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”Girls”, Portraits by Luo Yang

In her series Girls, Beijing-based photographer Luo Yang reveals a side to contemporary China that is rarely seen in the West. Defying stereotypes, Yang’s subjects depict bold, self-aware Chinese women of an emerging generation instead of appearing simply timid and shy. 

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PSA

Allosexual = Person that does not ID as ace-spec

Alloromantic = Person that does not ID as aro-spec

IOW, they assume nothing about anyone’s sexuality or romantic life, they only assume a person does not ID on the ace or aro spectrum.

That’s it, that’s all, the end.

They harm literally no one.

#BoostAceVoices #BoostAroVoices

You ruin your life by desensitizing yourself. We are all afraid to say too much, to feel too deeply, to let people know what they mean to us. Caring is not synonymous with crazy. Expressing to someone how special they are to you will make you vulnerable. There is no denying that. However, that is nothing to be ashamed of. There is something breathtakingly beautiful in the moments of smaller magic that occur when you strip down and are honest with those who are important to you. Let that girl know that she inspires you. Tell your mother you love her in front of your friends. Express, express, express. Open yourself up, do not harden yourself to the world, and be bold in who, and how you love. There is courage in that.
—  Bianca Sparacino
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To all the little girls like who are like me:
may you never fear the sound of your own voice.
May you never turn around when you want to run ahead,
keep your mouth closed when you want to scream,
or look at your growing body and want to shrink.
Instead, may you speak with the confidence of all the mountains,
firm and strong in their place in the world,
unwavered by the comings and goings of the storms.
May you spread your wings as wide as they’ll reach
and soar forwards to your future,
looking back only to remember and to learn-
never to wish you could return.
May you scream out all the love and passion and tears
and hurt and hopes and dreams you ever have the gift of feeling,
because darling, feeling is nothing to be ashamed of-
it is something to be proud of.
May you never learn to resent the space you take up,
instead revel in the beauty and the strength that is your body.
May you look in the mirror every night
and pick out everything you love about you,
inside and out and everywhere in between.
I hope you grow up knowing that the moment you
begin to fear the sound of your own voice,
you fall into the same trap that has been laid
for young girls like you for centuries.
I beg of you, don’t fall in.
I beg of you, live every second of your life screaming.
—  a blessing no longer whispered // c.r.h.