IN THE FIFTH GIF HE PATS THE CUPS WITH HIS LITTLE PAWS TO MAKE SURE IT’S IN. BRB, DYING.
ARE YOU KIDDING? LOOK AT THE 7TH GIF HOW HE JUST HANDS THE CUPS TO THE PERSON AND IS LIKE, “HERE HUMAN, YOUR FEEBLE TASK FOR ME IS COMPLETE. NOW LEAVE US BE.”
THEY’RE SO CUTE, OMG. I CAN’T.
THE GREATEST THING ON THE INTERNET SINCE THE LAST TIME OTTERS WERE IN A THING ON THE INTERNET.
= The spiders!
= They are crazy!
Er hatte liebe Genossen.
= He had kind companions.
Er hatte Liebe genossen.
= He had enjoyed love.
Sich brüsten und Anderem zuwenden.
= to gloat and turn towards other things
Sich Brüsten und Anderem zuwenden.
= to turn towards breasts and other things
Sie konnte geschickt Blasen und Glieder behandeln.
= She was adept at treating blisters and limbs.
Sie konnte geschickt blasen und Glieder behandeln.
= She was adept at giving blowjobs and handling members.
Der Gefangene floh.
= The prisoner escaped.
Der gefangene Floh.
= The imprisoned flea
Helft den armen Vögeln.
= Help the poor birds.
Helft den Armen vögeln.
= Help poor people with sex.
So my doctoral work is the interwar treatment of trauma and history in popular fiction, and one of the writers whose work abuts the authors I am focused on is the late, great Sylvia Townsend Warner, who was an extremely interesting woman - and writer, and Communist, and a lesbian in the problematic post-Well of Loneliness obscenity trial period. She would be a fascinating personality if she’d never written a word of fiction, but she did - and one of them is particularly revelant to my (and your) interests.
Why is Summer Will Show amazing, you ask? Because it’s a lesbian novel written in the 1930s? Well, yes - but also because it’s set during the révolution de Février in 1848, in the streets and on the barricades.
The heroine of the novel is an Englishwoman with an exceedingly English name, Sophia Willoughby. She has inherited her father’s estate, and runs it by herself in the absence of her husband. They have two children, and she’s happy running her own life, her own property, and raising her family; she doesn’t particularly mind that her husband has fucked off, although she has no particularly positive view of what she’s heard of his Parisian mistress.
For even to Dorset the name of Minna Lemuel had made its way. Had the husband of Mrs. Willoughby chosen with no other end than to be scandalous, he could not have chosen better. A byword, half actress, half strumpet; a Jewess; a nonsensical creature bedizened with airs of prophecy, who trailed across Europe with a tag-rag of poets, revolutionaries, musicians and circus-riders snuffing at her heels, like an escaped bitch with a procession of mongrels after her; and ugly; and old; as old as Frederick or older - this was the woman who Frederick had elected to fall in love with, joining in the tag-rag procession, and not even king in that outrageous court, not even able to dismiss the mongrels, and take the creature into keeping.
Then (spoiler) her children die in an epidemic. She may have no use for her husband, but she wants children and a successor to her estate; so she leaves for Paris to conceive a child with him, and on that visit, meets Minna, who’s not only half-actress and half-strumpet, but wholly a revolutionary and a Communist.
This is the point in a traditional novel where the claws would come out, and Frederick would become the fulcrum they turn on; instead, to his own disgust, he becomes utterly irrelevant, because when they meet, they don’t hate each other. They’re drawn to each other, irrevocably and undeniably.
Then, the barricades.
Read this book! But if you happen to find the Virago reissue from the 1980s, don’t read the foreword, which gives away the entire plot, not just the teaser I’ve shared here. Hilariously, I own a secondhand copy of the Virago, and it’s faded so much in the harsh Antipodean sun that the red, white, and blue colour is now red-orange, white, and green. The whole effect is entirely Italian.
Sylvia Townsend Warner
She and her partner, Valentine Ackland, an artist and fellow Communist, (mostly) managed to live happily ever after, in a time when the most famous Sapphic pairings didn’t (Violet Trefusis and Vita Sackville-West, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, the Radclyffe Hall/Una Troubridge/Radclyffe Hall’s dead ex-lover spiritual menage, et cetera).
Also recommended: Townsend Warner’s Mr Fortune’s Maggot, a love story featuring the eponymous English missionary and a young Pacific Island man he falls in love with, which plays with colonialism and turns it on its head, and her Lolly Willowes, which is actually an interesting fantasy-influenced spin on the idea of the spinster and the superfluous woman with lesbian undertones, and involves magical transformations into a CAT. Little-known 1930s novels: treasure troves.
As someone who has epilepsy and used to have several grand mal seizures a day, I’d also like to add that “offer help” can range anywhere from keeping the person calm to explaining to them where they are and what they were doing to even just telling them they should sit and rest for a while longer (lack or coordination is common, and it can be hard to walk straight or see clearly).
It’s okay for them to take up to a half hour to fully regain their bearings and sort out what they were doing prior to the seizure. Just answer any questions calmly and be there for support.
If they come around and you start to panic or shake them or ask them what the heck is wrong with them they are going to freak out and panic too.
I cannot stress it enough that this is bad.
If someone has a seizure and they come out of it, please. please stay calm.
They are likely disoriented and confused, even if it’s only for a minute or two, and you don’t want them panicking on top of that because they can have another seizure as a result.
VERY VERY IMPORTANT
1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”
2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.
3. Doing a study on the danger of white terrorists at the Department of Homeland Security will get you sidelined by angry white Congressmen. Doing studies on other kinds of terrorists is a guaranteed promotion.
4. The family of a white terrorist is interviewed, weeping as they wonder where he went wrong. The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.
5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.
6. White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.
7. White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.
8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.
9. White terrorists are alcoholics, addicts or mentally ill. Other terrorists are apparently clean-living and perfectly sane.
10. There is nothing you can do about white terrorists. Gun control won’t stop them. No policy you could make, no government program, could possibly have an impact on them. But hundreds of billions of dollars must be spent on police and on the Department of Defense, and on TSA, which must virtually strip search 60 million people a year, to deal with other terrorists.
Juan Cole, 08/09/2012
Juan Cole actually wrote this 4 days after a white terrorist, yes, terrorist, murdered 6 and injured 4 people at a Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin. The terrorist who committed said crime spoke of an impending “racial holy war” beforehand and was a member of white supremacist/neo-Nazi hate groups.
Who satisfied predicate P,
The X did thing A,
In a specified way,
Resulting in circumstance C.
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Marginalized people often are prevented from knowing really important things. Things that they need to know in order to live in the world.
Some conversations about things like privilege and oppression are primarily conversations between marginalized people about how to notice what’s going on and live well in a world that hates them.
These are not the same kinds of conversation as general talk about the nature of privilege or how the world works. They’re also not the same as conversations that are oriented towards getting powerful people to care about the problems of marginalized people.
Sometimes, conversations are for peer support and work done between people who are directly affected by an issue. Sometimes they’re for people who need to understand what’s going on in a particular case, without having to explain from the beginning that the issue exists.
And often, those conversations get derailed by privileged people who assume that the conversation has space for them. (Sometimes, very well meaning privileged people who don’t understand that what they are doing is harmful.)
For instance, here’s a way it can play out:
- Some disabled people are talking about body image or feeling physically repulsive after an instance of discrimination
- Then someone comes and says “Hi, I’m wanting to check my able-bodied privilege here. I’ve never heard of this. Why do you feel that way?”
- This can be really derailing and make the problem impossible to discuss, even if the person means well
- Because sometimes you need to discuss these things with people who understand and can have insightful things to say *based on already understanding certain things*
- And it can be really emotionally exhausting to need emotional, intellectual, and conceptual support, and then be interrupted by people who don’t understand and might be skeptical
- Sometimes, you just want to know that you’re not alone
- Sometimes you need to talk to people who have been there and can help you to understand it and to bear it
- People talking about something doesn’t mean they have to be up for talking about the thing with everyone who is interested
- It doesn’t mean that they have to be up for discussing it with every *well meaning* person who is interested, either
- Sometimes that’s not even possible, particularly when just starting to think about and articulate the problem is terrifying and draining (which is really common, especially for people who have never had peer support before and are under attack constantly.)
It’s not always easy to tell which kind of conversation it is, but when marginalized people from a group you’re not part of are talking about something awful they’re dealing with, it’s important to be mindful of the possibility that this is not a conversation you should be participating in.
Some approaches I think help:
- If a blog tells you that it’s for a certain group, and you’re not a member of that group, don’t weigh in on its threads
- If someone tells you to get off their thread on Tumblr, it’s usually important to do so, particularly if it originated from a personal blog
- If you see a conversation that looks like it might be oriented towards people personally experiencing the thing or who have back, and you want to ask a question, ask privately first
- And ask if it’s ok to ask a question about the thing and *be prepared to take no for an answer*
Usual standard note when I’m discussing this topic: This is not that kind of blog - this is a public blog and it’s not for any group in particular. You can ask anything here that you’re sincerely interested it, and it’s ok to comment on things. I reblog things I see when I want to respond or boost; I answer asks when I feel like I have something to say.
But group-specific blogs, spaces, and conversations very much do need to exist, and it’s important to respect that.
This is such a great unpacking of this phenomenon and why it can be harmful.
Really worth reading the whole article.
My book Adaptation has appeared on CBS’ Elementary three times:
- In episode 1.6, “Flight Risk,” which first aired on Nov. 8, 2012
- In episode 1.7, “One Way to Get Off,” which first aired Nov. 15, 2012
- In episode 2.7, “The Marchioness,” which first aired Nov. 7, 2013
Thanks to sharp-eyed reader and Elementary viewer Katherine Jordan for sending me the screencaps for “Flight Risk” and “The Marchioness”!
I don’t know whether the props master at Elementary just happens to like the book cover or whether someone on the show has actually read the book, but I am super tickled that it has made three appearances on this show. I’ve always enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories and this is a fun adaptation (ha — oh wait, is the usage of the book symbolic?!) of those tales. Also, bonus points for putting it in close proximity to Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller!
Anyway, if anybody affiliated with Elementary is reading this, FYI there’s a sequel to Adaptation. It’s called Inheritance, and it’s out now. I’d be happy to send you a copy if you want!
And if this has been a ploy to convince me to watch Elementary, I admit: it’s working. :)
‘Cause people seem to only post the 20-something Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn was the granddaughter of a baron, the daughter of a nazi sympathizer, spent her teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the dutch resistance against the nazis, and spent her post-film career as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, winning the presidential medal of freedom for her efforts.
…and history remembers her as pretty.
AND HISTORY REMEMBERS HER AS PRETTY
this is the first time I have ever seen a picture of her older than 20 and I think that’s scary
I think she looks more beautiful here than she’s ever….. so much wisdom and love in her eyes