The 339th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Jean-Paul Sartre
This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by actively moving toward love and acceptance, a call for honesty and compassion, refusing female body shame, saying no, time and courage, the vagaries of consent, digital decluttering to heal wounds, and Jean-Paul Sartre:
I want you to know there is never a right time to threaten the narrative of normal. But it is necessary. And the world has always been ready for love and compassion. You will find it.
Please don't say policies that hurt gay families are in place to protect their children.
It’s time for all parents, but especially dads, to stop treating topics like menstruation and puberty like it is handling a contagious disease.
Don’t react, one of their female followers told me, if they sense a weakness they will shred you.
Well, here is my weakness: I’m alive and I’m a person. I don’t like when assholes tell me to smile, I don’t like being told to be quiet and I don’t like having to turn the other cheek because strangers on the internet could doxx me or light me up all day long because they don’t like big mean feminists.
I never write about The Now, but the last few months have been something. I like to put distance between a happening and an uncoiling of my thoughts, but some things burn. I am burning.
My mother taught me to say no! loudly, firmly, to protect myself from strangers who might hurt me in obvious ways.
But a woman is not a child, and the world is subtle. Nobody teaches us to say, maybe. To say, I’m not sure. Please wait. On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t. On second thought, I don’t want this. I’m not ready.
Holding on to painful memories that don't serve us is masochistic. It welcomes unnecessary grief and stunts the healing and growing process. Time heals wounds, but only if we leave them alone.
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