Peyton - 18 - Richmond, Virginia. BFA Musical Theatre student at Catawba College, child's pose enthusiast, and yet another teenage girl in thrift store clothing who thinks she's high class because of her Gossip Girl habit.
"Human beings took our animal need for palatable food … and turned it into chocolate souffles with salted caramel cream. We took our ability to co-operate as a social species … and turned it into craft circles and bowling leagues and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We took our capacity to make and use tools … and turned it into the Apollo moon landing. We took our uniquely precise ability to communicate through language … and turned it into King Lear.
None of these things are necessary for survival and reproduction. That is exactly what makes them so splendid. When we take our basic evolutionary wiring and transform it into something far beyond any prosaic matters of survival and reproduction … that’s when humanity is at its best. That’s when we show ourselves to be capable of creating meaning and joy, for ourselves and for one another. That’s when we’re most uniquely human.
And the same is true for sex. Human beings have a deep, hard-wired urge to replicate our DNA, instilled in us by millions of years of evolution. And we’ve turned it into an intense and delightful form of communication, intimacy, creativity, community, personal expression, transcendence, joy, pleasure, and love. Regardless of whether any DNA gets replicated in the process.
Why should we see this as sinful? What makes this any different from chocolate souffles and King Lear?"
Sadly, those who find our sexuality to be “sinful” also find our other creative endeavors to be sinful as well. Those who go after those of us who are LGBT are the first ones to ban books, boycott shows, etc.
"Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living."
“JUN 19 1968 Pickets In Broadway Theater Strike — Sign-carrying showgirls picketing in New York’s Shubert Alley between West 44th and 45th streets today, walk past posters of some Broadway shows affected by strike of Actors Equity. At left is Sherri “Peaches” Brewer who plays in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway. At right is Caryl Hinchee who is in the musical’s road show company in Lambertville, N.J. 1968 Credit: AP Wirephoto”
"What I remember most about emotional abuse is that it’s like being put in a box. How you end up in there is the biggest trick – I never managed to work that one out. Maybe you think it’s a treasure box at first: you’re in there because you’re special. Soon the box starts to shrink. Every time you touch the edges there is an “argument”. So you try to make yourself fit. You curl up, become smaller, quieter, remove the excessive, offensive parts of your personality – you begin to notice lots of these. You eliminate people and interests, change your behaviour. But still the box gets smaller. You think it’s your fault. The terrible, unforgivable too-muchness of you is to blame. You don’t realise that the box is shrinking, or who is making it smaller. You don’t yet understand that you will never, ever be tiny enough to fit, or silent enough to avoid a row"
Here are the disturbing unheard stories happening behind closed doors, other YouTube offenders to watch out for, and what we can do about it.
Laci is a pioneer, a trailblazer, a hero. This means that she is moving forward before many of us realize that there is action to take. She’s the kind of leader I clap for then get up and follow, not as a sheep but as a my own hero decreasing worldsuck.
Today one of my local radio stations played a prank call recording that included a woman being called a “*bleep, bleep* hooker.” This is unethical in many ways. One being, it is harassment. I felt sick to my stomach, changed the station, and then asked them to stop harming community and make awesome decisions.