Who knows what she would do?

"What if she doesn't worry about her body and eats enough for all the growing she has to do? She might rip her stockings and slam-dance on a forged ID to the Pogues, and walk home barefoot, holding her shoes, alone at dawn; she might baby-sit in a battered-women's shelter one night a month; she might skateboard down Lombard Street with its seven hairpin turns, or fall in love with her best friend and do something about it, or lose herself for hours gazing into test tubes with her hair a mess, or  climb a promontory with the girls and get drunk at the top, or sit down when the Pledge of Allegiance says stand, or hop a freight train, or take lovers without telling her last name, or run away to sea. She might revel in all the freedoms that seem so trivial to those who could take them for granted; she might dream seriously the dreams that seem so obvious to those who grew up with them really available. Who knows what she would do? Who knows what it would feel like?"

- Naomi Wolf
in The Beauty Myth

The details will be your own, but the joy and defiant freedom that I wish for us are exactly as voracious as this.


Erin 9/11/2010 1:30 PM  

this is brilliant and inspiring!

pinkapplecore 9/11/2010 4:23 PM  

all the things one can do...

odessa 9/12/2010 12:12 PM  

ooh, i love love love this!!! thanks for sharing.

Holly 9/12/2010 1:32 PM  

odessa - but of COURSE; it's one of my favorites. :)

Afthi 9/15/2010 3:29 AM  

She would eat chocolate because it's the perfect snack, wake up in the morning and show the world what she dreamed, and do much much more of the many things that make her breathe easier, with eyes that sparkle.

Holly 9/15/2010 7:30 PM  

Afthi - :D Thank you.

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