González (1931-2018) was a Cuban librarian who served as the National Librarian of
her native country. She was also an honorary fellow and
the Vice-President of the International Federation of Library Associations and
She studied philosophy and literature at
the University of Havana. In 1987 she became the director of José Marti
National Library, a position which she held for ten years.
Spurned advances provoked Texas school shooting, victim’s mother says:
She doesn’t owe you a date. She doesn’t owe you her body. She doesn’t owe you a chance to get to know you and get closer to you so you can make it harder for her to get away. She doesn’t owe you. She especially doesn’t owe you her life. She is a human being with the same rights as any other human being. It’s not the end of the world if she doesn’t like you back. It may be that she just isn’t looking right now… but when you harass and harass and harass her, you’re not wearing her down. You’re showing her she was right to say no. Learn empathy. Learn that no one owes you anything. Learn that your wants don’t mean more than a human being’s (or human beings’) life. Stop killing people because if you’re this frustrated and think this is the way out, you’re only going to end up dead or in jail. There’s so much more world out there. Teenage years suck but they don’t last forever. Death does. Time in prison for manslaughter does…. Stop thinking you’re the only person who knows how it feels to be rejected and look around at the humans going through just as much shit as you…. and aren’t killing because of it.
I keep seeing tweets like “okay so america is a dystopian novel now wheres the 16 year old girl to save us” and other condescending shit like that and i just….
where are the girls who are saving us you ask?
oh i don’t know, they are at the Oceti Sakowin camp fighting for the right to clean water and treaty rights. They are protecting their land and water against heavily militarized police forces.
They are and have been at many Black Lives Matter protests. Girls have fought against police brutality in black communities. Women, in fact, are among the top leaders of that movement.
They are the muslim girls who continue to fearlessly wear their hijabs in public despite rampant islamophobia.
And there were plenty of teenage girls at the women’s marches across the country.
So while a single Katniss Everdeen figure has yet to emerge, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t exist. Because young women are protesting every day. They are the Katnisses and the Laia of Serras and the Aelins and the Mare Barrows and the Nehemia Ytgers and the Lihn Cinders that you’ve all read about. These girls exist.
Realize that the fallacy of most dystopians, and many books, is that they often presents a single cohesive narrative of revolt and change. And in our huge, wide world, that is not how change works. But the books themselves are not incorrect in assuming that young women will be the arbiters of change. They are spot fucking on.
Thank you for this.
Right in front of your nose as usual and you didn’t even see them, did you?