I think it’s fucked up how empowerment had women completely tricked into thinking they’re truly the bo$$es in the world so now whenever we say we critize an industry like porn, we are mistaken for the ones who believe women are too dumb to think or some shit, while we actually just try to be honest and say “we don’t all have the same power out there so obviously there is coercion happening especially under capitalism” without ever implying that women are “responsible”. But now, we are apparently offending every liberal women who “choose”, just by adding these exact quotes that would apparently suggest every single women is not the boss of her own life. I know, it’s not fun to be the victim of an abusive system, and it’s easier to seek empowerment from shit that happens to you (see also : “it happens for a good reason”, “there is as much positive in negative stuff” which are patriarcal values really). But I also know that you need to /excuse your privilege/ as well friend when it comes to critical thinking ! Don’t be fooled, women -and only them remember that at all times, have been there to liberate women from patriarchy, and when it started to affect women positively, men and their corporations took it by saying that fashion, makeup, porn, body image, and such are actually empowering if *you* decide it is.
You do what you got to do in this society to live as good as you can, but it should never stop you from being critical about any of your actions.

“I can’t believe that I have only ever thought of my natural state as something to use as a joke rather than something to be celebrated. Forever I had tried to tame the things that ended up being my greatest powers.

That’s the main thing I probably learned in my adulthood: my self in my most natural form is my secret weapon. It’s my warrior garb.”

–Jenny Slate to Glamour on trying to no longer straighten her hair

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

A day will come when your days will be unbearably too long, your nights will be too quiet, and the floor will feel too cold on your skin, and you won’t have any other choice but to pick yourself up, kick your feet up, and rise up again.

Because really, how long will you stay down, waiting, crying, and moping around when you’re the only one who can decide to save yourself?
—  cynthia go // Rise up
If you keep at it, it will happen. It will. The only thing that is stopping you from achieving your wildest dreams is the questioning of whether or not you will show your persistence. So show it. Show that infinite strength and courage that you have within you.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

What is a queen without her king?”

I don’t know, but let’s ask
Tzu-hsi and
the countless other kingless queens
who turned mere kingdoms into
the greatest of Empires.

—  Nikita Gill

Hold your head high, little girl;
Place your hands at your sides and stand tall.
You are powerful,
You are a mountain,
A warrior,
A goddess.
Let nothing in this world stand in your way.

Keep your voice heard, little girl;
Speak your mind and take no spite from them.
You are intelligent,
You are an owl,
A librarian,
A strategist.
Control the world around you.

Love with your entire self, little girl;
Accept those who will accept you.
You are kind,
You are a lover,
An advocate,
A safe place.
Make the world a better place.

You must find your why.
That why that gets you up early in the morning.
That why that has you staying up late.
That why that keeps you going.
If your why does not fill you up with a mixture of emotions, bringing with it both happiness and tears, laughter and anxiousness, eagerness and worries,
then it is not your why.
Keep searching until you find it.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
You don’t need to wait for someone else to take you on an adventure, for you already have an explorer within you. So grab yourself by the hand, take a breath, and get ready for the amazing journey that lies ahead.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
It is not easy to let go of people,
especially when they are of
kindred souls to your own.
You just have to trust that
however short they stayed in
your life, they have fulfilled
a beautiful purpose - perhaps
it was to touch you softly,
or to wake you up from a stupor,
or to teach you a lesson of
some sort. Whatever it was
they came into your life for,
you are never emptier for their
absence. Rather, you are more
whole for it. Love them while
letting them go. Love them
even after they are gone. And
love yourself all the more for
your strength.
—  The Subtle Art of Letting Go // Genefe Navilon