December72013
December62013

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November82013

The Spirit of Vampirism

praniphagite:

We have all struggled with understanding our nature and what meaning, if any, can be derived from it. Countless members of the community have contributed their voices to this search for understanding, courageously challenging the oppressive and disheartening depictions of us by those who have not shared our struggle. Often, upon discovering or developing a theory that explains our nature, we cling to it and proudly exclaim what we have found only to learn that others in the community define themselves and their experiences quite differently. This is frustrating and invalidating for many of us. How are we to know which theory is correct, if any are? How can so many know with such certainty that their explanation is correct when disparate and mutually exclusive theories abound? Is there some litmus test by which to distinguish “legitimate” vampires from those who merely mimic us or our classical representations? As a community, we need answers to these questions that clearly distinguish us without divisively splintering those within the community with different personal experiences or traditions. Essentially, we need a clear definition of vampirism.

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A Single Vampire Is Mad, Thousands Are a Minority

praniphagite:

Few members of our community go untouched by anti-vampire prejudice. For those of us brave enough to publicly acknowledge our natures, the vulgar assumptions by others about our habits or mental health are insulting and can even threaten our safety and our freedom. Those among us who understandably choose a higher level of discretion to avoid the threats posed by an ill-informed and potentially dangerous society often live in an exhausting state of perpetual hypervigilance, feeling compelled to conceal an integral part of their identities. These conditions are familiar to me, personally, not only as a vampire but as a gay man. Thankfully, the prevailing attitudes regarding sexual minorities, as illuminated in large part by changes in representation in media, are shifting toward greater acceptance and threats of violence and forcible institutionalization are much abated. The vampire community, on the other hand, continues to find itself consistently depicted as insidious, predatory creatures fixated on victimizing innocent, unsuspecting people. The representation of minorities in this way more or less summarizes the propaganda used to marginalize every oppressed community throughout history. Learning from the hard-won successes and continuing battles of those who have had to fight to combat irrational and vilifying depictions of their community could offer invaluable encouragement and insight into our own.

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June192013
June122013
mia2310:

Just what I’ve been up to today. Stupid facebook.

Stupid Facebook, indeed. And yet Mark Zuckerberg thinks breastfeeding photos are “obscene.” He is an execrable excuse for a human being.

mia2310:

Just what I’ve been up to today. Stupid facebook.

Stupid Facebook, indeed. And yet Mark Zuckerberg thinks breastfeeding photos are “obscene.” He is an execrable excuse for a human being.

(Source: satan-is-my-co-pilot)

June112013
May212013
edwardianera:

“Suffrage Triumphant, 1919

edwardianera:

“Suffrage Triumphant, 1919

May152013

2brwngrls:

Oh, goodie! More racist fashion editorials! 

This time, it’s Diva magazine’s photospread entitled “Be My Slave.” Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel decided, for whatever reason, that the best way to showcase her fashions was via these seriously offensive images, which feature a white model clad in chic duds, accompanied by a little boy playing her “slave.

When confronted about the photos, Aqeel insisted that the spread’s concept was to bring awareness to child labor, and that the fact that the boy is dark-skinned and dressed in ~*tribal*~ gear was purely coincidental. 

However International Herald Tribune writer Salima Feerasta has quite rightly called bullshit on Aqeel’s flimsly excuse, sayingIt’s facetious of the designer to claim that she was trying to stimulate a debate on child labour. The model wearing her clothes is clearly comfortable with her dominant position. She is not made up in a way that shows her to be the villain of the piece. The use of a dark skinned child in a shoot entitled “Be My Slave” certainly reeks of racism, however much the designer may deny it. And if anything, the shoot seems to condone child labour.”

What do you guys think? Will the fashion world ever get a clue?

GRRRRR

(Source: 2brwngrls)

May132013
11PM

Meanwhile, I guess this one counts more as a Victor/Viktor. I’m posting this because shortly after I posted the picture of me (above) to my husband’s Facebook page, one of his SCA friends from the Cleftlands complimented him on his “excellent picture.” Of himself. I don’t look THAT much like my husband, I don’t think, but apparently there is just enough resemblance, either in facial lines or in expressions or something, that we can be mistaken for each other if someone isn’t looking too carefully. I’ve also been asked on occasion if he’s my brother - that, before people realize that no, we’re not siblings, we’re spouses, and it’s not a Ptolemy marriage or a Lannister relationship either, if you get my meaning…

I’m actually flattered when people mistake me for him, and vice versa. I read somewhere that married couples can eventually start to resemble each other if they’ve been together long enough. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but there’s something quite tickling about not only being assumed on cursory glance to be a man (given that on some days, I am), but also assumed to be my life partner (which of course I’m not).

Maybe I just have an odd sense of humour.

11PM

Another Victor/Victoria pairing. Yes, these are both me. And I’m actually wearing Gunne Sax in BOTH pictures, although I’m pretty sure the tuxedo shirt on the left is the only Gunne Sax item I can wear while in gender-neutral or masculine moods. I mean, come on. It’s Gunne Sax.

May12013

sandandglass:

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First, do no harm - to people who have their papers. All others may be treated as subhuman.

Barbaric.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

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