"You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure."-
John Berger Ways of Seeing (via spartanbitch)
This is super fucking relevant.
And why self portraits (selfies) are often such an act of self preservation and resistance.
Romantic involvement distracts you and can blind you to what’s really in front of you. And what really is in front of you? You are. You don’t even know yourself yet. You think you know and you want to assert that you do, now that you’re a certain age, but you don’t. What’s in…
"you are one lazy child, you do not want to work and it’s not because you’re afraid to fail. I thinks it because you’re afraid you’re going to succeed and then people will expect you to do well all the time and you’ll have to work all the time"-
Clair Huxtable (A Different World, Clair’s Last Stand, season 1, episode 19)
speaking to my current state of mind(via uncoveredbutterfly)