Okay, so, as I have, quite literally, not seen a SINGLE post about this on my Tumblr, I figured I’d share. Last night (I believe it was), the Supreme Court of India has reversed a ruling set out in 2009 which decriminalised same-sex relationships.
In other words, in 2009 same-sex relationships were made legal. That has now been reversed, so it now, once again, illegal to be gay in India.
The fight for equal rights in India has literally gone backwards with this ruling instead of forwards.
This needs attention. This needs people talking about it.
What You Don’t Know About Beauty and the Beast:
Some backstory: due to this little discussion, I was considering writing a continuation/expansion of Beauty and the Beast. I read up on it and found out everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.
-It was created by one, singular, female author in 1740: Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
-It is not a retelling of a pervasive folklore like Perrault’s Cinderella, for example. It was influenced by folklore but is an original story and is very “post” the fairy tales you might be familiar with. The story is also influenced by women who gathered together and told each other revisions of fairy tales in Parisian salons.
-It’s over 100 pages long
-Though written simply and in a straightforward manner, the characters have personalities and are much more complex in their emotions than a normal folkloric tale. They behave in a diverse and fairly realistic manner to their situations. The Beast’s mother in particular is a complex woman, protective of her son and a capable military leader but not progressive in her attitude towards marrying below your station.
-Women are overwhelmingly the masters of the plot and outnumber the men in number and priority.
Female players include:
A nice Fairy
A jerk Fairy (called Mother of the Seasons)
The Queen of the Fairies
A Fairy-who-is-a-Queen (these are different)
A Queen/the Beast’s mother
Belle’s shallow (though fairly realistically so) sisters who are treated as a collective
-It contains considerable world-building. Fairy language, Fairy law, Fairy influence over monarchies, Fairy hierarchy, Fairy magic are all things she depicts. (eat your heart out, Tolkien fans).
-The curse is broken halfway through the book. The rest is devoted to comments on class, monarchy, marrying for love vs. status, appropriate conditions for love, and marrying below your station among other things.
-The Beast is cursed to punish his mother.
-The book’s plot turns out to be entirely due to the machinations of The Mother of the Seasons and the long-game trap/revenge story orchestrated by the Nice Fairy to defeat The Mother of the Seasons Fairy.
-The book takes place in a specific time period rather than in a nebulous “before-time”, somewhere, as I figure, between 1669 to the early 1700s. It might even be contemporaneous to when it was published. It references the age piracy, revolutions, the merchant class, the presence of slavery, Belle watching comedies, operas, and plays the Fair of St. Germain, and a Janissary battle.
-The Beast’s Queen mother led troops into battle for several years, put down a revolt and defeated an encroaching enemy monarch.
And this is only a partial list.
If you’d like to read the original version by Madame de Villeneuve, it’s collected in a book by J. R. Blanche.
It’s available for free:
Archive.org (they don’t mention her name in the author list but it’s there)
so i’m at the military base library listening to a conversation between two young marines and one said “immaculate” in a sentence and the other was like “well i don’t understand that big fuckin word you just said” then he turns to me “do you understand what he said because i fuckin don’t” and the other guy was appalled like "CAN’T YOU SEE SHE’S A LADY? where are your manners marine?” and he panics like “oh shit- aw fuck- i mEAN- sorry ma’am frick”
u never truly appreciate how nice it is to be able to breathe through your nose until u get a cold
Imagine the glorious moment when we get to Marathon all the Hobbit movies
and then LOTR right after
A handy reference guide!
And I totally heard Gandalf in my head reciting the names
I heard him, too
still the best thing thats ever come out of his mouth
According to the captions of the first Thor movie, the battle between the Jotuns and Asgardians take place in Norway, 965 AD. Around this time, Loki was born.
In Thor 2 the life expectancy was stated to be around 5,000. The average human life in developed countries from what I’ve gathered is approximately 82.
Therefore, in human years Loki is somewhere around 17.
#are you telling me loki is just going through his rebellious teenage emo stage
I appreciate soap so much because look at it
so much time and careful handiwork must go into making these
some are pretty beautiful
or wicked adorable
you can give it to a loved one
or just sit there and drool at it
but you dudes had better appreciate the heck out of your soap
The Soap Fandom doesn’t fuck around.