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I grew up on a really small island and I don- I didn’t have a lot of access to fashion. But, um, as far as I could remember fashion has always been my defense mechanism, even as a child, I remember thinking, ‘She can beat me but she cannot beat my outfit.’ x

this is now a blog dedicated to this legendary moment in time

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Salvador Dali drawing a penis on the forehead of a woman and signing it with Picasso’s signature


Salvador Dali drawing a penis on the forehead of a woman and signing it with Picasso’s signature

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ok guys so i just had a breakthrough 
so in the beginning of the song pompeii by bastille it sounds like theyre saying eheu a bunch of times well eheu is latin for ‘alas’ or ‘oh no’


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  • Question: If someone beats you up for being "cishet white male" and nothing else, is this okay? Did you deserve it? - Anonymous
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    what if the world was made of pudding

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a guy walked into the board room and said

"hi sweetheart if you could fix me up a coffee real quick im meeting with the regional reports manager in like five minutes, thanks darling"

and i just stared at him and coldly said

"i am the regional reports manager"

we are now twenty minutes into this board meeting and i dont think i’ve ever seen a man look so embarrassed and afraid in my whole life

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  • Question: Clarabeau, someone told me that in the oldest myths Persephone actually went down to Hades on her own because she pitied the dead, but I can't find any actual references to this in Ancient Greek literature. Do you know if there are any, or if this is fake? Pathetically, the closest I can find is the poem "Pomegranate Seed" by Edith Wharton. - Anonymous
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    I mean, I should preface this response by saying that really, I only have a BA in Classics, and there’s so much I haven’t read. But my research proposal for grad school actually deals with death studies, underworld passages, and ancient interactions with the dead, and I’ve read a lot on this topic and thought about it A LOT. It’s kind of an obsession.

    The short answer to your question is no. I mean, “oldest myths” is murky and maybe implies pre-Greek, which is always a muddy area, but as far as I know, there is no evidence of this being a thing. If there is I hope one of the classicists around here will come back with it, but I suspect no-one will, because not only does it have no backing in any literature I’ve read—at its core it reveals, I think, a misunderstanding about ancient concepts of death. Greek attitudes towards the afterlife are complicated and fascinating and totally worth their own post, but long story short, the underworld is the absolute worst. No-one would go down there unless they had no other choice. When Odysseus ran into Achilles in the underworld, Achilles said, “I’d rather be a slave on earth for someone else, some poor farmer who scrapes to keep alive, than rule down here over all the breathless dead.” ACHILLES. That’s how much of the worst it is to be down there.

    This kind of thing is symptomatic of a larger problem I’ve been seeing on Tumblr, which seems to hover especially around the Persephone myth: posts by well-intentioned people with only a basic understanding of Greek and Roman culture, molding ancient stories to support modern social justice sensibilities. It’s worrisome because they sling it like fact and it results in exactly this kind of thing: legit confusion about what the ancients actually believed. I think one of the most important things to remember, as a classicist and more broadly, as a historian, is that as fascinated as you are with a culture, as much as you love a certain period in history or a certain myth, on about a million fronts your faves were probably the worst. The Greeks and Romans were the absolute worst. You can still love them, there’s still SO much to be gained from the study of ancient cultures, and more generally, I’m pretty firmly in the camp of “It’s okay to love problematic things, as long as you are hyperaware of how problematic they are.” But never forget that the Persephone myth is, at its core, a story about a girl being abducted and raped by her uncle. That’s it. That is the story.

    All that being said: I’m co-writing a YA novel based on a modern retelling of the Persephone myth. I’m writing it because I think in my time period, with my influences and in my culture, there’s a lot of worthwhile themes to explore here: questions of agency, of love, of what it means to grow up. As fiction, transformative works are a vital part of western tradition. There’s just a huge difference between saying “This is how ancient people thought about something” and saying “IMAGINE IF ___.”

    Like, take, for example, one of the biggest OOOUGGGH TUMBLRRR things that grinds my gears: romanticization of the relationship between Achilles and Briseis in Homer. In the Iliad, Achilles is offended by Briseis getting nabbed not because he “loves” her, but because she’s a valuable piece of property owed to him for performing a service, a service he is the ABSOLUTE BEST at. Which he’s sacrificed everything to be the very best at. (Funnily enough, as a way to be remembered after death. Because for the Greeks, death is that of much of a Final Stop, that hated and that horrible.) But look at one of the best Roman treatments of the story: Ovid’s in the Heroides, a collection of “letters” from slighted mythological women to their lovers which everyone should read, by the way. Look how different the tone is there. Ovid’s coming at it from his own perspective, in his own time period, with his own social and political influences, and for his own authorial purposes. And it’s GREAT.

    So as transformative works, I have zero problem with all the kooky stuff Tumblr comes up with. Like, I’ve been in fandom since I was in my early teens. I LOVE FANDOM. And when it comes to Greek and Roman headcanon posts, I’d be the first to say that I’m on a fan level just like anyone else, I just happen to know a lot about the source material and I like “what ifs” to be based in my understanding of canon. So when I see stuff like this, I don’t feel Academic Anger. I just feel that useless fandom inertia of OOOO YOUR FANON OPINION IS WRONG. Like, when I see:

    Ares deflecting bullets in a firefight to protect police officers chasing a gunman and casually pushing criminals’ vehicles off the road in car chases before they can hurt any innocents
    Hermes as the guy behind you in line who covers your latte for you because you can’t find your wallet.
    Hera rejecting political campaigns and bringing together queer couples because the goddess of marriage knows better than some old congressman what marriage is

    WOOF, this is not my canon. But that’s okay! That’s okay.

    Anyways, anon, I hope it was clear this was me just, like, yelling into the void. I’m so glad you asked. I hope none of this came off as negative towards you or towards your friend, because you guys sound like badasses and you like cool stuff. I love getting asks like this and having a chance to talk about stuff I love.

    PS: “Pomegranate Seed” is a GREAT POEM.

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The Lost Art of Cassette Design by Steve Vistaunet

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First Japanese trans man recognized as father of child conceived with donor sperm

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