It doesn’t read as materialism in our bodies though. It reads as affirmation. We are taught to value male attention, so it feels good when men think we’re pretty. But it doesn’t feel sexy, it feels like… getting a good grade. It feels like achievement. It feels like cultural acceptance. But, since we’re not going to feel the good feelings that come with desire, that’s all we can get.
What Does Rape Culture Do To Female Desire — Revisited
Emma Lindsay

Talking as woman about attention is like talking to a fish about the sea.

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