quotes-by-women

and watching boys thrive without girls who made them sad

and watching boys thrive without boys who made them sad

and watching girls thrive without girls who made them sad

and watching anyone thrive without anyone who made them sad

You tried to change, didn’t you?
Closed your mouth more,
tried to be softer, prettier,
less volatile, less awake
You can’t make homes out of human beings.
Someone should have already told you that.

— Warshan Shire, For Women Who Are Difficult To Love 

“European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world-the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love. Africa is no exception. When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?’ I was mortified. I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview and doesn’t get the job. Then she puts a cream on her face to lighten her skin, and she gets the job! This is the message: that dark skin is unacceptable. I definitely wasn’t hearing this from my immediate family-my mother never said anything to that effect-but the voices from the television are usually much louder than the voices of your parents.“

Do not fall in love with woman who reads, who feels too much, who writes. Do not fall in love with woman who is educated, charming, crazy. Do not fall in love with woman who thinks and who knows how to fly, who is sure of herself. Do not fall in love with woman who laughs or cries during making love, who knows how to transform her body into a soul and absolutely do not fall in love with woman who adores poetry (because those kind of women are the most dangerous ones). Avoid a woman who can contemplate about painting for hours and cannot live without music. Do not fall in love with woman who is interested in politics, who is a rebel and who feels tremendous horror when injustice is made. Do not fall in love with woman who does not watch television and whose face and body is not the only proof of her beauty. Do not fall in love with woman who is strong, brilliant, sarcastic. You will not like being in love with such woman, because whether she stays with you or not, whether she will love you or not, from that kind of woman there is no turning back.
—  some facebook page has post it in slovak so I translated it and post it ´cause it´s simply amazing
She had stars behind each eyelid,
And a galaxy in her soul,
That drew people to her endless heart,
Like the pull of a black hole,
She was made of earth and fire,
Of wishes cast on shooting stars,
She was a brand new solar system,
Unlike the ones they’d known so far,
With constellations ever changing,
No one could memorize her skies,
And they thought the thing for them to do,
Was bring her down to size,
They shrunk the universe within her,
Told her her vast expanse was wrong,
That she should make her life much smaller,
If she wanted to belong,
As they collapsed her world around her,
She felt her inner stars grow cold,
Until her life was far too heavy,
For her once strong arms to hold,
You might wonder how it happened,
But I guess that it makes sense,
Because a life becomes much heavier,
When it’s the universe condensed.
—  e.h.