Junot Diaz on Men Who Write About Women
The Atlantic: It sounds like you're saying that literary "talent" doesn't inoculate a writer—especially a male writer—from making gross, false misjudgments about gender. You'd think being a great writer would give you empathy and the ability to understand people who are unlike you—whether we're talking about gender or another category. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
Junot Diaz: I think that unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. Without fail. The only way not to do them is to admit to yourself [that] you're fucked up, admit to yourself that you're not good at this shit, and to be conscious in the way that you create these characters. It's so funny what people call inspiration. I have so many young writers who're like, "Well I was inspired. This was my story." And I'm like, "OK. Sir, your inspiration for your stories is like every other male's inspiration for their stories: that the female is only in there to provide sexual service." There comes a time when this mythical inspiration is exposed for doing exactly what it's truthfully doing: to underscore and reinforce cultural structures, or I'd say, cultural asymmetry.
Eat Pray Love
Me: I just spent almost two and a half hours watchin dat bitch eating and whining
Serena: To think that you could've watched me do that instead
a couple months ago after applying for secretary of uf’s wsa [women’s student association] i found out that i would be accepted onto e-board as vice-president. a couple days ago i got a call from peaceful paths [a non-profit focused on domestic violence prevention] offering me an internship for fall 2013 to help teach school-age youth the importance/meaning of healthy relationships....
just spent like half an hour looking through themes and i chose the most boring one. i need to know how to code things i was better at this in my myspace times
i don’t get why you would want to be an asshole every time you want to be politically correct or inclusive. you should be able to correct somebody and educate them without being a complete jerk about it—it’s super important to be able to teach everyone to be culturally sensitive and informed but making them feel stupid is probably not going to make them want to take what...
I get not fetishizing other cultures—[on a related note my friend once told me that he knew someone who wanted to be so politically correct that they wanted to sleep with someone of every race which uh you’re dumb you’re doing “politically correct” wrong and you’re objectifying those people for their race/culture]—but can’t people like simply have...
this one girl i had never met before randomly came up to me and told me that i looked exactly like the girl from lovetaza.com and it’s like eerily accurate and that makes me happy also someone else told me that me & my boyfriend reminded them of jim and pam from the office…i also really liked that
actors that should shouldn’t be allowed because they’re just too dang sexy include: jon hamm jon hamm jon hamm jon hamm’s ham eddie redmayne jake gyllenhaal jon hamm ryan gosling & oh jon hamm
watching Vegucated on Netflix and it makes me sad and feel bad and want to be vegan what if i actually did that i’m going to try and i don’t care what you say especially if it’s “meat is so yummy tho” or “what about protein and iron” because fuck u
handgunsx: perks of not having a thigh gap: when food drops on your lap, you can catch it
edwad: long distance relationships aren’t so bad if ur dick is long enough 2 reach ur girl hahaha swag
hemlock grove is REALLY terrible like absolutely terrible how is this even allowed
nightlifemingus: Taylor Swift has dated 14 boys in the last 4 years. If not for the sheer number of boys, this might be unremarkable. But dear reader, look closer: what is 14 divided by 4? 3 and a half. Every year, Taylor Swift dates 3 and a half boys. Where are the other halves, Taylor? It just doesn’t add up.
THIS SUMMER IS GOING TO BE THE BEST HERE ARE THE REASONS BONNAROO 2013 [THIS TIME WITH BOYFRIEND] KEY WEST [OR EQUIVALENT] ROUND II BEST FRIEND’S BEACH APARTMENT GVILLE FRIENDS COMING UP FOR BIRTHDAY; EXCUSE TO GO TO BEACH POSSIBILITY OF LAKE HOUSE TRIP & MOM AND DAD’S SEPARATE VACATION POSSIBILITIES
Saira K.: wondermaid: don’t give young boys props... →
grrrl-riot: wondermaid: don’t give young boys props for “being persistent” with girls. it’s not a good thing. at best it’s annoying and at worst, harassment. when a girl doesn’t want to talk to you, it’s not a challenge. you’re not supposed to “chase” her. you’re supposed to leave her alone. Omg this… At college so many guys, despite me telling them repeatedly that I had a...
i just rediscovered my attraction for jake gyllenhaal—the real reason i dislike taylor swift is because she dated him and i didn’t [fyi ale]
okay it’s may so everyone can stop using the same meme they’ve been reposting for the past two weeks i get it
wow talk about ethnocentrism—buying some earrings off of etsy and when i click on the scroll down bar for country i’m thinkin’ uh why isn’t the us located at the top for my convenience sheesh…i need to work on things