“I think the thing lacking in feminism is that women are making decisions for other women,” she said. “If the patriarchy is about men making decisions for women and taking away their agency, why do some feminists want to control other women’s decisions?”— Lauren (Pseudonym), Portrait of a Porn Star [At Duke University]
“The people who say that [blogging is “dead”] are idiots. Blogging was never alive. It’s the people that matter. There will always be a small number who are what I call “natural born bloggers.” They were blogging before there were blogs, they just didn’t know what it was called. Julia Child was a blogger as was Benjamin Franklin and Patti Smith.”—
“I had no choice did I? I’m a woman. Women are obliged to be far more skillful than men. You can ruin our reputation and our life with a few well-chosen words. So, of course I had to invent not only myself, but ways of escape that no one has ever thought of before. And I’ve succeeded because I’ve always known I was born to dominate your sex and avenge my own.”—Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil, Les Liasons Dangereuse
“If you Google “female careerism,” you get a bunch of links, but if you Google “male careerism”, Google asks if you really meant “male careers” or even “mahle careers.” “Careerism”—the pathological need to have paid employment—is an affliction that only affects women, apparently.”—Amanda Marcotte
“As a venture capitalist, people often ask me why big companies have trouble innovating while small companies seem to be able to do it so easily. My answer is generally unexpected. Big companies have plenty of great ideas, but they do not innovate because they need a whole hierarchy of people to agree that a new idea is good in order to pursue it. If one smart person figures out something wrong with an idea — often to show off or to consolidate power — that’s usually enough to kill it.”—Ben Horowitz, on Can Do vs. Can’t Do Culture
"The story goes that these locusts were once men, before the birth of the Muses, and when the Muses were born and song appeared, some of the men were so overcome with delight ] that they sang and sang, forgetting food and drink, until at last unconsciously they died. From them the locust tribe afterwards arose, and they have this gift from the Muses, that from the time of their birth they need no sustenance, but sing continually, without food or drink, until they die, when they go to the Muses and report who honors each of them on earth." -Plato, in Phaedrus
If there’s already 54 Million images on Instagram tagged #Selfie, that would make the percentage shown on this blog .000038% of #Selfies. If I wanted to be generous and assumed that all of the images tagged #funeral were also #selfies, that would still bring the overall percentage of selfies at funerals to a whopping .38%.
“Monopathy, or over-specialisation, eventually retreats into defending what one has learnt rather than making new connections. The initial spurt of learning gives out, and the expert is left, like an animal, merely defending his territory.”—Robert Twigger, Master of Many Trades
“The Internet is where we live. It’s not a place we go to anymore; it’s a layer over everything. I live in and for screens.”— Sarah Nicole Prickett, on founding Adult, "a new magazine “of contemporary erotics and experience”
“Successful entrepreneurs achieve hero status in our culture. We idolize the Mark Zuckerbergs and the Elon Musks. And we celebrate the blazingly fast growth of the Inc. 500 companies. But many of those entrepreneurs, harbor secret demons: Before they made it big, they struggled through moments of near-debilitating anxiety and despair—times when it seemed everything might crumble.”—
People I work with always presume that I will strike it out on my own and start my own thing. I often feel that they don’t realize the stakes that come with that.
“I don’t think white people know how much effort in my day is put into making them feel comfortable. In general, people don’t know how much of my time is dedicated to making them feel comfortable.Maybe it has to do with being older, but I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I don’t want to make people comfortable all the time. Plus, we just feel like we’re going to die soon.”—Donald Glover, Fear and Trembling