There were once women in Denmark who dressed themselves to look like men and spent almost every minute cultivating soldier’s skills; they did not want the sinews of their valour to lose tautness and be infected by self-indulgence.
Loathing a dainty style of living, they would harden body and mind with toil and endurance, rejecting the fickle pliancy of girls and compelling their womanish spirits to act with a virile ruthlessness. They courted military celebrity so earnestly that you would have guessed they had unsexed themselves.
Those especially who had forceful personalities or were tall and elegant, embarked on this way of life. As if they were forgetful of their true selves they put toughness before allure, aimed at conflicts instead of kisses, tasted blood, not lips, sought the clash of arms rather than the arm’s embrace, fitted to weapons hands which should have been weaving, desired not the couch but the kill, and those they could have appeased with looks they attacked with lances. —
Passage from ‘History of the Danes’, by Saxo Grammaticus in approximately 1200 CE.
MCLAUGHLIN, M., (1990), The Woman Warrior - Gender, Warfare And Society In Medieval Europe. Womens Studies-an Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol.17(3-4), pp.193-209.
The next time someone says some bullshit about medieval women, I am sending these ladies after them.(via kat-howard)
these shits get dumber everyday70 years of grinding and shining yes lawd
70 years of callous indifference
being okay with suffering
mainly turning my back on humanity
1 thing: smoking that good shit
dude i hate these things.. the ones i get always sucks. no love for the DH combo. smh
who cares? im doing whatever the fuck i want and pussy money weed… not bad
My mom says its pussy, money, weed
Seeing myself dying inside. Welp thats an accurate one .__.
My mom said it’s trappin :/
Dreams of dyin….
70 years of callous indifference. Smh
Mainly turning my back on humanity.
Becoming numb to trappin
Mine is “70 years of being a BO$$” and bf’s is “A lifetime of Suffering” and if that doesn’t accurately describe our different ways of thinking, I don’t know what does.
A lifetime of dying inside. Sigh. Do I now have a justification for my existential ennui?
Anonymous said: At this point wanting to be a 50s housewife pretty much is avante garde. Oh, and there's also the crusty old dudes thing.
I don’t want to be a 50s housewife I like my rights in the year 2014
What are the costs? What are the consequences of this, other than just that it’s an oppressive system and it sucks to live in a small town where Wal-Mart is the only retailer, and it sucks to be a farmer who’s having your livelihood crushed. What are the costs?
The costs are the end of democracy, the costs are the end of liberty. The real issue with Wal-Mart is not that it sucks to live in a small town, it’s that the Walton family now controls as much wealth as 41.5 percent of all Americans. One family with as much wealth as 130 million Americans. Now, who’s gonna get listened to when they show up on Capitol Hill? Or in the State House? Or the Town Hall? Is it Mrs. Smith? Or is it going to be the Walton family?
And all this accumulation continues still. This accumulation of wealth and power is getting worse and worse and worse. So, the cost is the loss of our democracy and the loss of our liberties. This was the basic truth that previous generations of Americans understood. That’s why they rebelled. — Free markets killed capitalism (via datagoddess)
(Source: fatnutritionist, via datagoddess)
Justice Samuel Alito, Asshole of the Day for June 30, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
The Supreme Court finally decided the Hobby Lobby case today. We highlighted Hobby Lobby CEO David Green previously when it came out that he sued for the right to deny his employees contraceptive care as part of his company’s health insurance, even though the very same birth control methods he opposes on religious grounds are part of his investment portfolio. Others pointed out at the time as well that he opposes his employees getting birth control because he believes (incorrectly) that they are really forms of abortion, while he buys all his materials from China, the country which for 30 years has told its citizens to abort any baby after their first.
And the Supreme Court decided that even though Hobby Lobby is a for-profit corporation, that corporations are people and have religious rights, and so the company can deny its employees contraception on those grounds. Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion which explains that:
This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to hold that all insurance-coverage man-dates, e.g., for vaccinations or blood transfusions, must necessarily fall if they conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs. Nor does it provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.
…In any event, our decision in these cases is concerned solely with the contraceptive mandate. Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs. Other coverage requirements, such as immunizations, may be supported by different interests (for example, the need to combat the spread of infectious disease) and may involve different arguments about the least restrictive means of providing them.
This is really something. So Alito has given corporations the rights to have religious beliefs (something they did not have previously), and then he limits the decision here to contraception. Other forms of medicine are still allowed to be imposed on religious people, including corporations, just not contraception if the employer decides that they think (even though medical science contradicts them) that it’s abortifacient. But religious objections to other things don’t matter. It’s almost like he’s saying that it’s OK to deny science and medicine if it oppresses women, but not if religion is used to hide other nefarious purposes, like say deciding they can’t get a blood transfusion or vaccine which might affect men too.
So, for giving employers a religious right to meddle in the affairs of women’s health and medicine, Justice Alito is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Justice Alito’s first time as Asshole of the Day, though not the first Supreme Court justice to be featured here— that honor belongs to Justice Scalia.
Full story: Right Wing Watch
The state and the corporations want us to exit the workforce and have babies, that’s the long and the short of it.
Aaaaand no paid parental leave. So thanks, SCOTUS. Et al.
Probably the best okcupid message I’ve ever received.
You can tell a girl she’s smart her whole life, encourage her in school, buy her a chemistry set, send her to math camp, help her apply for college scholarships in STEM fields, and she’s still eventually going to walk into a classroom, a lab, or a job interview and have some man dismiss her existence, deny her funding, pass her over for a promotion, or take credit for her work. How about you work on getting those assholes out of power and quit telling me not to call girls pretty.
1. Sometimes you’ll be like, “HEY EVERYONE LET’S DO SUSHI AND DRINKS AND FUN STUFF TOMORROW NIGHT!” but then tomorrow night comes and you regret everything as you try to weasel your way out of plans that you created. You resent 24-Hours-Ago-You for being so enthusiastic. — 14 Struggles Of Being Happy and Social Or Sad and Standoffish With No In-between (via artbylexie)
Making the Leap