7 months ago - October 15, 2012
"[TW: rape] My past haunted me still, but it came to me in strange ways. I am surprised by how much sex I have had in my life that I didn’t want to have. Not exactly what’s considered “real” rape, or “date” rape, like my first time, although it is kind of rape of the spirit-dishonest portrayal or distortion of my own desire in order to appease another person-so it wasn’t rape at gunpoint, but rape as the alternative to having to explain my reasons for not wanting to have sex. You do it out of love sometimes, to save another’s feelings. And you do it out of hate sometimes, because you don’t want to hear your partner complain-like you hate their voice so much that whenever you aren’t made to hear it, it is a blessing. This is all sex I have said yes to, and sometimes even initiated-that I did’t want to have. It is the worst feeling; it is like unpaid prostitution, emotional whoring. You don’t get paid in dollars, you get paid in averted arguments; you get paid by being able to avoid the truth for another day. You hold your breath and you don’t feel your body, and you just let yourself go. Your body responds just enough to make them think you are into it, that you want it, that this is really sex. But it isn’t. I hate it, but I have done it, and I really don’t ever want to do it again because it is dehumanizing and demoralizing."
Margaret Cho (via kristynbeth)
When I first read this book and this forward, I identified with it so much that it made me cry. There’s nothing wrong with fucking, but don’t do it if you don’t 110% want to do it.