smashfizzle
Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)

One more thing about James Franco

I see a lot of people commenting about the James Franco story saying something along these lines: “Hey, it’s legal and they are two consenting adults! They’re equal! What’s the big deal!?”

Just because the law states that people above the age of 17 can bone whoever they want does not make this situation “equal.” Not only does James Franco’s age - 36 - put him in a position of power and higher status, but the fact that he is a movie star talking to a (YOUNG) fan immediately sets up a power structure that is completely uneven. 

Here is a great blog post from author Barry Lyga on boundaries/relationships with young fans. It’s worth a read.

I find it very disheartening that the news coverage of this James Franco story is that he “flirted” and “chatted” with this 17-year-old girl instead of calling him out for what it really is: being a predator. He very clearly tried to have sex with her and was well aware of her age. This is is not, as he called it, “a model of how social media is tricky,” and the media not calling him out his inappropriate behavior is really giving me all the rage today. 

I find it very disheartening that the news coverage of this James Franco story is that he “flirted” and “chatted” with this 17-year-old girl instead of calling him out for what it really is: being a predator. He very clearly tried to have sex with her and was well aware of her age. This is is not, as he called it, “a model of how social media is tricky,” and the media not calling him out his inappropriate behavior is really giving me all the rage today. 

brooklynmutt

nickoftime:

This is a great rebuttal to the NY Sports radio folks who have been criticizing NY Mets second-baseman, Daniel Murphy, who took 3 days off from the baseball season to be with his pregnant wife.  

Paternity leave is important, and these people are disgusting. Here is their Facebook page, in case you want to tell them this directly:

https://www.facebook.com/BoomerAndCarton