Repeated pleas to the universe to let me regain my dragon form have gone unheeded, so I am giving this human thing a go.
To make ends meet, I work for a living. To keep my soul burning, I write. I fill in the gaps by watching a lot of TV, obsessing over Supernatural and reading a lot. Degrees in Literature tend to help me over-analyse, so let me know if you would like to over-analyse anything with me. Oh, and I see tea as being on an equal footing with oxygen, in terms of necessity. Yes. I am British.

 

paperswallow:

i want more girl byronic figures, i want more reckless self-important girl libertines leaving a string of broken men in their wake while dashing off poems and getting into obscene wagers. i want girl characters that are just on the charming mercurial side of unlikeable arseholes and definitely morally questionable but always game for a revolution

Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged?

You are iron.

And you are strong.

Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.

Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via badjujumamma)

Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”

The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.

The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”

In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.

The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.

Roger Ebert (via iloveyousoundsfake)

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astrolocherry:

i think gemini’s need this watch. time really melts away under the hostage of a thought encased mind. something always manages to distract them, excite them or stop them dead in their tracks out of fascination. time has a habit of getting away from gemini - or so it would seem. their lack of organization skills typically leave them in a disoriented frenzy where life is a constant state of rush and flux. it’s all too easy for them to get lost in a book or lose hours on the phone to a friend, and before they know it  - they’re late again, even if they had the whole day to get ready! most of their friends have learned to accept their pathologically unpunctuality and understand the gemini will arrive ‘around a certain time’.

yes.

tarotgram:

astrolocherry:

i think gemini’s need this watch. time really melts away under the hostage of a thought encased mind. something always manages to distract them, excite them or stop them dead in their tracks out of fascination. time has a habit of getting away from gemini - or so it would seem. their lack of organization skills typically leave them in a disoriented frenzy where life is a constant state of rush and flux. it’s all too easy for them to get lost in a book or lose hours on the phone to a friend, and before they know it  - they’re late again, even if they had the whole day to get ready! most of their friends have learned to accept their pathologically unpunctuality and understand the gemini will arrive ‘around a certain time’.

yes.

pervocracy:

rainfelt:

stfueverything:

libertarianloki:

Thus, the logic of the feminist argument to “Teach men not to rape” is revealed.

Yes because it’s such a radical notion to expect rapists to control themselves.

Uh, we do tell thieves not to rob, though. We actually spend a lot of energy teaching kids that stealing is wrong. We keep trying to teach them it’s wrong through their teens and adult years.
And when someone gets robbed? Cops don’t ask them if their front door was locked. They don’t ask them if they invited the thief into their house and maybe said the thief was free to take things before changing their mind the next day. And this is true even though sometimes people do get robbed by folks they invite in under false pretenses.
Cops and lawyers and judges don’t work together to make people who get robbed feel like shit for not installing extra security systems or putting bars on their windows. They don’t use people’s former history of inviting neighbors in and letting them borrow stuff to argue that they had no right to expect someone to respect their property. The media doesn’t talk about how the thief’s promising life was ruined by their victim’s decision to prosecute.
Your metaphor is bad and you should feel bad.

All this, but also:
What exactly is “locking your door?”  When you’re locking the door to your house, that’s a single, quick, well-defined action that is definitely effective and has little impact on your overall lifestyle.  If you know of anything that women can do to prevent rape that’s as low-impact and reliable as remembering to turn a key a couple times a day, please, tell me about it!  Tell everyone!  This could be some revolutionary shit!
But if what you really mean is something more like “don’t go into the cartoonishly obvious dark alleys that no doubt litter your city, and don’t dress in a way that suggests you have a corporeal body, and don’t associate with dangerous men (shouldn’t be hard to identify them, all dangerous men have prominent “DANGEROUS MAN” facial tattoos), and don’t go outdoors alone at night, and don’t go to parties or at least for God’s sake don’t ever drink at parties, and I saw this one email saying you shouldn’t wear ponytails and hey did you hear about this magical fingernail polish?”…
Well, there’s a lot I can say about all that, but all I’m going to say right now is that’s a bit more than turning a key.

pervocracy:

rainfelt:

stfueverything:

libertarianloki:

Thus, the logic of the feminist argument to “Teach men not to rape” is revealed.

Yes because it’s such a radical notion to expect rapists to control themselves.

Uh, we do tell thieves not to rob, though. We actually spend a lot of energy teaching kids that stealing is wrong. We keep trying to teach them it’s wrong through their teens and adult years.

And when someone gets robbed? Cops don’t ask them if their front door was locked. They don’t ask them if they invited the thief into their house and maybe said the thief was free to take things before changing their mind the next day. And this is true even though sometimes people do get robbed by folks they invite in under false pretenses.

Cops and lawyers and judges don’t work together to make people who get robbed feel like shit for not installing extra security systems or putting bars on their windows. They don’t use people’s former history of inviting neighbors in and letting them borrow stuff to argue that they had no right to expect someone to respect their property. The media doesn’t talk about how the thief’s promising life was ruined by their victim’s decision to prosecute.

Your metaphor is bad and you should feel bad.

All this, but also:

What exactly is “locking your door?”  When you’re locking the door to your house, that’s a single, quick, well-defined action that is definitely effective and has little impact on your overall lifestyle.  If you know of anything that women can do to prevent rape that’s as low-impact and reliable as remembering to turn a key a couple times a day, please, tell me about it!  Tell everyone!  This could be some revolutionary shit!

But if what you really mean is something more like “don’t go into the cartoonishly obvious dark alleys that no doubt litter your city, and don’t dress in a way that suggests you have a corporeal body, and don’t associate with dangerous men (shouldn’t be hard to identify them, all dangerous men have prominent “DANGEROUS MAN” facial tattoos), and don’t go outdoors alone at night, and don’t go to parties or at least for God’s sake don’t ever drink at parties, and I saw this one email saying you shouldn’t wear ponytails and hey did you hear about this magical fingernail polish?”…

Well, there’s a lot I can say about all that, but all I’m going to say right now is that’s a bit more than turning a key.

In fact, Renner met President Obama at a private event in Beverly Hills in 2012, and his lack of a filter was on full display. ‘I probably said some very offensive things,’ Renner said. ‘I said something about how he should strap on an ‘Avengers’ costume: ‘You know, you could get some votes, dude. Sling a bow and arrow around you and people will start liking you.’ That’s OK, he laughed.’

Renner continues to be Actual Clint Barton, apparently (via jeremyrennerdaily)

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