A list of words I use to identify myself and that other people have used to identify me.
Swati, Swat, Swats, Swazzers, Swati-lu, Chili-chicken…(my mom)
21, not 21 yet, 21 in October, you look like you’re 14
Girl, woman, cisgendered, one of those girls
Sister, daughter, cousin, niece, friend, stranger
Chubby, round, curvy, plus-sized, fat, not big enough to be “fat”
Indian, Asian, brown, coconut
Funny, charming, polite, smart, beautiful
Boring, arrogant, rude, stupid, ugly
Straight, Queer, Bisexual, “Fake Bi”
Person, individual, human being
The “Asian accent” tells the story of Chinese-American assimilation in a nutshell. Our parents have the accent that white Americans perceive as the most foreign out of all the possible alternatives, so our choice is to have no accent at all. The accent of our parents is the accent of the grimy streets of Chinatown with its mahjong parlors and fried food stalls and counterfeit jewelry, so we work to wipe away all traces of that world from our speech so we can settle comfortably into our roles as respectable middle-class doctors, lawyers, engineers, hundreds of miles from Chinatown.
No wonder we react so viscerally to the “ching-chong, ching-chong” schoolyard taunt. To attack our language, our ability to sound “normal,” is to attack our ability to be normal. It’s to attack everything we’ve worked for.
And make no mistake about it — to sound like a “normal” American is to wield privilege. — Breaking Out The Broken English : Code Switch : NPR (via jasmined)
mom, dad, can i have a boy girl party this year for my birthday??? i’m gonna be 35 this year and idk i just think i should be allowed to now.
This is religion in a nut shell
tips to write college papers
- begin with “buckle your seatbelts, motherfuckers, because in eight short pages i am going to learn u a thing that i only learned myself about two hours ago, so sit down, shut up, and enjoy the experience of my 4-am-redbull-induced-self-hatred-fuelled-writing-extravaganza”
- erase when finished with the paper
BUT THIS ACTUALLY WORKS
MAKE SURE YOU ERASE IT THOUGH
Naomi Sims for Harper’s Bazaar, December 1968 (via)
(Source: vintagegal, via thelingerieaddict)