Brittany Simon

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Losing My Voice.


The phrase “words to live by” gets thrown around often these days, but these are absolutely words to live by.

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Isaac W. Sprague, The Living Skeleton:

Isaac Sprague, born in 1841 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, was famously known as the Living Skeleton. He was a normal kid until age 12, when he started to lose weight. By age 44, he was 5’6” and weighed only 43 lbs. Sprague was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome. He ate as much as two normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint. He married twice and had 3 average sized sons. Sprague died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24

If this guy can find love then so can you!


I can’t overstate the importance of this movie, and specifically this exchange.

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oh hiccup you are so wrong

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Asker sofianj Asks:
Oh, so we don't need women's prisons? Just close them and assume women are peaceful beings. Even the ones that are accused of homicide or starting violence against other humans, young and old.
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

We do need prison for humans in general. 

It’s an overall concept. Women OVERALL are not considered as violent but that has to do with how we’re conditioned. 

Men are conditioned to be violent and destructive. 

Females create life. Males end it.
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
if men are so evil and everything is our fault. why did you fall in love with one.
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

Men are not evil and everything is not their fault. 

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If men’s kindnesses toward women were really only kindnesses, a man would be pleased if another man or woman offered these kindnesses to him. He would be pleased if another man or woman lit his cigarette or pulled out his chair for him. He would be pleased to derive his income, prestige, power and even his identity from his partner. He would take pride in another man’s or woman’s offer to walk him to his car at night. But in fact, “one of the very nasty things that can happen to a man is his being treated or seen as a woman, or womanlike.
(Frye 1983, p. 136).”

Dee L.R. Graham (1995), Loving to Survive

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Asker vavassor Asks:
sorry, I shouldn't have been prejudiced.
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

Thank you. 

I just linked to one of your posts about the John Greenification of the Times bestseller list as part of my response to a question on the topic in my Reddit IAMA (tumblr won't let me post a link in this Ask box - sorry!) If you search the Reddit for the newest post, it should pop right up. Would love your thoughts on this!
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:



I’m answering this publicly because I love this really thoughtful response about the “John Greenification” of YA which came up as part of Laurie Halse Anderson’s excellent AMA over at Reddit

My thoughts on this mirror Laurie’s: I think that John Green is being called out not because he’s John Green (as I noted in the response she linked, I have no disrespect for Green nor his work in the least and I do think he’s a feminist and that he is trying to be the best member of the YA community that he can be). He’s being called out because he’s what privilege looks like in our society — it’s white, heterosexual, and male. Those are not the whole of him, but they are the parts that give him a tremendous advantage in the world. I do not for one second believe he takes advantage of them. I do, however, believe he has significant advantages because of them. 

This, as Laurie points out, becomes evident when you look at how he’s portrayed in the media. He’s “saving” YA. He’s leading a “revolution” in realistic fiction and in realistic fiction being put onto the big screen. He’s held on this pedestal of what YA should strive to be. This isn’t just the mainstream media though. He is being used as a marketing tool in a ton of recently released or forthcoming YA titles, even when it makes no sense why there’s a comparison. Instead of being a useful thing — “readers who like John Green might like x-book, too” — it’s become a means of reducing YA fiction to one thing. It’s reduced YA fiction into “good” and “bad,” rather than a spectrum where books can fall anywhere along the line. Or where a book’s merit and value are with the reader his or her self. 

John Green writes good books. He has a loyal fan base. This is GREAT stuff. 

But it’s not the only stuff out there. 

What Laurie proposes is exactly what I hope comes of this on-going conversation. We need to keep talking about other books. We need to keep speaking up on behalf of long-time authors who deserve the recognition they don’t see as much as they should. We need to keep talking about the books written by new authors. 

We especially need to keep talking up books written by people of color, people who aren’t straight, people who don’t identify with those things which are so readily seen and promoted. It’s our job to do that. 

And while I think John Green tries — he has done videos highlighting tons of under appreciated titles — the thing about being in a place of privilege is that you can’t always step back far enough to see where and how your voice is being used. I think this is especially true for someone like Green who is likable, good hearted, and DOESN’T intend to do any harm or cause any problems. A lot of what he sees as success he earned by hard work. 

The problem is that so many other people have worked as hard — if not harder — and their work never gets that same attention or praise. 

Laurie’s Speak was the 75th highest selling children’s backlist title last year, according to Publishers Weekly. Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More sold over 100,000 copies as a front list hardcover book. If you look at those numbers and the numbers of other titles that appeared on the NYT YA list, there are discrepancies I can’t figure out because the NYT’s system is a broken one. But it’s one I refer to again and again because it’s the quickest indicator of quality to the general reading public (and even the general non-reading public). And I think it’s such a great thing to look at because it shows you precisely what the problem with such a system is — it’s a reflection of our own social systems. It’s primarily white men who dominate in the arena of “main stream” fiction. It’s primarily white men who are seen as “the best” and who continue to make sales and be recognized quickly and easily. It’s primarily white men who, because of this system, continue to benefit from more money, more marketing, and more opportunities that simply are not afforded to others. 

It’s not their fault; it’s our fault.

We can help change these things though. And we do that by pointing these things out, by not finding it necessarily to apologize for pointing these things out, and by using our voices to keep talking about the things we love that deserve more attention. We keep conversations going and flowing. We don’t — and we can’t — shut them down. 

Omg everyone read all of this right meow.

I love you Laurie Halse Anderson!



This is Kandi and Prince they have a daughter named Brooklyn. They are a lesbian couple with an artificially inseminated daughter. DEAL WITH IT! I fucking love them!

What a beautiful family. :3

Asker vavassor Asks:
Your icon and your profile pic clearly show what you look like, so she didn't have to assume anything? Going to someone who is clearly already at the end of their patience, bothering them, and then getting angry responses and calling that "the worst kind of selfish" and that she "doesn’t give a shit about anyone who is different than her" seems perhaps a bit unfair?
brittanysimon brittanysimon Said:

Judging me based on what I look like is all kinds of racist. I’m 100% Middle Eastern. 

Shame on all those who judge to that extreme based on looks…as to your second post:

"Also, going out of your way to say how you weren’t going to say the name of the person and then going and reblogging them is pretty contradictory."

I was waiting for her response before I shared her name. I can’t support/reblog or follow someone who promotes hate the way she does. You can’t fight racism while being a racist. It doesn’t make sense. 

I hope she finds peace and happiness in life.