A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.
Ian McEwan, Atonement (via pikeys)
The following day, I attended a workshop about preventing gender violence, facilitated by Katz. There, he posed a question to all of the men in the room: “Men, what things do you do to protect yourself from being raped or sexually assaulted?”
Not one man, including myself, could quickly answer the question. Finally, one man raised his hand and said, “Nothing.” Then Katz asked the women, “What things do you do to protect yourself from being raped or sexually assaulted?” Nearly all of the women in the room raised their hand. One by one, each woman testified:
"I don’t make eye contact with men when I walk down the street," said one. "I don’t put my drink down at parties," said another. "I use the buddy system when I go to parties." "I cross the street when I see a group of guys walking in my direction." "I use my keys as a potential weapon." "I carry mace or pepper spray." "I watch what I wear."
The women went on for several minutes, until their side of the blackboard was completely filled with responses. The men’s side of the blackboard was blank. I was stunned. I had never heard a group of women say these things before. I thought about all of the women in my life — including my mother, sister and girlfriend — and realized that I had a lot to learn about gender.
There is no solace above or below. Only us - small, solitary, striving, battling one another. I pray to myself, for myself.
Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) - House of Cards (via coolbluereason)
Choosing money over power is a mistake almost everyone makes. Money is the big mansion in Saratoga that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is that old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who does not see the difference.
Frank Underwood, House of Cards (via la—vie—est—une—fete)