Phoebe Tonkin attends Humane Society Of The United States 60th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills, 29th March 2014.
you said you don’t have to speak (i can hear you)
i can’t feel all the things you’ve ever felt before
i said it’s been a long time since someone
looked at me that way
it’s like you knew me
and all the things i couldn’t say
“We need to stand up for each other and for ourselves too. Ladies, we need to collaborate, not compete. We need to champion each other, send out high-fives across the World Wide Web, and give high-fives in person. We need to rally around one another in times of joy and times of sadness. This may be the age of faceless Internet monsters calling us names, but we can be the change. We can say no to all of that. And we can start a movement in our own backyards. We can be the ones who say ‘No thank you’ to gossip and ‘Yes please’ to friendships. When we start to praise girls around us, when they score the highest grade in class on a test, when they land incredible jobs, when they have beautiful families—whatever!—we start lifting up those girls and ourselves. When we reach out in tough times, when someone has lost in love, failed an exam, missed out on an opportunity they’d been dreaming of—any of it—we show that girls can be each other’s backbones rather than the source of one another’s pain.”