Five Star Friday's 123rd Edition Is Brought to You By John Stuart Mill

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by the internet, imperfection, acceptance of motherhood, bullying mothers, depression, a need for space, love, coming out, sugar, eccentricity, singlehood, harsh realities, unsubscribing, and John Stuart Mill:

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If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
     — John Stuart Mill

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Saint Annette

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Ordinary Art

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Everyone wants to be known. It makes me tired. I want to shout, You are doing it all wrong. There is no second coming. Forget 2012. This is it. The missing button you discover while pulling on your clothes for work, the empty e-mail, and the leftover lasagna in the fridge. This is what we are given. This is what we have.

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Rebranding Myself As 'Mommy'

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Mommy Shorts

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29 Little Pills

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artistmotherteacher.com

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On Freaks and Geeks and Princesses, and Why Lady Gaga Is More Like Jesus Than You Think

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Her Bad Mother

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I do believe that children’s whimsy should be encouraged, and not repressed, and that any child who expresses the desire to march bravely forward into the world with her heart and imagination on her sleeve, regardless of what other people might think, should be supported in that desire. I believe this, because I believe that children who are taught that difference is okay, who are encouraged to understand that looking different or sounding different or moving different are not markers of weirdness or badness, who are encouraged to freely express their own difference, who are discouraged from ‘turning up their noses’ and judging others as ‘outcasts’ or ‘freaks’ just because they are different, I believe that in those children resides our best hope for changing the world for the better.

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On Faces And Eyes, Specifically Mine.

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Miss Britt

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I was bullied a little bit in middle school...

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Fever

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Will You Accept This Friend Request?

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Enormously Awkward

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In the spring semester, I started stalking the Coming Out Group, which was a secret meeting that convened on Tuesday nights where questioning and newly out students could come for support. I stood, in the dark, in a hedge, with a hoodie on, watching people go in every Tuesday for a month. And I didn’t make a step to join. I thought, Don’t they realize that any creep can stand in a hedge and see them and know that they’re gay? There had to be a more secret secret meeting. I would retreat to my room and log on to a gay AOL chatroom if my roommate wasn’t home. I found little acceptance there. The faceless society of screen names only queried “A/S/L?” and all I wanted to do was talk about my friend and our lemon squares.

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I Am My Own Funny Valentine, Always and Forever, World Without End

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Breed 'Em Weep

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The God of Cake

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Hyperbole and a Half

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My Dot

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Petunia Face

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I know that I am lucky, that my life is a snow globe shaken gently, diffused yellow light floating with motes of dust suspended on sunbeams full of kings and peasants, every saint and sinner, of every couple in love, that I am no different than you or Carl Sagan. But when I cannot speak for the plastic Barbie shoes in my throat it helps to sometimes say it, to voice the folly of my conceits. Right now, I do not want to be touched.

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This Is How to Unsubscribe From Email Lists

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Brian's Thoughts About Airplanes

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Songs of Innocence and Experience

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Sweetney

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Wildflowers

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Okay, Fine, Dammit

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Because amidst all this unfamiliar you cling to the things that are–the spines of your favorite books, the spines of your daughters, the spines of your best girlfriends bent over in laughter, your own spine against a bathtub wall hot with steam and tears. And in those flashes you get a glimpse of what life-giving really means, and it’s only a glimpse because maybe you’re not quite there yet, you’re not quite ready, but you’ve seen and felt enough to start to believe it’s probably true, what they say, what you’ve secretly rolled your eyes at all these years, what you’ve pitied in other alone people when you’ve heard it, this, that what really matters more than anything else, where the love really lies, the place and person that’s dependable and constant and real and good and vital, is you. You.

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