Fear is inevitable – I have to accept that - but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.
—Isabelle Allende (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
Jerry Hall by Hiro, 1975
We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.
This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.
The whole article sadly hits very close to home.
“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
A twentieth-century silver and clay Tibetan travelling amulet box; the protective deities, the 21 Taras are at the centre; the silver front is adorned with the wish-fulfilling jewel at the apex, Buddism’s Eight Auspicious Emblems at the sides and with a protective monster mask at the bottom.