"you are terrifying and strange and beautiful something not everyone knows how to love."

For women who are ‘difficult’ to love.

you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.

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A Black woman in her 80s wearing a t-shirt that says "I had an abortion."

I had an abortion. I also have white privilege.

I have the same shirt as 86-year-old Florence Rice in this photo. But thanks to quite a bit of privilege in my life, I don’t have the same story. Florence Rice, 86 (at the time the photo was taken), was raised in the foster care system in NYC. She saw her mother only a handful …

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Comic panels about Sally Ride from Femme Magnifique

Kickstart a comic collection about awesome women

I was excited to see the proposal for Femme Magnifique, a comic anthology with “inspirational” stories about “powerful” mostly-American women. The name was frankly a turn-off for me. I guess it’s supposed to be French but I don’t think of my self as “femme” in the typical American use of the term, and it seems kind …

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For Strong Women by Marge Piercy (1980)

A strong woman is a woman who is straining. A strong woman is a woman standing on tip toe and lifting a barbell while trying to sing Boris Godunov. A strong woman is a woman at work cleaning out the cesspool of the ages, and while she shovels, she talks about how she doesn’t mind …

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