rejecting compulsory girlhood

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I’m gathering up all the wisdom I can find and a few shiny things that could come in handy just in case.

Mostly, I don’t want you to think you are alone.

We are taught to recognize love by the pain it brings.

Love isn’t meant to hurt.

I will grieve every man I ever loved,

she said.

Except one.

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To be a woman means rejecting compulsory eternal girlhood.

When beauty is defined as small, wide-eyed, red-lipped, high-voiced, and passive, that is compulsory girlhood.

To be a woman — full-grown and embodied — is powerful, transgressive and subversive.

If you want to change the world …

Be willing to risk Not Being Beautiful in exchange for becoming Whole.

on happiness and beauty
rejecting beauty

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