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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: virile. 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 thewaking)

Literally the most important thing you will read today.

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naturally, ‘virile’ retains its original meaning

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Lingerie for men is a thing — and it’s pretty awesome 

Every holiday season, the Angels of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show gallantly spread their wings on the runway for a national TV audience. Who’s to say a man couldn’t don a lace bra and panties and feel just as confident and sexy?

Enter HommeMystere, a Brisbane, Australia-based online store and design studio whose sole mission is to make lingerie that’s “fun, unique and comfortable” for men. In the process, the company and the men who model for them are challenging some of our most entrenched gender stereotypes.

They’ve got “angels” of their own | Follow micdotcom

This is glorious.

Well fuck me sideways this is amazing

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Walker_4 by IgorKieryluk

— Igor Kieryluk


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ok but hear me out- what about a lightning bolt scar that looked like real lightning?

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So uh… this is a thing.

I’m torn about this series.  On one hand, it could be amazing, but it could also be terrible.  Then again, even if it is completely amazing, I worry that it would be similar to what I said in this post about ruining the natural imagination of the reader.  I’m really excited to see this, but at this point, the only person I trust with creating my imaginations is Peter Jackson.

I wonder when it will be released..

Either way, bless Eric Heisserer for his excitement about the books and his work on the series

I used to be very sceptical of books made into movies or tv series, but I made peace with it. Adaptions will always just be that, adaptions. Some are very point on, some are not. After all, an adaption of whatever sort will always be an interpretation of the original, praising the amazing work, and not trying to be the same.

(^ my comment above but also:) CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS THOUGH. finally it is coming to the screens and I am screeching like a little child omg.

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