An ancient Roman gold nipple cover, 1st century AD.
Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.
byzantine history + text posts
wearing a blanket around the house like
/hello darkness my old friend/
so much pain all in one post
Anon, I love you.
You’re 100% on point — it’s something a-heart-of-go-fuck-yourself talks about extensively and brilliantly: because sex work is conceived of as gendered labor (even though people of all genders do it), and because it is a form of care work, sex workers are expected to extend that care all of the time, to everyone, for free, above and beyond the professional services we provide. And with the consequences of being decried as heartless and predatory if we decline.
We’re responsible because “women” are automatically responsible for safeguarding the choices of men, and in the collective civilian consciousness, sex workers are the ultra-concentrated epitome of what women are and are not supposed to be: we’re available for sex on demand, but we have too much of it, and we have too many boundaries, and not enough boundaries, and we’re highly desirable, but also highly repulsive…it’s very hard on the circuitry, basically. While florists, bartenders and concierges all may be women (and while sex workers may not be), none of them are so neatly performing both the perceived function and the perceived antithesis of womanhood for a living that we are. So we are deemed extra responsible for curbing the appetites and bad behavior of men. (See also: the horrendous “sex workers prevent rape by being literal human rape shields” argument.)
Just kidding: we’re held responsible because everyone hates sex workers, and “YOU’RE DESTROYING OUR BEAUTIFUL MARRIAGES WAAH” is just another convenient excuse.
BUT DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THIS MEANS
HARRY POTTER HAD SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THAT AMAZING WOMAN THAT THE MOMENT SHE WAS DISRESPECTED HE WAS FILLED WITH SUCH A POTENT RAGE HE WAS ABLE TO CAST AN UNFORGIVABLE CURSE
Okay so I never (like… never) put captions on posts. I’m breaking my own rule for this one.
This scene makes me so fucking emotional and it just reinforces the fact that Minerva McGonagall is such an important (yet drastically forgotten and overlooked) character and person in Harry’s life.
The only other person Harry on whom Harry tried to use the Cruciatus curse was Bellatrix, right after she killed Sirius.
The indignation and hatred Harry felt toward Amycus Carrow spitting in Professor McGonagall’s face equalled that of Bellatrix killing his godfather.
I could go on about how much of a mother figure McG was to Harry for ages (like hELLO SHE WAITED ALL DAY SITTING ON A WALL IN HER ANIMAGUS IN LITTLE WHINGING TO SEE WHERE DUMBLEDORE WAS LEAVING BABY HARRY AND THEN TOTALLY TOLD HIM OFF BECAUSE SHE KNEW THE DURSLEYS WOULD TREAT HIM LIKE SHIT).
But the fact that this scene was left out of the final film - that Harry fucking torturing a Death Eater was deemed not important enough - makes me so angry because this scene shows so much of his character and his deep love and admiration for such an important person… And we all know that Dame Maggie Smith would have killed this on screen.
The evolution of Halloween costumes for girls…
this is really important
This is why I get upset about the sexy costumes at Halloween. Not because you don’t have the right to be sexy—you absolutely, absolutely do. But because while you might be able to find costume #3 in a tween size in each of these rows, I can guarantee that in almost all cases, you will not find costume #2 in a teen or adult size.
Babies/toddlers get to be cute. Kids/tweens get to be fun and spooky and still have modesty, if they want it. Teens who aren’t on the small end are already getting the sexy, even if they really just want fun, spooky, and a skirt that goes below mid-thigh. And adults? LOL nope it’s sexy or nothing.
Everyone who is of an age to want sexy should be allowed to have sexy. But “not sexy” should always be on the table as well, because sometimes you just want to be warm and cozy and filling a pillowcase with strangercandy.
Very relevant to this blog.