Preordering. Where’s Sean Connery when you need him?
Oh, good, dirtyriver made the Outland joke I was seconds away from making when I read that copy.
(I rather like Outland. It’s not the best film in the world but as “High Noon in space” goes, you could do a lot worse.)
The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights
Or, why I have occasionally been known to move my hands like I’m frantically gesturing in semaphore while saying “Oh! Heathcliff!” … sometimes to the bafflement of those around me who do not have a classical education*.
* By which I mean they have not watched nearly enough Monty Python.
I promise I won’t actually send these awful people to your awesome internet shindig. Apart from anything else, Pixie has a liability to end up on the wrong side of PG-13 even when she’s technically fully dressed.
“You fool. No man can kill me.”
How many times am I allowed to reblog this before it gets weird?
Fun facts: Tolkien constructed this scene because he came out of Macbeth thinking that Shakespeare had missed a golden opportunity with the ”Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” prophecy
Being letdown by Macbeth is apparently a significant factor in Tolkien’s writing because the Ent/Huorn attack on Isengard was the result of his disappointment that the whole “til Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane” thing was just some dudes holding sticks and not actual ambulatory trees.
so he basically took his favorite shakespeare headcanons and put them into his AU fic
Tolkien: Fanfic AU Master
#modernized mythology? #modernized mythology #artemis owns a nightclub called Selene; across town her brother apollo has staked his claim with Sol #dionysus probably owns a club too though his is more popular with the younger clubbing set; the ones who want to do #coke lines in the bathroom and every other person you bump into offers you X; there are back rooms specifically designated for orgies #and you’re no one until you’ve got some outrageous story from Dion’s club #but Apollo and Artemis’s places are much classier; for unwinding with the upper set #poets and artists and literati at Apollo’s; women and athletes and outdoorsmen at Artemis’s #Zeus is probably the CEO of whatever conglomeration secretly bankrolls them #Leto was probably his secretary or his coworker and they had to hide their affair unless his wife found out #god it’s so easy to adapt these stories it’s almost like human nature hasn’t changed in the last few millennia (via notbecauseofvictories)
I have such a mythology-nerd boner right now
I had seen the art before but I am reposting for those tags.
My 3.5 year old daughter wanted to be a princess for Halloween. OK! I said, then promptly lost my sanity and proceeded with making her an entire, (mostly) historically accurate 18th century Robe a la Francaise, using nothing but thrifted bed sheets for the fabric.
If you’re interested in the nitty gritty details - I’ve made a blog post detailing the construction process
See, this is why I love when people temporarily take leave of their senses for artistic reasons.
'Frozen is Disney's first movie about sisters!'
Wait, was someone actually dumb enough to assert that?
Q: How good is Bones at foreplay?
A: So good we’re talking about it in parallel universes and time-traveling undercover from the future to tell you about it and also apparently letting him into med school and assigning him specific missions because of it.
Seriously just consider the fact that Star Trek has gone out of its way to make Leonard McCoy’s famously generous lovemaking a goddamn universal constant
Cut scene from Trash
WHY DO THEY CUT OUT THE MOST PERFECT PARTS?
See…I’m not quite sure how to feel about this. On one hand it’s disappointing that they excised a scene which dealt with the subject of female orgasms, but on the other hand, am I the only person who feels like this is just a tad creepy?
I mean, I understand the sentiment they’re trying to convey, but something about couching it in the terms of “you marry the man who calls you on faking an orgasm” sets my teeth on edge. We’ve gone from a society in which women’s orgasms were virtually ignored…to a society in which being able to bring about women’s orgasms is something that men hold up as a badge of honor. It’s still ultimately about men.
Whedon has this tendency to be lauded as the epitome of male feminism, sometimes to the point of ignoring some of the really iffy elements in his works. So does this mean you marry the person who can tell when you are lying to them? A good interrogator can tell when someone is lying to them, that doesn’t mean you should fling yourself across the table at the precinct and propose. I almost feel as if this is basically a gussied-up version of the Twin Switch trope that is a staple of dozens of romance novels: the True Love (tm) is the one who can identify the real orgasm. I’m sorry but, no. The ability to tell whether a woman has actually come is not some sign you are perfect husband material. It is a sign that you are paying attention to what (or rather who) you are doing. Congratulations, you’d probably make a good pilot or cytologist.
Basically: Joss Whedon is not as good a feminist as he thinks he is.
This comment is brilliant.
Well, I agree that Whedon isn’t as good a feminist as he thinks he is, for sure, but I read it as “marry the one who insists on a partnership with no illusions, because the illusions are what will destroy a marriage.” Am I being naive, or too generous? It’s possible. God alone knows what goes on in Whedon’s head.
Portrait of Elizabeth Murray
England (c. 1650)
Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm
I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.
Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens
ALL. THE. TIME.
Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.
Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.
Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.
Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?
Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:
The actual painting:
Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:
The actual painting:
PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):
But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.
These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.
I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.
The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:
Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.
This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.
If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.