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Book cover for Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose
I’m blindfolded and lying on an antique gynecological exam table, my feet corralled in the menacing chill of wrought-iron stirrups. I’m tied down to the table at the neck and under my breasts. Straining against these ropes makes me feel ...more
Casey McQuiston
“August can feel her face glowing red to match the scarf, like a giant, stammering, bisexual chameleon. An evolutionary mistake.”
Casey McQuiston, One Last Stop

Casey McQuiston
“Truth is, when you spend your whole life alone, it’s incredibly appealing to move somewhere big enough to get lost in, where being alone looks like a choice.”
Casey McQuiston, One Last Stop

Alain de Botton
“Few in this world are ever simply nasty; those who hurt us are themselves in pain. The appropriate response is hence never cynicism nor aggression but, at the rare moments one can manage it, always love.”
Alain de Botton, The Course of Love
tags: love, pain

“Some say that it was hard to keep going while annihilation crept around the doorstep. But not you. You found it easier to soak yourself in the balm of denial and continue the machinations of what life has always been for you: chopping wood, fetching water, making soup, making babies, losing sleep, starting fires, complaining, getting drunk, normal human shit.”
Leigh Cowart, Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose

S. Bear Bergman
“There are more locations than girl and boy, man and woman. Decamping from one does not have to mean climbing into another. There’s plenty of space in between, or beyond the bounds, or all along and across the plane or sphere or whatever of gender, and it is entirely okay to say, “I do not like being a girl, and so I shall be a boy.” But it must also be okay to say, “I do not like being a girl, so I shall set about changing what it means to be a girl,” and, yes, okay to say, “I do not like being a girl, and so I shan’t.”
S. Bear Bergman, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You
tags: gender

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