Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, Tenth Anniversary Edition (Virago Press, 1992, first published 1976), pp. 251-2 (via radtransfem)
I would add to this librarian as well. Since ancient times, women as virgins, like the famed Vestal Virgins served also as librarians of the state and for a long time, it was a profession to which virginal women could aspire, since they were still serving the the world as a whole.
Then, women were forced from the working world and when they were allowed back in, to serve as librarians they were allowed, but only under the leadership of the ‘more intelligent and capable’ men. (via drdandy)
Nothing is ours but our language, our phrasing. If a man takes that from me (knowingly, purposely) he is a thief. If he takes it unconsciously—snaking it out of some old secluded corner of his memory, and mistaking it for a new birth instead of a mummy — he is no thief, and no man has a case against him.
Unconscious appropriation is utterly common; it is not plagiarism and is no crime; but conscious appropriation, i. e., plagiarism, is as rare as parricide. Of course there are plagiarists in the world—I am not disputing that—but bless you, they are few and far between. These notions of mine are not guesses; they are the outcome of twenty years of thought and observation upon this subject.
|—||Mark Twain on why people need to stop accusing The Hunger Games of “ripping off” Battle Royale.|
She needs a Santa hat in your avatar.
That would be adorable! Is someone creative with photoshop?
Hello everyone! I’m taking the night off since I worked so hard on my paper last night. What’s going on? Anything big? I feel very out of the loop. Please catch me up.
Viking Kittens, Music: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
The Vikings knew what’s up
Expanding on that, from the cited source:
The Vikings kept cats for their valuable skills as mousers as well as keeping cats for pets. Kittens were sometimes given to new brides as an essential part of setting up a new household. It is especially appropriate that brides should receive cats, since cats were associated with Freyja, the goddess of love. The Vikings believed that Freyja rode a cart drawn by a team of cats. It might seem absurd to imagine a cart drawn by cats, until one realizes that Viking cats were not your standard Felis domesticus — they were the Skogkatt (Norwegian, meaning literally “Forest Cat”), a wild breed native to the North. In Denmark, these cats are called Huldrekat (huldre are female forest spirits, literally, “the hidden folk”). The Skogkatt is a large breed, known for their strong bones and muscular forms.
I love the image of a chariot pulled by cats.
EVERYONE STOP WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND IMAGINE A VIKING AU FIC WHERE THOR GIVES SIF KITTENS
y’know it doesn’t even have to be an AU amirite?
Noting also the quite realistic context that it would take a deity to get cats to do work. Still more so as a team. :)