Belle (2013) dir. Amma Asante

I don’t think you guys know just how powerful this scene was. Literally when I was in the audience I could just see a lot of the women of color affected by this scene. A lot of us have gone through this self denial and self hate through the effects of white beauty standards and beliefs forced down our throats.This was the first time I had ever seen something that I had personally felt before portrayed on the screen and it put tears in my eyes.  If you haven’t seen this movie, go see it. It’s out on dvd/bluray/streaming

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I love how people will tell you that your mental illness is not a real thing yet simultaneously are the expert on why it is 100% your fault and exactly what you need to do to cure it overnight.

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"I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead."
- Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (via quotes-shape-us)

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I think people really need to be educated on the basic definitions of all these terms and the fact that yes they can overlap but not always: introversion, shyness, autism, asperger’s, avpd, social anxiety, phobia of public speaking, agoraphobia, etc. Someone can be shy around certain people but be comfortable in most other social situations. Another person can be an introvert but not be nervous ever. Someone can be an obnoxious extrovert who can’t handle public speaking… it’s not all one big “not socially normal” box.

introversion shyness autism asperger's avpd social anxiety public speaking phobia agoraphobia social awkwardness justanothersadwhitegirl



When you’re teaching vulnerable kids social skills, it’s important to tell the truth.

They need skills for living in the world as it is, not as you would like it to be.

For instance: If you teach them to walk away from bullies, you have to tell them that sometimes bullies will follow them.