark, Steve Rogers/Pierre Matisse (mentioned)
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Maria Hill, Rachel Maddow
Additional Tags: Exposure, Exhibitionism, superhumans, Team as Family, Vulnerability, Food, gamma-irradiated raccoons, pushups, workouts, Interviews, Coming Out, Steve goes on Rachel Maddow, Food Issues, Milkshakes, Burritos, Steve Feels, Bruce Feels, Submission, BDSM
When he gets back to New York, Steve only lasts five days living in Williamsburg before he packs up again and heads, shamefaced, to Stark Tower. The people are nice enough, but they’re a kind of rich that Steve doesn’t know how to deal with, and the neighborhood is crowded and strange, with too many eyes on him all the time.0
Things Girls Have To Do In The Shower:
-wash the face (have you ever tried to get makeup off)
-wash the body
-try to get conditioner out & fail to get it all out
-did i mention shave that takes a long time
-like summon satan and stuff
Things Boys Have To Do In The Shower:
-i dunno i think my brother uses soap sometimes
Don’t complain when my shower’s not 5 minutes long
shrimp are referred to as an abomination four times more than homosexuality is in the bible