“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”—Banksy (via unsilentdeath, zaschell) (via fleetinghopes) (via allinyourrows) (via astrals) (via queercore)
How do I know that I still need to work to make schools safer for all kids? Because I am still afraid of entering a high school, to this day, even now, even for something like this.
My nerves quickly disappeared when I walked into the gym and saw the 16-year-old pretty boy with the Mohawk and the eyeliner who was setting up the mics. Not to mention the awesome kickass young woman behind the soundboard, whose nametag read Darth Vader, and her sidekick, dubbed Stormtrooper, of course.
Our next generation. I love them all, just on principle, and feel fiercely, almost irrationally protective of them.
The fact that so many of us, queer or fat or nerdy or smart or slow or brown or from somewhere that is not here, still can’t imagine school without the accompanying torment or hassle or trauma is a sign to me of just how much work we still need to do in our schools for all kids, not just the queer ones.
They said the It Gets Better videos did make them feel a bit more hopeful, and they are free and accessible to anyone with internet access, which is cool and all, but they were looking for something a little more immediate. A little more fast-acting than just believing that once high school is over, things will improve.
They wanted coping skills for right now. They wanted to organize gay-straight alliances. They were there to strategize, not just to wait it out until they could move out, get their own homo-friendly pad and go to university in the big city, where all the adults were assuring them it would get better.
“I feel like comic books are our, kind of, mythology, like a modern kind of Greek mythology, and I kind of equate the themes, and I think a lot of people would agree, that the themes that Stan Lee was writing about in his comics are the same things you’ll find in Shakespeare or in Aeschylus, or in this, um, tragedies, in these Greek tragedies, so I feel all of the same human themes are in there and it’s just under a different kind of guise.”—Andrew Garfield (via davyjonessays)
“Friends are all souls that we’ve known in other lives. We’re drawn to each other. That’s how I feel about friends. Even if I’ve only known them for a day, it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to wait till I’ve known them two years, because anyway we have met somewhere before, you know.”—George Harrison (via goldenslumbers-)