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Allison. Cat mom, style blogger, part-time wood nymph.

My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.

- Libby Anne  (via soaphie)

(via soaphie)

I just want to wear a rose quartz crown and wrap my feet in ferns and sing in thorns and blooms, depending on where the moon is in its dreams, okay? 

If you don't mind me asking, how did you get into loving flowers and being able to draw? I've been wanting to get into floral design or be a florist, but either options kind of scare me because I can't draw and being a florist might not pay the bills. 😞
by Anonymous

I’m afraid I don’t have a concrete answer to either of those questions. I can’t really remember back to a time when I wasn’t drawing, although I took a break recently. I know everyone hates hearing it, but there’s no secret to art beyond a lot of practice…which can actually be inspiring depending on how you look at it. I’d say if you want to learn to draw flowers, there are plenty of books that might help (Botany for the Artist is sitting forlornly in the corner of my room). Or you can just start doing it! Buy (or scavenge) a bouquet and photograph it to bits and then just doodle away! That’s my tactic.

I’m not a florist, so I can’t offer advice there. I just started buying bouquets in the grocery store to make crowns and ended up finding a lot of joy in playing with flowers. I think if it’s something that makes you genuinely happy, then you should pursue it even if it has to be on the side for a while. Real passions often have a way of consuming your life, in the best way. Follow inspiring florists like Moon Canyon, Siren Floral Co, Amy Merrick, and Alea Joy. And if you want to know more about the practical aspects, maybe you should try talking to my lovely friend, Paige (vacillavi)

I hope that was at least a little helpful, and let me know if there’s any other way I can help you on your floral path. :)