Alexander McQueen (via bthny)
Sorry my blorg is so wordy today, but this quote is killing me. Thank you, Lee, for explicating exactly my problem with every wispy, soft-focus, skinny white girl in a field blog and editorial. Naivete is easy to love because it gives everything and asks nothing in return, but why would you want to be the person who asks nothing? This dire selflessness of love is a plot device, a notion fit for sad Victorian consumptives, not for real full human people with needs and desires and agency of our own.
Let’s not collaborate in making ourselves the perfect, needless, quasi-love object for emotionally stunted malaise addicts and wound-lickers who wouldn’t know an equal if it knocked them on their asses. Let’s be real and present and strong and brave, and ever watchful for the person who sees this in us, like the ancient Persian astronomers who divined heroes and warriors in the din of the night sky, and who, finally, can love us for it.
#twee is counterrevolutionary
;_________________________________; to the commentary. manifesto/fighting words. i need that tattooed on my forehead.
As someone whose first language (and second) isn’t English, I thought for the longest time that I wasn’t a good writer because I just couldn’t get a perfect grasp of English grammar. It’s really hard! There’s a ton of exceptions and I have about 4 other syntax families floating around in my head. For many foreign-born, they will never achieve the same level of grammar competency as native-born English speakers. A lot of us are very self-conscious about this and can be afraid to express ourselves in writing/not reach our full potential because of syntactical inhibitions. I read a great article about syntax as a means of oppression a while back, and in a way, when its usage extends from clarity into militaristic application and mockery, it oppresses and negates the point of the writing: “If you can’t write in perfect English, then you don’t deserve to be heard.”
100% agreed with the above, though I’ve always personally wished I had better grammar, just so that when I broke the rules I could do it with more deliberation and to greater effect.