"Kiss her. Slowly, take your time, there’s no place you’d rather be. Kiss her but not like you’re waiting for something else, like your hands beneath her shirt or her skirt or tangled up in her bra straps. Nothing like that. Kiss her like you’ve forgotten any other mouth that your mouth has ever touched. Kiss her with a curious childish delight. Laugh into her mouth, inhale her sighs. Kiss her until she moans. Kiss her with her face in your hands. Or your hands in her hair. Or pulling her closer at the waist. Kiss her like you want to take her dancing. Like you want to spin her into an open arena and watch her look at you like you’re the brightest thing she’s ever seen. Kiss her like she’s the brightest thing you’ve ever seen. Take your time. Kiss her like the first and only piece of chocolate you’re ever going to taste. Kiss her until she forgets how to count. Kiss her stupid. Kiss her silent. Come away, ask her what 2+2 is and listen to her say your name in answer."
"It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me."
Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918), Schlafendes Paar [Sleeping Couple], 1909. Pencil on paper, 32 x 30 cm.
"Being completely broken is something that is necessary for God to change you. Yeah, it hurts a lot… But in the morning it will be so worth it. It’s something you would never sign up for, but also something you would never take back."
"The early suffragists, the women who fought for and eventually won for women the right to vote, were also characterized as unlovely, irritating women. Looking back at their struggles, we may wonder what all the fuss was about—why was there so much resistance to something that now seems so reasonable, so normal? But if we had been there at the time, would we have been distancing ourselves from them, saying things like, “I’m not one of those suffragists, but I do support women’s right to vote,” just as many people now say, “I’m not a feminist, but I do believe that women and men should be equal”?"