Italian Noble Person, staring at a plague pit: My God, this is horrible. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before!
Marchionne di Coppo di Stefano Buonaiuti, maybe a *bit* peckish: Actually…
“At every church, or at most of them, pits were dug, down to the water-table, as wide and deep as the parish was populous; and therein, whosoever was not very rich, having died during the night, would be shouldered by those whose duty it was, and would either be thrown into this pit, or they would pay big money for somebody else to do it for them. The next morning there would be very many in the pit. Earth would be taken and thrown down on them; and then others would come on top of them, and then earth on top again, in layers, with very little earth, like garnishing lasagne with cheese.”
Speaking as a non-religious person, I can confirm.
Okay, but this position is also really damaging for religious minorities.
OP is talking about white Evangelical Christians. White Evangelical Christians are using religious rights laws to proselytize and convert. Not just nonreligious people, but also religious minorities. White Evangelical Christians want to convert other Christians - liberal Christians, Black churches, African and Eastern churches. They may talk a lot about Judeo-Christian traditions, but they still want to convert Jewish communities. And they’re not even subtle about converting Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and indigenous religious communities.
For these minority communities, the choice isn’t if their religion should be “privately practiced” or weaponized. They don’t have the power to weaponize their religion. For example, both Jewish and Muslim women use birth control to regulate their periods in order to participate in their own rituals. But no case protecting their right to birth control has ever made it close to the Supreme Court. Let alone weaponizing their religion to… I guess require women to take birth control?…
For these religious communities, conversations about “just practice privately” mean banning yamikahs and hijab. It means limiting access to public streets and community centers to celebrate Diwali. It means removing any mention of global religious traditions from text books, essentially sanitizing history.
The choice should not be “practice privately” or nonreligious people are being oppressed. It should be a recognition that *everyone* is being oppressed by one religious community that has been buffered by, and in exchange continues to defend, institutional racism and white supremacy.
An exhausted religions scholar who has been having this same conversation for two decades now.
I’m legitimately wondering if there’s any reason a neovagina has to look especially realistic since it’s not like I’m gonna be seeing it all the time and genitals aren’t super aesthetic anyway so maybe I can get a discount if the doctor doesn’t have to like perfectly craft every fold of the vulva, like it’s not gonna be particularly deep or wide for me anyway, just gimme something that’s works and is easy to clean and knock a few bucks of the price, I’m not asking for Michaelangelo’s labia or anything y'know, I appreciate maybe the doctor won’t give me teeth or tentacles down there but at the same time I’m not going to get into a relationship with someone if they feel like they gotta conduct a 120 point snatchspection just to confirm my cunt meets the fuckability codes, I’m sure as shit not pushing babies out it and there’s no reason to overcomplicate taking a wee, so why not go for something a little more aerodynamic and low rez right?
this is the sort of post that terfs screen capture and go apeshit over
I don’t think Michaelangelo would be good at crafting vaginas anyway
You come in here, on the day of my cousin’s daughter’s aunt’s roommate’s best friend’s wedding, on this day you come to me and be funnier on my own post.
#a lot to unpack here #or actually not a lot #if you want to know my sense of humor
I think exclusionists, people who want to exclude specific groups from the queer community, are operating based on a misunderstanding of the community’s purpose. (I’m speaking specifically of people who don’t think of themselves as TERFS or reactionaries or conservatives, and may not be acting out of malice, but out of ignorance. Certainly some people are acting maliciously and deliberately, and they’re probably beyond reaching.)
So I’ll be very clear: the goal of a large, inclusive queer community is to form a political bloc that is big enough and strong enough to get anti-queer laws overthrown and anti-queer policies (at schools, in workplaces, etc.) changed. As long as we are separate, no individual letter of the LGBT+ alphabet will be able to enact real changes. When we narrow who can be part of a movement, we weaken its political strength.
Treating the queer community like it’s primarily a social club is a luxury, to some extent, born of increasing rights (in some places and for some people, anyway). It’s not primarily about finding a place to make friends, hook up with people, or to be a support group or to organize parties. It can include those things under its umbrella, and often does, but that’s not the main purpose. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone there, or understand all their experiences, or share their interests. You just have to have each others’ backs (in a fight and at protests and in the voting booth). That’s what exclusionists are undermining. I care more about whether someone will have my back or that of my friends if they’re at risk, and whether they’ll vote for or against the politicians who want to destroy my way of life, than how they dress or who they fuck or don’t fuck, to put it very bluntly.
Happy pride month everyone!!! Have a bronzewing pigeon. :) (Redbubble)
Finally! The Vosmaeri eclectus for the polyamory flag.
While not an orientation or gender identity, the polyam flag is still very popular at pride events.
I thought the eclectus was perfect for this flag because unlike other parrots, they’re nonmonogamous. What a fun coincidence that they happen to match the flag so well and to be a personal favorite of mine.
[image description: A blue-eyed blonde in a scoop-neck black shirt, leather jacket, and blue tiger-eye necklace on a silver chain stands in front of a chart of classic hair/wig styles - many of which are named ‘Bob’. Text reads, “131, Simon ~ The Small God of Hairdos”]
She will help you find your better self.
Beauty is only skin deep, but hair is a form of art, and she is Michelangelo, she is DaVinci and O’Keefe and Franzetta. She sits at the intersection of sculpture and painting and fabric art, spinning her transitory wonders, and as long as you think you look perfect, she knows that you are. She knows that for all of us, looking into the mirror and seeing what we expect to see can be the most powerful sacrament in a universe filled with benedictions.
She is in the bleach and the blow-dry, in the shampoo and the set, and she attends most open-casket funerals, to make sure that even on our way out of this world and into the next, we aren’t ashamed to be seen. All she asks is that we find a way to be ourselves, that we breathe in deep of the setting chemicals and the salon air, sweet with chemical processes and bright with overhead lighting, and consider who we most desire to be.
Hair is forever transitory. Hair can change, and no style is inherently forever. So wear it the way that makes you happiest, and know that you do so with Simon’s blessing. She has changed before. She will change again. To live is to change, in ways both large and small. Hair keeps growing, no matter how perfectly it may be styled in the moment, and she wants you to grow. Even if you grow away from her, she wants you to grow.
She takes coffee with Tesla Jefferson at least twice a week. She spends her evenings looking over swatches with Polly Chrome. And she is happy. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. Simon is a happy god, and she wants that same joy for you, whatever it costs.
Whatever it takes.
Just trust your stylist.
Artist Lee Moyer (13th Age, Cursed Court) and author Seanan McGuire (Middlegame, Every Heart a Doorway) have joined forces to bring you icons and stories of the small deities who manage our modern world, from the God of Social Distancing to the God of Finding a Parking Space.
Join in each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a guide to the many tiny divinities:
ask your friends to help your gf come up with a writing tip for her account and discover through this that one of them has read all your fanfic resulting in you taking his phone and then not really knowing what to do with his phone that will stop him knowing your account name so