women-secret

1. Last year the doctor told me that this kind of sadness is inherited. That they have discovered that sometimes it skips a generation. That the darkness inside me did not grow from nowhere it came from somewhere. I thought to myself, that there is a reason why I have always thought my heart was an attic where I hid pieces of myself. Pieces no one ever wanted.

2. The first boy I ever chose to show this sadness to decided to take it from my attic heart and planted it inside my soul instead. It was easy for him. My soul was a garden I showed him too soon. And he decided that meant he was allowed to take anything he wanted to.

3. Every man who has dared to love me since, has stared at this dark ivy covered soul like it is a haunted house, and I have never tried to explain the thing I have always known. Because men do not have to learn how to open their own selves and lock themselves up again. They are taught to be themselves and the world will accept them better that way. We are taught to break our bodies to be loved. We are taught to confuse sex and love.

4. I knew a girl whose father left her and she took all of her love for him and ate it to comfort herself. People joked how she lived in the kitchen. No one saw her tears when she ate.

5. A friend once told me that she locked herself inside the closet when her parents fought because her father beat her mother and she wished herself into the wood, just so she knew what it was like to be an inanimate object that couldn’t hear or feel anything.

6. My mother told me, that it is the way of the world for girls to grow into women by locking secrets inside themselves. Till now I still imagine every woman I have ever met as a big beautiful house. Full of secret rooms, hiding places, once filled with innocent laughter and joy. Now slightly sad and forgotten because of all those lost places inside them full of secrets.

—  Nikita Gill, The House Inside Her

some peoples’ takes re: marshmallowfury getting exposed as a terf are fucking unreal lol… hey, you know what’s a million times worse than posting screencaps of a private tumblr IM exchange? actively fighting against trans peoples’ civil rights, and spreading violently transmisogynistic lies about trans women being male rapists that literally get trans women killed, all on secret alternate accounts so you can be all “uwu no discourse on my art blog” and keep profiting off of trans followers and peers who don’t know your true colors

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
—  Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size  
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,  
The stride of my step,  
The curl of my lips.  
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,  
That’s me.
—  Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
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Crystals of the hormone oxytocin

In women, this hormone is secreted naturally by the pituitary gland. Oxytocin has a variety of roles. This includes causing contractions of the uterus during labour, and the stimulation of the flow of milk in women who are breast-feeding. In men, oxytocin causes contraction of the reproductive tract during ejaculation to aid sperm release. It is also thought to be involved in bonding and the formation of long-lasting relationships.

The Clone Wars Gambit novel headcanons I really like:
  • Obi-Wan constantly using words meaning of which Anakin doesn’t know. Like clandestine
  • Obi-Wan explaining difficult words to Anakin
  • Anakin repeatedly failing to memorize them because they are just not in his vocabulary. Again, like clandestine
  • Anakin picking up strays like Qui-Gon
  • Obi-Wan using mind-tricks right and left
  • Anakin worrying about Obi-Wan
  • Padawans in the Temple standing in awe of Ahsoka because she is Anakin’s padawan and knows cool clones by names
  • Bail Organa trying to figure out which one of the Skywalker-Kenobi team Padme is interested in
  • Threepio telling Anakin that Padme is on secret women retreat with no contacts with men permitted
  • Obi-Wan feeling slightly uncomfortable watching Anakin interacting with women
  • Obi-Wan being a terrible cooker
  • Obi-Wan’s trademark swagger
{Reaction} Mafia!EXO having a bad deal and you’re the only one that can calm them

Hi! Could you please do an exo mafia!au reaction to them coming home from a bad deal or something bad happening while they were in charge and you’re the only one that can calm them down? Thank you~💕 

Note: Mafia AU’s will be the death of me I swear. Enjoy~!

Disclaimer: I don’t own the gifs/ images used.

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Park Chanyeol

Originally posted by parkchny

Chanyeol’s shoulders were shaking as he sat on the couch, he looked as white and pale as a sheet. He’d been on a drug deal, a supposedly loyal trader. Except this time, the man pulled out the gun, and Chanyeol seemed as though he was still in shock over his near death experience despite he had been in that kind of situation a fair few times before. You stepped inside, wrapping your arms around him and hugging him until his shaking body stopped. He helped you closely, not saying a word, but feeling the comfort in knowing you’re there for him.


Do Kyungsoo/ D.O.

Originally posted by yoonem

He didn’t show it, but he felt shaken up. He had been on an assassination job, but the man had got away again. Only this time, he had put up a fight, and Kyungsoo had been closer to the bullet of a gun than he would’ve liked to have been. The others didn’t notice the horror hidden behind his poker face, but as he arrived home, you saw it immediately, and took him away from the other to talk to him, knowing that he needed to relieve of whatever had happened while he had been out.

Kyungsoo: “I nearly died… the scariest part was the thought of leaving you behind…”


Byun Baekhyun

Originally posted by trulynatalie

Baekhyun‘s blood was boiling in anger as he returned home, he had been set up by someone he was supposed to be making deals with. The other members gracefully kept their distance from him, no one wanted to be around Baekhyun when he was pissed off. But as you walked into the room, his face softened. He smiled as you walked over and help you in his arms, his face nuzzling the crook of your neck as he slowly calmed down.

Baekhyun: “Thank you for being there, {y/n}.”


Oh Sehun

Originally posted by veriloquentmind

Sehun scoffed as Junmyeon lectured him on the dangerous actions of his last mission. He had let one of the most notorious murders slip through his fingers. If he didn’t feel bad enough about it, Junmyeon had made him feel a hundred times worse about it. He felt his eyes squeeze tightly shut as he walked into your shared apartment as he was mid putting his coat on the hanger. He looked at you, and you understood that he had been having a bad day without any words to tell you. You put the cooking down and made your way over, wordlessly pulling him into a hug which instantly calmed him down. He changed the subject to forget about the bad day he’d had.

Sehun: “Something smells nice, what have you been making?”


Zhang Yixing/ Lay

Originally posted by luhns

Lay was feeling unbelievably stressed. He had been overworked for the last few weeks, barely ever getting a break. If he wasn’t on an assassination mission, then he was dealing drugs, when he wasn’t dealing drugs he was in the casinos seducing women to gain secrets. It was a never ending cycle of working and stress. But as he arrived home one evening and saw you dressed in revealing clothing with a smile on your face, he couldn’t help but relax into you coaxing grin.

Lay: “You know me too well, Baobei.”


Kim Jongdae/ Chen

Originally posted by exoxoolf

Jongdae had been trying to crack a code for the whole day. He looked tired, and frustration coursed through his veins. To crack this code was essential if his mafia group finally wanted to make a move on their greatest enemies. It was all down to him, and he was feeling the pressure alright. When you first walked in, he snapped, and told you to leave him alone and that he was busy. But as you walked over and placed a coffee on the table beside him and pulled him into a hug. He relaxed into your touch.

Jongdae: “I’m sorry I snapped, I didn’t mean it. I love you jagiya.”


Kim Minseok/ Xiumin

Originally posted by chenrrerorocher

Minseok got home from a bad deal. It was the first time he had ever truly been scared. He had been on an assassination mission, and he had been incredibly close to being killed. The man had laughed in his face, saying how he was going to kill him, and then go after you and kill you too. That was the scariest part for Minseok, the thought of you dying. Eventually, he had fought the other man and finished off the job, but he was still left shaken as he came home. As soon as he walked in, he pulled you into a hug, knowing he needed to change his choice of career.

Minseok: “I’m so sorry, I love you. We need to get away from this life.”


Huang Zitao/ Tao

Originally posted by biiloved

Tao found himself actually crying. Kris had gone, he didn’t know where, Luhan was going to be following soon. EXO M was falling apart, and he was left wondering what was going to happen next. He knew he wasn’t safe, not knowing where his leader was. You had found him in the bedroom, curled under the blankets and shaking like a leaf. You climbed in with him, wrapping your arms around him from behind and holding him close until he finally fell asleep.


Kim Junmyeon/ Suho

Originally posted by veriloquentmind

The leader of EXO K was feeling incredibly stressed, conflicts were running within his own team, and everything felt as though it was falling to pieces. When he walked into the house, he was still fuming. When he saw you cooking him dinner, he walked over, pulling you roughly into his arms. But once you were in his embrace, he softened, holding you more lightly and running a hand through your hair.

{y/n}: “Everything alright?”

Suho: “It is now.”


Lu Han

Originally posted by baekthoven

Luhan sat in the corner to the warehouse in tears. The water stained his cheeks as he curled up into a ball of terror. The enemy had been killed, but he had been hit with sudden flashbacks, leaving him cowering in the corner next to a bloody body. He’d been ignoring calls for hours. He was finally found by yourself and Yixing later on. Yixing took a step back as you walked over to him.

Luhan: “I saw him getting killed again - I had a flashback -”

{y/n}: “It’s okay, I’m here now.” *Pulls him into a hug.* “Let’s go home”


Kim Jongin/ Kai

Originally posted by intokai

Kai allowed you to pull him into your arms as the two of you sat on the safe. He sighed as you pulled him to his feet. He had more than a stressful day, the deal had turned almost deathly wrong. But now, in your comfort he felt protected, and somewhat smiled as you started to saw with him in the living room with no music playing.


Wu Yifan/ Kris

Originally posted by krismehard

Kris pushed his chair under the table a little more roughly than usual, and groaned as it smacked against the table and knocked off a glass which smashed against the hard tiled floor. He shook his head, about to curse when he heard the door open. He was about to snap, to tell the person to fuck off. But as he looked up to see you, he felt his annoyance drain in an instant. He walked over, closing the door behind you and told you to come and sit with him for a while.

Kris: “We both need a break, come inside for a bit. Do you want some coffee?”

“When a man writes something, it’s what he’s written that’s judged. When a woman writes something, it’s her that’s judged." - Emily Brontë

Based largely on Charlotte’s letters, To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters follows the sisters’ rise from ordinary women to secret authors amid 19th century sexism. 

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Who else thinks Lefou already came in terms with his sexuality during his time in the Army because dayum all those men around him and he actually is an Experienced Homosexual™ because while Gaston snatched up all those widows women Lefou secretely hooked up with some comrades

“1. Last year the doctor told me that this kind of sadness is inherited. That they have discovered that sometimes it skips a generation. That the darkness inside me did not grow from nowhere it came from somewhere. I thought to myself, that there is a reason why I have always thought my heart was an attic where I hid pieces of myself. Pieces no one ever wanted.

2. The first boy I ever chose to show this sadness to decided to take it from my attic heart and planted it inside my soul instead. It was easy for him. My soul was a garden I showed him too soon. And he decided that meant he was allowed to take anything he wanted to.

3. Every man who has dared to love me since, has stared at this dark ivy covered soul like it is a haunted house, and I have never tried to explain the thing I have always known. Because men do not have to learn how to open their own selves and lock themselves up again. They are taught to be themselves and the world will accept them better that way. We are taught to break our bodies to be loved. We are taught to confuse sex and love.

4. I knew a girl whose father left her and she took all of her love for him and ate it to comfort herself. People joked how she lived in the kitchen. No one saw her tears when she ate.

5. A friend once told me that she locked herself inside the closet when her parents fought because her father beat her mother and she wished herself into the wood, just so she knew what it was like to be an inanimate object that couldn’t hear or feel anything.

6. My mother told me, that it is the way of the world for girls to grow into women by locking secrets inside themselves. Till now I still imagine every woman I have ever met as a big beautiful house. Full of secret rooms, hiding places, once filled with innocent laughter and joy. Now slightly sad and forgotten because of all those lost places inside them full of secrets.”

-Nikita Gill, The House Inside Her

artwork by Susanne Ussing

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.


I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.


Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman


Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.


Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

—  Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman
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Ming Xi by Vanina Sorrenti and styled by Sophia Neophitou for 10 Magazine

wearing Calvin Klein (photo 1) and Victoria’ Secret (photo 2)