“my platform might be a little bigger than someone else’s, but everyone has a purpose. for me, that purpose in my life right now is soccer. there’s a cool, personal testimony that goes along with it.” -tobin heath
A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THINGS THAT DO NOT REMIND ME OF YOU or THE WAY YOU HELD MY HAND LIKE A TELEPHONE ON OUR FIRST DATE or AN INNER TUBE GOING DOWN NIAGARA FALLS WHILE FOREIGN TOURISTS SNAP PHOTOGRAPHS or I’VE SPENT ALL DAY THINKING ABOUT THE WAY YOU’D KISS THE TOP OF MY HEAD WHENEVER I SNUGGLED INTO YOUR CHEST AND IT STILL ISN’T ENOUGH or YOU ARE THE CLOSEST THING TO BREATHING THAT I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED or SHAVING YOUR FACE AFTER BREAKING UP WITH ME or I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT MY HEART LOOKS LIKE WHEN IT ISN’T SITTING IN YOUR HAND or MY BUMBLEBEE PIN ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE NEXT TO AN EMPTY CAN AND A CHIPOTLE BAG or I WANT TO FUCKING DIE WHENEVER I THINK ABOUT YOU WITH SOMEBODY ELSE EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YOU’RE SLEEPING JUST AS ALONE AS I AM or YOUR LIPS ON MY NECK LIKE MAGNETS TO THE FRIDGE or IN THE TIME IT TOOK ME TO TITLE THIS LIST I PROBABLY COULD’VE BEEN GETTING OVER YOU BUT I’D RATHER FLOOD THE WORLD WITH MY TEARS AND WATCH EVERYBODY DROWN IN THEM THAN THROW ANY OF THIS AWAY
He’s such a dork that I literally just want to hold him forever and take care of him because I know he can’t do that on his own. Maybe even embarrass the hell out of him at school because of how protective I could get but he’d still love me because I’m his sister
He likes video games, yakiniku and manga so that’s going to be our bonding time and I’m going to be the really clingy sister towards him.
I want to have his family’s metabolic rate. He mentioned having a sister in GakuPuri and that she was extremely thin despite eating as much as he did.
So here’s what happened. Because there are a few scenes in Looking for Alaska that some people find controversial, the Depew High School administrators and English teachers got together, and they wrote a letter saying, “We’re gonna teach this book. We think it’s pretty good. If you’re okay with your kid being taught this book, please sign this permission slip, otherwise the kid will read some other book.” So parents who are cool with their kids reading Looking for Alaska get to have their kids read Looking for Alaska, and parents who aren’t cool with it get to have their kids read some other book.
But there were a few people who weren’t happy with this solution. These people didn’t actually have kids who are in the 11th grade… but no matter. They think my book is pornographic and that it will cause immoral thoughts and actions in children. These people believe that no one should be allowed to read the book, even those people whose parents signed the permission slip.
Now Hank, it’s no secret that I like for things to be about me, but this really isn’t. Still, I have to tell you that when you’re told that the novel that you wrote for teenagers is pornography, you start to feel a little bit, mmm… mad. I don’t know exactly what it is that bothers me about that characterization. I mean, it’s not the -ography. I wouldn’t be mad if someone was like, ‘We must get this book out of our classrooms; it’s full of geography!’ Or, 'No teenager should ever have to read this disgusting work of lexicography.’
No Hank, it’s not the -graphy that bothers me. It’s the porn.
Pornography is designed to titillate. Hank, I don’t think there’s a single halfway-normal person in the world who would find a single thing in my book in anyway arousing. There is one very frank sex scene. It is awkward, un-fun, disastrous, and wholly unerotic. Hank, the whole reason that scene in question exists in Looking for Alaska is because I wanted to draw contrast between that scene, when there is a lot of physical intimacy but it’s ultimately very emotionally empty, and the scene that immediately follows it, when there is not a serious physical interaction, but there’s this intense emotional connection.
The argument here is that physical intimacy can never stand in for emotional closeness. And that when teenagers attempt to conflate these ideas, it inevitably fails. Hank, it doesn’t take a deeply critical understanding of literature to realize that Looking for Alaska is arguing against vapid physical interactions, not for them.
Now, Hank, some people are gonna say that kids don’t have the critical sophistication when they’re reading to understand that. And I have a message for those people: shut up and stop condescending to teenagers.
John Green - “I Am Not a Pornographer” - Jan. 30 2008
Also I was just debating with a guy who was telling me how all feminists hate men, and I was explaining about how feminism is actually about dismantling a patriarchal hegemony that’s harmful to all genders, and then he said - and I quote - ‘white males are the new 1940’s black people of the world’
so then I called him an idiot and he said 'Um, that’s a low blow, but since I have balls then I suppose you know where to aim your kicks’, to which I replied 'Son, believe you and me, my kicks are aimed squarely at your bigotry, not your balls. Your balls ain’t all that'
and then I turned off notifications, washed my brain out and tried to forget that I wasted half an hour forming reasoned arguments against a poor oppressed middle class white man who literally thinks he’s Martin Luther King