“Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.”—Eli Clare, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies” (via genderqueer)
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Retta & Ming Na: on being actors and children of immigrant parents
Retta:African parents are like that too, you guys! (wipes tears)
Ming-Na Wen:(laughs) I know, right? It's true.
Retta:I was supposed to be a neurosurgeon. Can you imagine?
Ming-Na Wen:*hugs her*
Retta:My parents are from Liberia, and Liberians are ALL about school. It's like no joke. Most of them send their kids to the States to go to school because they think that's where the best schools are, that sort of thing. And I was a math science girl, I was pre-med. I was supposed to be a neurosurgeon.
Retta:And I remember when I started doing stand up, I was like, "shit, my mother is going to be like, 'are you fucking kidding me right now?'" And I remember calling my mom and saying, "So I'm going to drive to California and do the stand up thing so I can get into TV."
Retta:And my mom-- you know she didn't freak out like I thought she was totally going to freak out--My dad freaked out. He was like, "Please get health insurance." That was his big thing, "GET HEALTH INSURANCE."
Retta:But my mom was like, "Just remember you're caring around your father's last name. So don't embarrass him." She was like, "Do the best that you can. Don't go playing. If you're going to do, do it." So I dropped my last name.
Retta:But God bless, because a lot of parents wouldn't...
Ming-Na Wen:You know, we have to talk. Because I dropped my stage last name Wen for the longest time when I did ER (Which, by the way, I got to tell my mom, "I got to be a doctor for 5 years.") because of same issues, fatherly things.
Ming-Na Wen:But now I have it back because I'm proud being who I was born as, and...We have so much to talk about, girl.
“Are you the SAT because I’d do you for 3 hours and 45 minutes with a 10 minute break halfway through for snacks, and then I can stare at you for like 10 minutes and think ‘wow, I hope I don’t ruin this.’”— Dude on OKC with the best pick up lines I have ever heard (via katamarang)