Afro-Dominicana. Author of Hija De Mi Madre & Odas De La Mujer De Miel. Birth Doula. Midwife in Training. Dancer. Artist. Lover. Dreamer. Warrior.
I felt no shame. Only one thought had passed through my mind when I had taken off my last piece of clothing and stood naked: I belong to myself. I was not like my mother who had to get permission of all her relatives and ancestors before making any decisions about her life.
She was ruled by ghosts and their dead words: La decencia, el sacrificio, el deber de la mujer buena, para la familia. But in the end, had all these magic formulas saved any of us from pain?
It was time to learn a new language.
-Consuelo from, Meaning of Consuelo by Judith O. Cofer
This book is a must read for all young Latinas!!
(via ynannarising)Chicana Writers
The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom…Bell Hooks (via nicholasandopolis)
(via ynannarising)through hearts shaped like kaleidoscopes.
Patriarchal culture continue to control the hearts of men precisely because it socializes males to believe that without their role as patriarchs they will have no reason for being.bell hooks, The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity & Love (via aatmma)lehaaz
And I know Fuck is a bad word, but it sounds so good.
Good, like flipping off the preacher
whenever he forgets that Eve was Adam’s teacher,
‘cause apples are fucking healthy you patriarchal piece of shit.
(via ynannarising)Lipstick Feminists
Psychologists have found that people’s belief in a just world helps explain how they react to innocent victims of negative life circumstances. People become cognitively frustrated when presented with stories of victims who suffer through little fault of their own. They can deal with this frustration in two ways: they can conclude that the world is an unjust place, or they can decide that the victim is somehow to blame. Most people reconcile their psychological distress by blaming the victim. Even when we know that suffering is undeserved, it is psychologically easier to blame the victim rather than give up the idea that the world is basically fair.~ Melissa Harris-Perry (via sociolab)Sociology 101
I’ve been laughing at the #DuragHistoryWeek tag on twitter
The lastttttttttttt oneee!!!!!
(via technicolorsideshow)Audiophile Life
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Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy’s strategy is to convince you that the war isn’t actually happening.Kat (via insanity-and-vanity)Diary of a Naïve Cynic
I’m searching for a word
to describe that overwhelming
feeling of thirst in the midst of an
but all I can think of is you.
I’ve named many bodies
of water in your name, and they
have all drowned me just the same.
Let me be clear(er). Poverty is not the reason for these numbers. Deeply entrenched, purposeful systemic racism manifesting itself in the maternal infant health system is the reason for these numbers. I watch it play out everyday. The system is indifferent to the suffering of peoples of color and implicit in our deaths.Sherry Payne
You wander aimlessly,
looking for shelter in
broken rooftops and
You will find a home
within yourself before
you find it in others.
This, I promise you.
(via afro-caribbeansistah)AESTHETIC INTROVERT
Made this poster for my room because Sierra DeMulder is a gem.
Midwives For Haiti
There are 456 more days until the Millennium Development Goals draw to a close and here are the facts:
Fact: Haiti has reduced under five mortality and maternal mortality (MDGs 4 and 5) but will fall far from global goals.
Fact: Haiti’s current workforce meets only 10% of the full reproductive health needs of Haitian women.
Fact: Midwives For Haiti is working to increase the number of skilled birth attendants because access to skilled care saves lives.
Fact: Healthy babies and healthy mothers make our heart smile.