solidarity for every woman speaking out about how they were abused
solidarity for every woman sharing that story
solidarity for those who haven’t spoken out, maybe yet, maybe never
Gendered criticism has a silencing effect, not just on the women criticized, but on all women who come into contact with it. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, ‘I’m so glad I’m not published, that my writing is a hobby, so I don’t have to deal with this’,” she says “Every time something like this happens, some women’s ambitions get curtailed and quashed and discouraged, by both the thing itself and the culture’s reaction to it. And that’s the thing that keeps me up at night, not that one crazy man thinks I shouldn’t be writing.
Spawned on website forums and defunct blogs, today’s urban legends live online — and they’re more horrifying than you’d imagine.
According to the legend, Candle Cove was a children’s marionette show on local access TV during the ‘70s. In 2009, commenters on an internet forum got together to…
The Russian peasant imagined the social order among demons to be much like his own. They lived in families and were fond of smoking, drinking, and playing cards or bones. Normally devils married witches, and their weddings, often celebrated at a crossroad, were frenzied affairs; sometimes in their wild dancing they raised a column of dust to the sky. Here and there one finds the belief that it was possible to disperse such gatherings by throwing an axe or a knife at the witch. Afterwards blood would be found on the spot and a village woman might walk around with a bandaged face or hand. Some peasants in Tula Province stressed that devils did not live in lawful wedlock because they lacked priests. Snowstorms and windstorms were generally associated with the activity of devils on earth; the notion that devil children liked to play in them was widespread. In Novgorod Province it was believed that one could view the devil during a snowstorm by getting down on all fours and looking through one’s legs.
—Russian Folk Belief, by Linda J. Ivanits (via gatheringbones)
#you know how sometimes when you look at a sliver of history#you can just hear a babble and ruckus of stories hollering to get out#there are so many stories here it’s deafening#the crossroad weddings of devils and witches dancing up the dust to frenzy#little devil-children larking and raucous in storms#whole towns built on occult belief; a domestic world casually acquainted with the traffic of hellfolk#russian folklore is grim and wonderful#russia#mythology#and all the devils are here (tags by elucipher)
The idea of a house built so that people could become lost in it is perhaps more unusual than that of a man with a bull’s head, but both ideas go so well together and the image of the labyrinth fits with the image of the Minotaur. It is equally fitting that in the center of a monstrous house there be a monstrous inhabitant.
—"The Minotaur," The Book of Imaginary Beings, Jorge Luis Borges
#nexus of my fixation with borges’ labyrinthine infinities and minoan civilisation and greek mythology and the architecture of monstrosity#this is it#(would dearly love to know what proto-myth or religious doctrine or pre-mycenaean demonology gave birth to the minotaur of knossos)#jorge luis borges#imagine there is a labyrinth and a thread#i’m not a monster i’m just ahead of the curve#mythology (tags by elucipher)
#and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work.
That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will.
This is why honey is not vegan.
The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus.
The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc.
Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.
It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly.
literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey