Being offensive and being kind are not mutually exclusive things.
Janet Mock (via diaganal)

(Source: pousseyposse)

(Reblogged from mamavalkyrie)
Tie me up, tie me down, let me go - and come with me.

Tie me up, tie me down, let me go - and come with me.

It was as though she’d been skating on the surface her whole life. Hairline cracks in the ice give you glimpses of what it’s really like beneath, but afraid of the danger, you steer away. Then suddenly one of those cracks opens up anyway and drags you down - and that’s life, cold and dirty and exhilarating and a straight fight for survival. And the more you fight the more alive you feel.
Boris Starling, Vodka, 288
And here I was hoping this year would be different, that you would be loving and patient and kind, and that for once I would not feel ashamed and defensive. Some people never learn.

And here I was hoping this year would be different, that you would be loving and patient and kind, and that for once I would not feel ashamed and defensive. Some people never learn.

Survey on university/school triggers

Reblogged from a friend - please help her out!

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Hi everyone!

I am currently working on a paper/journal article on triggers, triggering material and teaching sensitive material. A huge part of this work is using personal examples to examine how university class material and discussions can often be triggering for students and suggest possible ways to avoid this. For this, I’m trying to collect as many personal anecdotes and opinions as possible and that’s where you come in, lovely people! I am looking at various triggers: racism, trans*phobia, homophobia, classism, sexual assault, eating disorders, violence, etc.

If you have ever felt triggered by in-class material or discussions, I would love to know about it. I have a few questions to ask about the experience and about what you think could have been done differently to avoid this happening. I’d rather do the interviews in person, but if you’d prefer to make your contribution anonymous, you can fill out the SurveyMonkey below instead! 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JRC6WCQ

All contributions will be made anonymous and gender-neutral! Thank you so much for your help, this will help Education students learn how to better treat sensitive material to keep their students safer. The final paper will also be sent to various faculty and department members in hopes that it will help develop frameworks to make classrooms at McGill safer.

*Please feel free to share this with as many people as possible! Thank you ♥

After days of being good and living up to expectations and caring and forgetting myself, does it make a terrible person that I just want to be selfish for a little bit?

After days of being good and living up to expectations and caring and forgetting myself, does it make a terrible person that I just want to be selfish for a little bit?

We lose patience with the idea that the teacher is there mainly to ‘facilitate’ children’s development … we are there for something more subtle and profound than that: we help mediate the knowledge, problems and questions the children already possess.
Cliffor and Friesen 1993: 19. 
I have spent too long, much too long fighting with you in words and actions -
this, now, is my final and parting shot:
leave me alone, leave them alone so you do not create another generation of tired, weary, self conscious kids who want nothing more than to be loved unconditionally.
En garde.

I have spent too long, much too long fighting with you in words and actions -

this, now, is my final and parting shot:

leave me alone, leave them alone so you do not create another generation of tired, weary, self conscious kids who want nothing more than to be loved unconditionally.

En garde.

I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.
L.M. Montgomery
I’m down to my last nerve, and you’re just getting on it.

I’m down to my last nerve, and you’re just getting on it.

I’m not sad, but the boys who are looking for sad girls always find me. I’m not a girl anymore and I’m not sad anymore. You want me to be a tragic backdrop so that you can appear to be illuminated, so that people can say ‘Wow, isn’t he so terribly brave to love a girl who is so obviously sad?’ You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole.
Warsan Shire
Too much of me feels old and tired.

Too much of me feels old and tired.

Pulse

Be still my beating heart:

ripped from my chest,

clenched in your fingers,

palpitating pulsating pounding while you palpate it -

be still, I say, be still, so that you cannot know how my heart beats for you, pleads for you,

thump thump lub dub lub dub lub dub.

A solid thump as you drop it in the chest along with all the others,

quietly beating away in hopes that one day one day,

the drumming the pounding the beating will be

too loud in your head and you

come back and

finish us off,

devouring every last bit of connective tissue that

We wanted so desperately for

You to leash us with.

I feel like shit and I haven’t the faintest idea why.
I think I need some coddling and TLC right now but I don’t want anyone to touch me.
Urgh.
I hate this.

I feel like shit and I haven’t the faintest idea why.

I think I need some coddling and TLC right now but I don’t want anyone to touch me.

Urgh.

I hate this.

Life has a way of making the foreseeable that which never happens, and the unforseeable that which life becomes.
Robert Frost