“I can’t find my comb.” “Have you looked?” “Everywhere.”
Requested by Anon
my hufflepuff queen <3
“I can’t find my comb.” “Have you looked?” “Everywhere.”
Requested by Anon
my hufflepuff queen <3
JUST LIKE THE ANIMES
Lavoisier is having none of your shit.
Heeeey so fun fact: the woman in that painting is Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, who not only acted as Lavoisier’s lab assistant but also translated English and Latin texts into French so he could read them. But she didn’t just translate, she pointed out errors in the chemistry in some of the texts. Her observations of these errors convinced Lavoisier to study combustion, which led to his discovery of oxygen. She was also critical to the publication of Lavoisier’s Elementary Treatise on Chemistry in 1789. She kept strict records of every experiment they conducted together and drew detailed diagrams of all their equipment. She also threw amazing parties and invited all the brightest minds in science so her husband could pick their brains. After Lavoisier was guillotined she secured all of his notebooks and equipment for posterity.
In short: NOBODY KICKS MADAME LAVOISIER OUT OF THE LAB.
Also, a side note: My historian husband-to-be pointed some things out to me about this painting. Notice that Madame Lavoisier is looking at the viewer, and all the light is on her, while Lavoisier himself is physically smaller than her, in shadow, and looking up to her in reverence. This isn’t a candid photograph- all of these choices are deliberate. The painting isn’t of Lavoisier- Madame Lavoisier is meant to be the central subject.
I can just imagine Lavoisier telling all his colleagues that his wife is really the one with all the clever ideas, and them patting him on the back and telling him he’s sweet for saying so.
I LOVE IT
But I did love you! I do love you! I resented your plans to marry. Maybe because I wanted you. Maybe I’ve wanted you all these years. I couldn’t call it by name before, but maybe it’s been there since I first knew you.
“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” Oscar Wilde
This gif’s widespread use as shorthand for the concept of ~weaponized femininity~ has always bothered me, and I’ve never understood why it’s become so popular. I mean, sure, at first brush, it seems obvious: here is a studiedly beautiful woman who, with the simple gesture of placing a cigarette between her lips, has dozens of men wrapped around her finger, vying for her favor. But just take a minute here and look at her face. She’s not reveling in this, you get the feeling that she didn’t even expect it, this woman is upset and overwhelmed by the amount of male attention she’s getting.
Because this is a pivotal moment in a movie about a woman who is forced into prostitution.
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena came out in 2000, and starred Monica Bellucci as the titular Malena, a young wife whose husband is off fighting for the Axis Powers in WWII. Beautiful and shy, Malena tries to keep to herself, but finds it increasingly difficult as word of her husband’s absence attracts not only the attention of all the men in town, but the bitter jealousy of their wives and lovers. She does nothing to encourage any of her suitors, and instead spends her days caring for her aging father. But this uneasy peace in her life is shattered when she receives word of her husband’s death, and she’s left to fend for herself in a town where half the people only care for her body, and the other half hate her for it.
In the rest of the film we see the following: Malena’s relationship with her father destroyed as a result of sexual slander, Malena taken to court by a jealous neighbor who swears the young woman was sleeping with her husband, Malena’s rape by her lawyer as “payment” for her legal fees, Malena’s entry into the world of prostitution, and Melena’s public beating, stripping, and humiliation at the hands of the town’s women when the Americans arrive at the end of the war. Her husband appears in the third act, somehow alive, and he reclaims his wife, restoring her to respectability, and the townspeople begin to accept her once more, now that she is on the arm of her husband, and has, as some of the women whisper, ‘put on a little weight”.
But in spite of all of that, the film isn’t Malena’s story. Instead, we see her life through the eyes of our narrator, a young boy who by turns worships her and is disgusted by her “fall”. This is his coming of age, his discovery of himself through Malena’s trauma and the specter of female sexual jealousy.
In short, this is not a woman’s movie. Malena’s beauty is a cage, something that draws awful, selfish responses from the men around her, responses that she is forced to endure as a result of her situation. And what’s worse, her looks isolate her from women, none of whom can see past her smoky eyes and hourglass figure to the heartbroken widow who needs a friend.
So you know. Use gifs if you like, weaponize that femininity in the most numbskulled, reductively simple way possible, because lipstick is ~how you control men~ and Sex Is About Power, like Oscar Wilde said. Just remember that in this film, and so tragically often in real life, that power doesn’t rest in women’s hands.
The United Nations is an entity borne from the design of colonialist nations and constituted to support their imperialist hegemony. The U.N. is bullshit, it is one of the most systematic and awful human rights abusers in the world. International law is never enough; fuck the U.N.
Well, I don’t want to burst your bubble but as someone who works in the UN I would like to disagree. There are many extensions of the UN that are greeted towards true improvement of human rights around the world. I personally am working with UNRWA; United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the near east; and it includes architects, engineers, social workers, project managers and many people focusing on managing a very difficult situation and one they can barely do anything if the people don’t want to improve. You blame these “higher powers” so often you victimize yourself. IF YOU KEEP VICTIMIZING YOURSELF AND JUST BLAMING HIGHER POWERS FOR YOUR INJUSTICES YOU WILL NEVER ACHIEVE GREATNESS.
Stop blaming America, the UN, Israel, White Power it’s so childish and it won’t help you in any way. Anyways, I for one promise from now on I will never use racism, sexism, or any form of injustice against my forms as an excuse of my failure.
Muhammad Iqbal of Pakistan was right when he said that the U.N. was “Dāshta‑i‑pīrak‑i‑Afrang” or “the keep of the West.” The U.N. serves to support the interests of those in power under the guise of human rights and global neutrality, a neutrality that in itself is misguided and useless because it falsely presumes nations and regions that have been aggressed upon for time immemorial to be equal to their aggressors and normalizes settler colonial states like America, Australia, Israel and Canada as wholly legitimate nations. The U.N. emerged from the League of Nations, which was founded by Allied Western powers like England and France who were directly colonizing and occupying a number of Asian and African countries. This organization thus has always worked to maintain and secure the hegemony of imperialist powers.
I am sorry (not really) to burst your bubble, but the U. N. is responsible for countless transgressions on human rights and institutionalized cruelty. UNICEF sanctioned medical experiments on Mizrahi/Middle Eastern Jewish Israeli children that killed more than 6,000 of them.U.N. peacekeepers in Bosnia and Kosovo, mobilized there because of imperialist NATO intervention, sexually trafficked and tortured Bosnian and Kosovar women and children who already confronted genocide from Serbs. U.N. peacekeepers and other employees could not be punished or prosecuted because they enjoyed diplomatic immunity and Kathryn Bolkovac, the whistleblower, was fired from her job for trying to expose the U. N.’s crimes.
Bosnia is not the only instance in which U.N. personnel have perpetrated sexual abuse and exploitation. In spite of heavy public condemnation from the U.N. of sexual abuse, women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Haiti and South Sudan continue to suffer rape at the hands of peacekeeping soldiers mobilized, contracted and enabled by the U.N. Moreover, many civilian lives have been lost to U.N. peacekeeping missions in disparate parts of the world. In Somalia alone, Somali civilian deaths resulted from an aggressive military operation initiated by the U.N.
In Eritrea alone, the U.N. forced the country to become a federated part of Ethiopia, denied it sovereignty and facilitated a decades-long occupation. Eritrea won its independence approximately forty years later in 1991. The League of Nations facilitated the entire mandate system in the Middle East. It was the League, the U.N.’s precursor, that handed over Middle Eastern regions and territories to Britain and France under the deceptive guise of bringing democracy to backwards nations. This was only rhetoric to justify Western colonization of the Middle East. And as this article explains, linked by sharmooota , U.N. action served to partition Palestine in 1948 and triggered the expulsion and displacement of 700,000 Palestinians, which has inflated to a diaspora of millions and spans generations in the current day.
The U.N. is also responsible for sanctioning Eritrea on the flimsy basis that the government supports terrorists, and it’s been sanctioning Iran for the past few decades. Both of these countries are global southern and systemically poor and the sanctions only induce unemployment, exacerbation of poverty and migration/exodus (see how many Eritreans are dying trying to immigrate to Europe).
In short, the U.N. serves to protect and substantiate the imperialist and capitalist domination of those in power. Its purported neutrality only screens and distorts its human right violations and its role as the fulcrum for capitalism and imperialism.Lenin called the League of Nations “the den of thieves” and this appellation still applies to the U.N. Even now, there are numerous cases of rape, torture, murder, displacement, hunger, medical racism/experimentation caused by the U.N. that I am failing to cover, but I trust others will reblog this and add those cases. Fuck the U.N. and fuck you for supporting it.
Photos from 1935 Japan via Old Photos of Japan.
Japanese school girls practicing naginata (薙刀). Naginata is a pole weapon traditionally used by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wooden shaft with a curved blade on the end. In the modern martial art form of naginata, it is carved from one piece of Japanese white oak or it features a replaceable blade constructed from bamboo. Practitioners wear protective armor called bogu (防具). It is very similar to the armor worn by practitioners of kendo. In modern Japan, naginatajutsu is practiced especially by women.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and tag tamorapierce here because this is just too cool for words.
And that limb held, `cos here I am, with thanks!
Look at them, at the easy grace with which they wait, at their focus on the weapon and beyond it, the opponent.
Thank you! I sit here in delighted fascination. :3
This post has been cross-posted to The Asexual Agenda.
Content warnings: mentions of sexual violence, but no specifics
Fellow aces, we need to have a discussion about how we treat sex-averse and sex-repulsed aces. Sex-repulsed and sex-averse aces are by no means a minority in the community—according to the AAW census, 65% of asexuals, 51% of grey-As, and 37% of demisexuals are either “somewhat repulsed” or “completely repulsed.” And yet, as several people have pointed out recently, sex-repulsed and sex-averse aces are consistently “viewed almost as a dirty secret the community should be ashamed of.” This treatment of sex-repulsed aces goes hand in hand with a series of ideas: Being indifferent is the Real Way to be ace. If you’re sex-repulsed, there’s something wrong with you, and you need to see a medical professional. If you’re sex-repulsed because of experiences of trauma or sexual violence, then you definitely need to see a medical professional and sit down and shut up and stop making people think that you’re a “normal” ace.
A strange extension of this erasure and/or silencing of sex-repulsed aces is that aces who aren’t sex-repulsed are pressured into having sex by members of their own community. It means that it’s significantly easier to find narratives from and advice for aces who have sex (and that’s just things I found in ~5 minutes of going through bookmarks) than it is to find personal narratives from aces who are sex-averse,* despite the fact that, according to the AAW census, only 1% of asexuals, 4% of grey-As, and 11% of demisexuals enjoy having sex. (It’s slightly easier to find stuff about aros who don’t have sex and don’t want to have sex, probably because, as everyone knows, it’s totally 100% impossible to ever have a romantic relationship without The Sex.) It means that people who seek out ace communities because they don’t want to have sex can feel alienated by their own communities.
Emphasis added, because those stats tie back to my earlier discussion, and together begs the question: why are the subjects relevent to the vast majority of asexuals—and those who suffer the most from compulsory sexuality—constantly derailed, dismissed, and silenced by ace people in favor of that 1% who enjoy sex? Why does nearly every post about asexuality I see outside my dash cater to that 1%?
Why are we trying to systematically sabotage the efforts to destroy compulsory sexuality and acephobia just because some people don’t mind it as much?
For ages I felt that I shouldn’t talk about my sex repulsion because it somehow made me bad and that I should at the very least aspire towards indifference—and then I find out that hundreds upon hundreds of other people just in my own circle of communication felt the same way, and that as a mass we were being shamed into silence because we were too different from allosexuals and challenged the narrative of sex positivity too much. The lack of talk about sex repulsion isn’t just because no one feels like talking about it, but because we’re conditioned to feel ashamed, and quickly silenced or attacked if we push past that shame.
And to emphasize again:
You can stop treating sex-repulsed and sex-averse aces as though they’re reflecting badly on other aces just by existing.