(borrowed images via tumblr)
“When I love, it happens almost all at once.
It is inconsiderate, unrefined—
a child screeching in a supermarket.
It is a thunder clap.
It is a small village blackout.
It is Aphrodite rising from the sea foam, fully formed.”
— Salma Deera, The Graceless Matter of Loving
“We teach girls shame. ‘Close your legs!’ ‘Cover yourself!’ We make them feel as though by being born female, they are already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up—and this is the worst thing we do to girls—they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form. ”
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I wanted to quote something a friend said to me once on being youthful. Paraphrasing, he said “I am attracted to youthfulness, not age. It’s just that for many people youthfulness is easy to see in the young. But in fact, anyone can have youthfulness no matter their age. I met an elderly lady once who checked me in at my hotel, she would have been in her 60’s or 70’s but she had so much youthfulness and that was incredibly attractive.”
“Here’s to strong women,
May we know them. May we be them, May we raise them.”
In Paris with Roxanne.