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I would always rather be happy than dignified.

Sarah Stone, cover of “Royals”

The conversation above started when my former co-worker posted about the additional budget cuts going into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. What followed is an awesome articulation of everything that is frustrating about how some non-educators misunderstand the issues around school funding. I’m grateful to both of my co-workers (in the yellow and purple), who did a better job explaining the problem than I’ve ever been able to. 

To the Princeton Privileged Kid

Dana Williams covers Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me”

“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself.”

—   Amy Shumer at the Ms. Foundation for Women Gala (via Vulture). 

Tori Kelly covers Paramore’s “The Only Exception”

When someone tells me I have a Philly accent


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“What’s the difference between venerating women for being fuckable and putting them on a purity pedestal? In both cases, women’s worth is contingent upon their ability to please men and to shape their sexual identities around what men want.”