thedailywhat:

The Girl Who Just Wants To Learn of the Day: Meet Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban this week on her way home from school —  ”A bullet struck her head, but her brain is safe,” one of her doctors reported.
Why is the Taliban targeting her? Because she openly campaigns online and in her country for education for girls.
A Taliban spokesman says that if she survives, they’ll come for her again:
She was pro-West, she was speaking against the Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol. She was young but she was promoting Western culture.
[newyorker]

thedailywhat:

The Girl Who Just Wants To Learn of the Day: Meet Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban this week on her way home from school —  ”A bullet struck her head, but her brain is safe,” one of her doctors reported.

Why is the Taliban targeting her? Because she openly campaigns online and in her country for education for girls.

A Taliban spokesman says that if she survives, they’ll come for her again:

She was pro-West, she was speaking against the Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol. She was young but she was promoting Western culture.

[newyorker]

Things I want to tell people, that I wish people had told me:

  • You don’t have to achieve great things by the time you’re 25
  • You have intrinsic value above and beyond your perceived utility to other people and society at large. 
  • You don’t have to have sex, or have sex in any way that you find uncomfortable or unpleasant, to keep anyone’s love or good opinion of you. They didn’t love you or think very well of you to start with if they demand it. 
  • You don’t have to stay with someone who isn’t meeting your emotional or sexual needs because they need you, or you’ve been with them for awhile, or you need to be in a relationship. You need you. Your time is your own and it is finite. 
  • It’s ok to work at a job you enjoy that doesn’t make you miserable even if it’s not a career and it won’t “lead to anything.” 
  • Your life is not a narrative. It is not leading to anything, there is no overarching thesis, it does not have themes beyond the usual shared cultural experiences of your time and place. This is ok. It does not mean that your life is without purpose or meaning. 
  • It’s ok not to like or get along with the vast majority of people you encounter, so long as you afford them the same respect, courtesy and dignity that they afford you. 
  • Expensive is not always better. 
  • Failure is temporary if you’re still alive. 
  • People are both much better and much worse than you’d suspect, but usually not all at once. 
  • Stop thinking of your future self as a different person and it will be easier to prevent money and health problems. 
  • Let people help you, lean on them when you need to, and be available to help, but don’t swing too far in either direction. Try to carry your half of the life basket as evenly as you can. 
  • Set boundaries, and do not be afraid to kick people out of your life who disregard them. You will not end up alone and unloved. People who love you will be ok with your boundaries. 
  • Your power does not come from money or beauty, but from seeing life steadily and wholly, from a curious and thoughtful mind, and from your ability to say no when you want to, and yes when you want to, and I don’t know when you don’t know. 
  • There will be bad times, maybe lots of bad times, but not only bad times. 
  • Love will not heal the wounds in your soul, but love can give you the impetus to begin the work of healing yourself. 
  • Life might be a long series of starting over, and that’s alright. 
  • You’re really cool, you’re really beautiful, you’re really special. Really. Not to everyone, but to a lot of someones sometimes.

fuck yeah sex education: Stretch Marks!

halt-the-body-hate:

The thing you really have to remember about stretch marks is that, no matter how hard the media tries to portray them as an evil thing that only happens to fat or pregnant women. THATS NOT TRUE.

Stretch marks are soo incredibly universal.

Men get them, women get them, non binary people get them, intersex people get them, old people get them, young people get them, skinny people get them, fat people get them, pregnant people get them, non pregnant people get them.

You can get them on your shoulders, back, lower back, chest, stomach, hips, butt, thighs, inner thighs, calves, elbows, upper arms, lower arms, neck, hell I wouldn’t be surprised if some people have them on their genitals.

As much as people want to make you believe that they’re something bad that you should try as hard as you can to make go away, thats bullshit honestly.

They’re natural. Its like saying “so almost everyone has eyebrows, shave them off”

LIKE HELL I WILL.

My eyebrows.

I like them.

SAME IDEA.

Don’t be ashamed of your stretchmarks. Or your lack of stretchmarks. Not every single person gets them, and thats totally okay. Because, by the same reasoning,  some people don’t have eyebrows. I know that for people who do, it always seems like youre the ONLY person who gets them or the ONLY person who has big wide ones in noticeable places, you’re not.