About a month ago, Sophia Katz told me she was raped by a former friend and roommate of mine when she visited New York this past May. Yesterday, she published a piece chronicling the sexual abuse she experienced that week, using a pseudonym for her rapist. I shared the piece on multiple…
• 29 September 2014 • 454 notes
every community has good people and bad people. sometimes the bad people exploit you. sometimes they abuse you. sometimes they have sex with you against your will. this is always called rape. this is always a time to support the victim.
sophia has been very brave to write this piece. i lived with this man for a year and never expected the extent of his evilness. i’ve become less and less surprised by the frequent stories i’ve heard surrounding him, and it is always heartbreaking and vile. it is important that the indie lit scene recognizes those that are taking advantage of the very young women in it.
• 29 September 2014 • 142 notes
1. leuhk & maggie on the roof in crown heights
2. epigraphs from SELF-HELP by lorrie moore. i’ve been rereading it recently. the story ‘how’, in particular, seems so amazing to me. (every sentence is so powerful. the pacing of the prose is so intense).
3. this is a spider i saw a few days ago.
4. gabby & i seem to have no clue what’s going on.
5. karina & i were in mccarren park.
6. later i was looking out on the thames from canary wharf.
7. i have been thinking about this song so much. seems like literally me irl.
8. rachael & i striking a feminine pose in bed-stuy.
9. this is my newest look.
10. these lines stood out when i was rereading gabby’s 'alone with other people'
• 25 September 2014 • 20 notes
obsessed with stacey teague’s new book ‘takahē’
• 25 September 2014 • 73 notes
It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.
These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.
— Roxane Gay. What Men Want, America Delivers
• 23 September 2014 • 266 notes