- person who used to self harm: You know after dealing with this shit for years i've decided to stop hating my scars and instead embrace them. why cover them and be ashamed when they are a part of who I am.
- shit nerd: umm yeah can we stop romanticizing mental illness thanks
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
It is now easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.
1. When you cut yourself, clean and bandage it.
2. Do not start smoking cigarettes because the boy who broke your heart does.
3. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
4. Cutting calories doesn’t do anything but make you unhappy.
5. If the number on the scale rises, throw it out.
6. The first girl you ever “date” is going to call the police on you even though she lives three thousand miles away, because you’re going to tell her that you’re not in a good mental state shortly after you’ve “broken up”.
7. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
8. Break up with the boy who says, “You had a sexy phase!” when you tell him that you’ve dated a girl before.
9. Dating your friends is not always the best idea, but you can still be friends after you’ve broken up with her.
10. Your mother will try to become your best friend because you’re leaving for college soon. Let her.
11. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
12. Your closest friend will stop talking to you when you leave for college.
13. It’s okay to cry.
14. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
15. When you cut yourself again, clean and bandage it. Do not be ashamed.
16. Your anxiety is going to try and control your entire life. Tell it to shut the hell up, because you’re trying to live and that task is hard enough as it is.
17. The past has a funny way of coming back in the form of you developing a crush on another friend.
18. Try not to hate yourself for breaking up with your boyfriend.
19. If you’re still smoking, apologize silently to your mother.
20. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
Papercuts Welcome: 7 Books You Shouldn’t Read as eBooks
I once shouted that e-readers were humanity’s ruin, then later wrote a love letter to my Kindle. I’m back aboard the paper-and-binding express these days, but I totally see the merit of ebooks: You’ve got unlimited books for a long trip! You can hide your utter stupidity for still being on last month’s YA-dystopian franchise! You can publicly readMoby Dick when you’re home on summer break and not have drinks thrown at you for looking like a dick!
Whether you’re into e-readers to save paper or just to avoid the typeface ofInfinite Jest, you’re still reading a book and that’s great. But even if your tablet is your mistresses, some books just need the ol’ fashioned treatment. If you’ve found yourself swiping and tapping too much, you may just want to plunge into these books that offer no other choice than to be literal page-turners.
1. S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
Like all things Abrams, S is dripping with mysteries, conspiracies and questions. Its jist is that you’re reading an old library copy of another book,Ship of Theseus, that may’ve been created as an espionage tool by its illustrious author. Two bookworm sleuths (and hopeful lovers!) have scribbled notes and theories in the yellowing pages’ margins and stuffed the book with physical newspaper clippings, postcards and other literary detritus. It’s catered to win the hearts of any book lover, and the ride’s a blast. The thrill of literati spies just wouldn’t feel the same with an off switch.
2. Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski
Sure, that other Danielewski book about leaves and a house would also lose its charm in eBook form, but this one would be a bigger loss. The road trip tale is told from two points of view, written in free verse poetry and time-stamped current event headlines. Because the text size shrinks one way and grows in another, you have to physically flip and rotate the book on numerous occasions. To say the least, it’d be a real pain in the ass if your iPad kept trying to reorient the screen for you.
3. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
Our heroes are on the run from a “conceptual fish” that hunts memories. (These books never have clear summaries, do they?) If Terry Gilliam andJaws had a love baby, it would recommend picking up this book in person as the text actually crumbles into different shapes — and into a flipbook at one mind-bending point! Would you want to have someone flip the flipbook for you? No flippin’ way.