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When we write stories, and when we publish them, we are legitimizing the experiences of the people within the texts. We are telling the stories of cultures, and of humanity – but when there is no difference, the text becomes problematic instead of an illustration of human difference. Over and over and over again, “human” becomes very narrowly defined – “humans” become those who are white, who are straight, who are upper-middle class, who are able-bodied, who are cis. How are children supposed to learn to appreciate difference if they hardly recognize that it exists?

Furthermore, when we ask children of color and children of other diverse groups to always be sympathetic to the plights and existences of children of this very narrow population, we are denying them a certain level of personhood. What does it mean if their story is never told? Is it not worth telling? Is it less important? Are they less important?

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- Why We Need Diverse Books via Because I Am A Woman (via becauseiamawoman)

(Source: tumblr.com, via becauseiamawoman)

kellioharas:

E N F P; (listen) a mix for the bright souls who see endless possibilities in all that they do; for those on an never ending quest for joy and adventure; for the passionate, the independent, the enthusiastic. the enfp. 

"stuff your eyes with wonder. live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. it’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."

i. into the wild // LP, ii. riot rhythm // sleigh bells, iii. king and lionheart // of monsters and men, iv. viva la vida // coldplay, v. the city // ed sheeran, vi. I wanna get better // the bleachers, vii. dreaming // smallpools, viii. beautiful day // U2 
(more in this series)

kellioharas:

E N F P; (listen) a mix for the bright souls who see endless possibilities in all that they do; for those on an never ending quest for joy and adventure; for the passionate, the independent, the enthusiastic. the enfp. 

"stuff your eyes with wonder. live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. it’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."

i. into the wild // LP, ii. riot rhythm // sleigh bells, iii. king and lionheart // of monsters and men, iv. viva la vida // coldplay, v. the city // ed sheeran, vi. I wanna get better // the bleachers, vii. dreaming // smallpools, viii. beautiful day // U2 

(more in this series)

music this is my mbti

I am feeling adorable and pleased about it. I needed a boost this morning so I spent the extra five minutes it takes for me to be happy with my eyeliner because I had the time and decided cuteness was a priority for me today (not to say that I’m not cute without the extra fine minutes, this is ‘polished cute’).
Last night was kind of hideously awful, except for the part where my amazing girlfriend was especially lovely and caring while things were so hideously awful, but today I’m starting fresh. I’ve decided bad days don’t get to colour the rest of the week. And y’all get to see my face about it. You’re welcome.

I am feeling adorable and pleased about it. I needed a boost this morning so I spent the extra five minutes it takes for me to be happy with my eyeliner because I had the time and decided cuteness was a priority for me today (not to say that I’m not cute without the extra fine minutes, this is ‘polished cute’).

Last night was kind of hideously awful, except for the part where my amazing girlfriend was especially lovely and caring while things were so hideously awful, but today I’m starting fresh. I’ve decided bad days don’t get to colour the rest of the week. And y’all get to see my face about it. You’re welcome.

personal about me gpoy

Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

(Source: jamesbadgedale, via texasbowlegs)

matilda

traumatherapist:

How to make your very own I Don’t Suck file:

It can be general or specific—A lot of my clients make general files with notes from loved ones or former students/clients/bosses of theirs or other supports. Or magazine clippings that remind them of goals or qualities they have. I am currently making one that is therapy related as a way to transition from my most recent job and prepare for my move abroad. It has notes from clients, supervisees and evaluations.

What you need: It can be as low maintenance as a file folder stuffed with notes or as high maintenance as a well-crafted scrapbook. What’s important is that you have a place to go when you need a pick-me-up.

You can gather things to build it—don’t have what you’re looking for? Start gathering!

  • If you have a friend or family member you trust to be supportive of you, see if they’d be willing to write you a note about what they like about you.
  • Next time you’re looking at a magazine or reading a blog and see something that resonates with you—save it for your file. Truth resonates, and you can’t recognize something that you don’t have, so if there is something you read or see that you admire and relate to, there’s something of you that’s in it.
  • Write yourself some affirmations when you’re feeling good—make your own or use song lyrics or quotes.

-latest After Trauma post

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