A man came to our class once,
he claimed to be a fair judge
with daughters he loved.
He asked a question to the class:
“When should a minor be tried
as an adult?”
and students began raising their hand
he wrote it up on the board.
he wrote it up on the board.
I said, “Rape”
and he paused, he asked
“You mean violent rape?”
“no I mean rape.
It is all the same.”
he looked to a boy
who said “rape only if
he used a weapon and
and I said, “rape is rape,
whether his weapon is a knife,
drugs, or guilt. She said no.”
he shook his head,
“Violent rape” on the board
I never understood,
because you can kill somebody
quietly and peacefully with drugs,
or with guns and knives or cars;
but nobody cares if the murder was “violent”
it was still murder.
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"I have never understood why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had, to have this path in life and why across the world, there is a woman just like me, with the same abilities and the same desires and the same work ethic and love for her family, only she sits in a refugee camp … I don’t know why this is my life and that’s hers. I don’t understand that but I will do as my mother asked, and I will do the best I can with this life, to be of use.”
"I have this weird obsession about buying books and looking at them with a smile, even if I won’t read them soon. At least they are mine now."
"God doesn’t wait for a person to be pure and unblemished before He redeems them."
"What you allow, is what will continue."
"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
"I’m not worried about little girls wanting to pretend they’re princesses—after all, they’re just in it for the dress-up aspect. The princesses I’m worried about are twenty-two, thirty-two, and forty-two—women who act fragile in order to be rescued at any age. I’m not anti feminine… I don’t feel belittled pouring your drink, ironing the clothes, or walking through the door that’s held for me. But I was taught to take charge when appropriate, and to speak passionately and intelligently. I was taught to expect men to respect me for my mind and my convictions—not for my ability to stroke their fragile ego by playing helpless. I was not raised to play cute, to play dumb, or to play the part of a damsel in distress. I learned to work hard, to develop my skills, to contribute in society, so it drives me crazy when women only depend on sexuality or their fragility. I think there’s a better way. If you’re a woman who gets by with batting your eyelashes, faking incompetence, using your push-up bra, and then complain that you’re not taken seriously in your career or given responsibility in your church, I think you may have believed the reigning cultural lie about what makes us attractive. And if you’re a man and you celebrate femininity only as far as it presence itself through beauty and tenderness, please consider widening your view of what it means to be a woman. Instead, consider things like strength, intelligence, passion, and compassion. Let’s set a new example for young women who are watching us closely. Let’s teach them by example to be women who work hard, who pay attention to their dreams, who give themselves to making the world a better place."
"Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library."
"There’s no point to a guy yelling, “Hey sexy baby” at me out of the passenger window of a car as it speeds past. Even if I was into creepy misogynists and wanted to give him my number, I couldn’t. The car didn’t even slow down. But that’s okay, because he wasn’t actually hitting on me. The point wasn’t to proposition me or chat me up. The only point was to remind me, and all women, that our bodies are his to stare at, assess, comment on, even touch. “Hey sexy baby” is the first part of a sentence that finishes, “this is your daily message from the patriarchy, reminding you that your body is public property”."
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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend the rest of its life thinking it’s an idiot.” -Albert Einstein
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"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."
"For me, the most important thing is to work hard and to be honest. I know it sounds corny, but I really believe that. You know Polonius’s advice to Laertes, right? ‘This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.’"
"Has there been a time when you were not true to yourself?"
"When I was a teenager I tried to fit other people’s expectations. But now, what you see is my true self. I can be dressed in fancy or everyday clothes, but when you talk to me you will realize that this is who I really am. And I like to surround myself with people who are ambitious and work hard."
"You strike me as either an artist or a teacher."
"I was an educator. I prefer this term."
"What is your approach to education?"
"If I ask a student a question and they give me an answer I may not have expected, I would ask, ‘Was there something in what I said that made you think of this?’ And then they would tell me something that I learn from."
"You know, everything you said was beautiful or made me think of something."
"What did it make you think of?"
"Well, when you were talking about being honest, I remembered how, especially in the beginning, I often wondered if the issues and stories I’m most interested in, and the way I want to present them, would be popular with more than just a few people. But I’ve found that when I’m truest to myself, people respond most beautifully."