“ I’m definitely pro-selfie. I think that anybody who’s anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you. I could Google image search ‘the sky’ and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can’t Google, you know, ‘What does my friend look like today?’ For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world – I think that’s a great thing. ”
Jane Austen speaks to me like no one else.
Anonymous asked: hey maren. im stil not sure about the whole cultural appropriation thingy. so a white person is not allowed to embrace other cultures without being looked upon as bad?? what if they just want to represent their love for that certain culture ?? im srry i seriously dont get it -_-
the thing is it’s not expressing love or appreciation of a certain culture like let’s be real here 9 times outta 10 a white girl is wearing a bindi/calavera facepaint/etc not because she’s “appreciating the culture” but because she thinks it looks good on her like if you appreciate the culture you would read up on it and realize what your wearing is sacred or for special holidays/celebrations/religious purposes like I’m not saying u personally are like this but like there’s thousands of ways of appreciating other ppl’s culture besides adorning your body w/ their cultural clothing like c’mon read some cool books listen to ppl talk about their culture look at art look at film
Wherein Maren continues to be the coolest lady around. xoAA.
“ He made me think of all the books I hadn’t read, and all the ones I’d read but hadn’t fully understood. ”
Tom Perrotta, Joe College
“ It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. ”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“ People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like: ‘be realistic.’ ”
“ When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book ”
“ Animals don’t behave like men,’ he said. ‘If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don’t sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures’ lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality. ”
Watership Down, Richard Adams (via deotroslados)
“ The best way to dehumanize someone while claiming you’re not is to believe you are just the same. You erase their experiences and perspective, their struggles and obstacles, their unique way of having to deal with those things in a world that also erases them. With the words, ‘but humans are humans’ or the bullshit dramatics of ‘we all bleed red’ normal people can simply pretend that if we all did things the way they did, then everything would work out okay. But, yes, we all bleed red but you don’t treat a papercut the same way you treat a gash, you don’t treat an infected wound the same way you treat one that isn’t, you don’t treat a wound to the leg the same way you treat a wound to the gut. You are not acknowledging someone’s personhood when you ignore the very things that make their lives different than yours, and when you refuse to understand that their circumstances have given them their own perspective that is just as valid as yours. More valid in fact – their perspective about their experiences that you haven’t been through is far more valid than anything you could ever think about it. ”