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jaded-mandarin:

Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, 17th Century.

jaded-mandarin:

Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, 17th Century.

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— 11 hours ago with 53 notes
#Art  #Inspiration 
"

My mistrust is not, as one might expect, primarily a result of the violent acts done on my body, nor the vicious humiliations done to my dignity. It is, instead, born of the multitude of mundane betrayals that mark my every relationship with a man—the casual rape joke, the use of a female slur, the careless demonization of the feminine in everyday conversation, the accusations of overreaction, the eyerolling and exasperated sighs in response to polite requests to please not use misogynist epithets in my presence or to please use non-gendered language (“humankind”).

There are the jokes about women, about wives, about mothers, about raising daughters, about female bosses. They are told in my presence by men who are meant to care about me, just to get a rise out of me, as though I am meant to find funny a reminder of my second-class status. I am meant to ignore that this is a bullying tactic, that the men telling these jokes derive their amusement specifically from knowing they upset me, piss me off, hurt me. They tell them and I can laugh, and they can thus feel superior, or I can not laugh, and they can thus feel superior. Heads they win, tails I lose. I am used as a prop in an ongoing game of patriarchal posturing, and then I am meant to believe it is true when some of the men who enjoy this sport, in which I am their pawn, tell me, “I love you.” I love you, my daughter. I love you, my niece. I love you, my friend. I am meant to trust these words.

There are the occasions that men—intellectual men, clever men, engaged men—insist on playing devil’s advocate, desirous of a debate on some aspect of feminist theory or reproductive rights or some other subject generally filed under the heading: Women’s Issues. These intellectual, clever, engaged men want to endlessly probe my argument for weaknesses, want to wrestle over details, want to argue just for fun—and they wonder, these intellectual, clever, engaged men, why my voice keeps raising and why my face is flushed and why, after an hour of fighting my corner, hot tears burn the corners of my eyes. Why do you have to take this stuff so personally? ask the intellectual, clever, and engaged men, who have never considered that the content of the abstract exercise that’s so much fun for them is the stuff of my life.

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— 11 hours ago with 3023 notes
#Feminism  #Article  #Quote 
the-fairestprincess:

Mythology Picspam → Quan Yin

Kwan Yin (“She Who Hears the Prayers of the World”) was originally the mother goddess of China, who proved so popular She was adopted into the Buddhist pantheon as a bodhisattva. A bodhisattva is a person who has attained enlightenment but chooses to forgo Nirvana and remain in the world to help others attain enlightenment. Kwan Yin’s specialty is compassion, and She is known as the Goddess of Mercy. Before She became a bodhisattva, Kwan Yin was a princess named Miao Shan. As Miao Shan She endured many trials, especially from Her father, who wanted Her to marry. But She refused, and instead dedicated Her life to Buddhism. (x)

the-fairestprincess:

Mythology Picspam  Quan Yin

Kwan Yin (“She Who Hears the Prayers of the World”) was originally the mother goddess of China, who proved so popular She was adopted into the Buddhist pantheon as a bodhisattva. A bodhisattva is a person who has attained enlightenment but chooses to forgo Nirvana and remain in the world to help others attain enlightenment. Kwan Yin’s specialty is compassion, and She is known as the Goddess of Mercy. Before She became a bodhisattva, Kwan Yin was a princess named Miao Shan. As Miao Shan She endured many trials, especially from Her father, who wanted Her to marry. But She refused, and instead dedicated Her life to Buddhism. (x)

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— 13 hours ago with 865 notes
#Mythology  #Chinese Mythology  #Quan Yin  #Inspiration 
medievalpoc:

Contemporary Art Week!
Valiant Guard
Chris Rahn for Magic: The Gathering, 2008

medievalpoc:

Contemporary Art Week!

Valiant Guard

Chris Rahn for Magic: The Gathering, 2008

— 18 hours ago with 1249 notes
#Art  #Chris Rahn  #Inspiration 

Alternative names for the Mass Effect games 

(Source: paragon-playthrough, via petimetrek)

— 18 hours ago with 2304 notes
#Mass effect  #Mass effect 2  #Mass Effect 3 

sansastartk:

My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel.

dairtodestiel asked: Sansa Stark or Fiona Gallagher

(via fuckyeahsansastark)

— 18 hours ago with 849 notes
#A Song of Ice and Fire  #ASoIaF  #Sansa Stark  #Sophie Turner  #Inspiration  #Gif  #Gif Set 
little-pauline:

little-pauline:

MYTHOLOGY MEME: Dionysus, Greek Mythology. 
Dionysus, also commonly known by his Roman name Bacchus, appears to be a god who has two distinct origins. On the one hand, Dionysus was the god of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature, who is also the patron god of the Greek stage. On the other hand, Dionysus also represents the outstanding features of mystery religions, such as those practiced at Eleusis: ecstasy, personal delivery from the daily world through physical or spiritual intoxication, and initiation into secret rites. Scholars have long suspected that the god known as Dionysus is in fact a fusion of a local Greek nature god, and another more potent god imported rather late in Greek pre-history from Phrygia (the central area of modern day Turkey) or Thrace.
He was depicted as either an older bearded god or a pretty effeminate, long-haired youth. His attributes included the thyrsos, drinking cup, leopard and fruiting vine. His thyrsus is sometimes wound with ivy and dripping with honey. It is a beneficent wand but also a weapon, and can be used to destroy those who oppose his cult and the freedoms he represents.


The festival for Dionysus is in the spring when the leaves begin to reappear on the vine. It became one of the most important events of the year. It’s focus became the theater. Most of the great greek plays were initially written to be performed at the feast of Dionysus. All who took part writers, actors, spectators were regarded as sacred servants of Dionysus during the festival.

little-pauline:

little-pauline:

MYTHOLOGY MEME: Dionysus, Greek Mythology. 

Dionysus, also commonly known by his Roman name Bacchus, appears to be a god who has two distinct origins. On the one hand, Dionysus was the god of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature, who is also the patron god of the Greek stage. On the other hand, Dionysus also represents the outstanding features of mystery religions, such as those practiced at Eleusis: ecstasy, personal delivery from the daily world through physical or spiritual intoxication, and initiation into secret rites. Scholars have long suspected that the god known as Dionysus is in fact a fusion of a local Greek nature god, and another more potent god imported rather late in Greek pre-history from Phrygia (the central area of modern day Turkey) or Thrace.

He was depicted as either an older bearded god or a pretty effeminate, long-haired youth. His attributes included the thyrsos, drinking cup, leopard and fruiting vine. His thyrsus is sometimes wound with ivy and dripping with honey. It is a beneficent wand but also a weapon, and can be used to destroy those who oppose his cult and the freedoms he represents.

The festival for Dionysus is in the spring when the leaves begin to reappear on the vine. It became one of the most important events of the year. It’s focus became the theater. Most of the great greek plays were initially written to be performed at the feast of Dionysus. All who took part writers, actors, spectators were regarded as sacred servants of Dionysus during the festival.

(via the-writers-ramblings)

— 1 day ago with 153 notes
#Mythology  #Greek Mythology  #Dionysus  #Inspiration 

edwards-kenway:

Scenery in Assassin’s Creed trailers (requested by x)

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— 1 day ago with 2517 notes
#assasins creed  #Inspiration  #Gif  #Gif set 

colinmorgs:

HISTORY MEME: (3/6) women: Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth Tudor is considered by many to be the greatest monarch in English history. When she became queen in 1558, she was twenty-five years old, a survivor of scandal and danger, and considered illegitimate by most Europeans. She inherited a bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord, a weakened pawn between the great powers of France and Spain. She was only the third queen to rule England in her own right; the other two examples, her cousin Lady Jane Grey and half-sister Mary I, were disastrous. Even her supporters believed her position dangerous and uncertain. Her only hope, they counseled, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband for support. But Elizabeth had other ideas.

She ruled alone for nearly half a century, lending her name to a glorious epoch in world history. She dazzled even her greatest enemies. Her sense of duty was admirable, though it came at great personal cost. She was committed above all else to preserving English peace and stability; her genuine love for her subjects was legendary. Only a few years after her death in 1603, they lamented her passing. In her greatest speech to Parliament, she told them, ‘I count the glory of my crown that I have reigned with your love.’ And five centuries later, the worldwide love affair with Elizabeth Tudor continues.

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— 1 day ago with 1787 notes
#History  #Royalty  #Elizabeth I  #Elizabeth Tudor  #House Tudor  #Inspiration 
bonjourtableau:

Diane, 1872, Jules-Élie Delaunay, Musée d’Orsay

bonjourtableau:

Diane, 1872, Jules-Élie Delaunay, Musée d’Orsay

(via centuriespast)

— 1 day ago with 194 notes
#Art  #Jules-Élie Delaunay  #Inspiration 

Krikor Jabotian - Spring Summer 2014
Krikor Jabotian - Spring Summer 2014

(Source: downeyo, via the-writers-ramblings)

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she-loves-fashion:

Zuhair Murad Haute Couture F/W 2008-09

she-loves-fashion:

Zuhair Murad Haute Couture F/W 2008-09

— 1 day ago with 260 notes
#Fashion  #Zuhair  #Murad  #Inspiration