posts like that moon goddess virgin bullshit make me so fucking annoyed but also so sad at the same time, bc they’re so clearly people searching desperately for some group, any group,no matter how blatantly unlikely it is, that wasn’t totally shit to women. so you end up with people being like ‘but in GREEK civilisation’ or ‘but in PERSIA’ or ‘but in the CELTIC TRIBES’ and its like no. none of these groups respected women. none of these groups treated women, as a group, well.  the number of civilisations that respected women - and i do mean ‘respected ALL women’, not ‘respected mothers’ or ‘respected virgins’ or ‘were afraid of their fathers’ or ‘respected able-bodied women who could fight like men’ or ‘respected these three mythological female figures and didn’t give a shit about real people’ or whatever - is vanishingly small, and you can’t explain that away by pointing to some magical noble savage moon goddess bullshit that some hippy made up in 1973 and act like that makes it all okay

The whole triple-moon-goddess nonsense was made up by Robert Graves, who wrote a stunningly badly researched book of Greek myths (and then poetry) which was lapped up by people. There have been societies with Great Goddesses, who were seen as mother figures, but they were an abstraction of the fertility of the entire world. Matrilineal succession may have existed because it was a more logical way of tracking descent of a family — a woman giving birth knows that a child came out of them — but the instances of polyandry were for the purpose of having stronger children to carry on the line if a man was unable to. The ruling female of a demesne may have been considered the high priestess of their religion but that did not mean they were in charge of anything. They would have been a figurehead, existing for special occasions and in particular confines, rather than being a supreme ruler, and in societies where there was constant warfare, they would have had even less. Girls were still married off at a young age (~12 - 14 in Ancient Rome).

As for the notion of ‘virgin’ as contained in that post, SOMEONE HAS NOTE DONE THEIR LATIN PROPERLY. Vir is a noun meaning male; virilis is an adjective meaning manly; virgin comes from virga, which itself has a general meaning of ‘young branch’. Just because the words look alike does not mean they have the same etymological descent.

The idea of prehistoric matriarchal societies has been around for a long time (and there’s a biiiig difference between matriarchal, matrilineal, and matrifocal); it exists primarily as a way for men to go ‘hurr hurr glad we got out of that isn’t our patriarchy so great and balanced and organised?’ and be glad that we’ve moved on from a past, primitive state. Prehistorical matriarchal societies were conceived to be insulting, that they were something that we had moved past, and such societies (hey look at Ancient Greek attitudes to the myth of Amazonian women) were seen as barbaric and something to be glad about being history rather than the present.

You can’t reclaim something if there is nothing there in the first place.

tagged: women  history 


it has been unseasonably cool lately so I’ve been sitting in my backyard doodling trees a bunch. spooky spooky trees




There are a bunch of human shaped gates in the middle of Times Square….and people are trying to fit themselves in them…..holy shit…..

The Enigma of Times Square Fault.



It was nice to meet some of you at SDCC. This craft-project would have bee useful at times during that humid span of days. I recommend printing out on sturdy stock!


It was nice to meet some of you at SDCC. This craft-project would have bee useful at times during that humid span of days. I recommend printing out on sturdy stock!






Yūga being extra smooth while performing Moonlight Legend at Japan Expo (x)

Tuxedo Mask becomes so much more compelling to me when played by a woman, sign me up, I am HERE for this.

That wink

breathes heavily

that wink

Lady Tuxedo Mask is the best Tuxedo Mask.

And focusing on Marvel and DC at the expense of the dozens of other publishers in comics, and then declaring comics a failure at San Diego Comic-Con, is incredibly myopic. It’s a mistake to think that Marvel and DC are all that mattered, that their new events or announcements dictate the future of capital-c Comics. Marvel and DC are comics, just like the other publishers, and they make some great ones when they let the creators do their own thing. But at this point? You can’t treat them like the entirety of the comics industry, or even two companies that can dictate the future of comics. They run the movies, and that’s cool, but running comics? It’s just not true any more. Image in particular outsells Marvel in the book market as far as trade paperbacks go, and that holds true in the comics market lately, too. That’s no coincidence. People enjoy Marvel and DC, but they want more than Marvel and DC.

If the announcements from the Big Two felt lackluster, but the fans still had a great time, how did comics fail? That sounds like a Marvel & DC problem. Vertical debuted Moyoco Anno’s brand new book In Clothes Called Fat at the show, a comic geared toward adult women. They sold out of Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday?, a romance/cooking comic. At Image, we sold out of Greg Tocchini & Rick Remender’s Low, an aquatic sci-fi tale, and Nick Dragotta & team’s Howtoons, a comic geared toward getting kids interested in the science through practical play. Boom! burned through Lumberjanes, a comic about girls at camp. These aren’t your normal comics, and people were eating them up.

After two bad “Comic-Con was bad for comics!”/”Comic-Con was good for comics!” pieces, io9 lets iamdavidbrothers do his thing, and the result is—surprise surprise—a great piece that’s head and shoulders above the traditional (print) comic coverage on the site*.

(* I specify print because Lauren does really good webcomics stuff over there, because Lauren is great.)

tagged: comics 


Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865 – 1931)

Lemminkäinen’s Mother, 1897

In the Finnish epic Kalevala, Lemminkäinen drowns in the river of the underworld while attempting to capture the Black Swan. His mother fishes her dead son’s body parts from the river and sews him back together. The only thing that can restore his life is a drop of honey from the dwelling of Ukko, the God of the Sky.

In this painting, Lemminkäinen’s mother waits for the bee to deliver the precious drop of honey to revive her son.


History’s first forensic murder investigation, China, 1235 AD

In 1247 AD during the Song Dynasty of China, a book called Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified also known as The Washing Away of Wrongs was first published by Song Ci, a Chinese coroner and detective.  Essentially the book was a guide for early coroners, detailing how to determine cause of death based on forensic science.  Divided into 53 chapters and five volumes, the work details the case studies and personal observations of Song Ci. Incredibly advanced for its time, the book covers topics such as anatomy, the decay of corpses, details the wounds made by different weapons, appearance of corpses from various causes of death, and postmortem examination methods.

Among the case studies of The Washing Away of Wrongs is an anecdote now considered to be the first case of forensic entomology in history.  In 1235 AD a man was found stabbed, slashed, and hacked to death in a small village. The local magistrate inspected the victims wounds, then tested various types of blades on animal corpses, which allowed him to determine that the weapon used was a common farming sickle.   According to Song Ci, a brilliant plan was created by the magistrate to determine who was the murderer,

The local magistrate began the investigation by calling all the local peasants who could be suspects into the village square. Each was to carry their hand sickles to the town square with them. Once assembled, the magistrate ordered the ten-or-so suspects to place their hand sickles on the ground in front of them and then step back a few yards. The afternoon sun was warm and as the villagers, suspects, and magistrates waited, bright shiny metallic green flies began to buzz around them in the village square. The shiny metallic colored flies then began to focus in on one of the hand sickles lying on the ground. Within just a few minutes many had landed on the hand sickle and were crawling over it with interest. None of the other hand sickles had attracted any of these pretty flies. The owner of the tool became very nervous, and it was only a few more moments before all those in the village knew who the murderer was. With head hung in shame and pleading for mercy, the magistrate led the murderer away. The witnesses of the murder were the brightly metallic colored flies known as the blow flies which had been attracted to the remaining bits of soft tissue, blood, bone and hair which had stuck to the hand sickle after the murder was committed. The knowledge of the village magistrate as to a specific insect group’s behavior regarding their attraction to dead human tissue was the key to solving this violent act and justice was served in China.

Today The Washing Away of Wrongs has been translated into several different languages, with modern forensic scientists adding their own anecdotes and studies.  It has been esteemed by generations of public service officials and is often required reading in criminology today.

tagged: history