leavings of the wolf, and prince of temples

 

robbiebaldwin:

Sworn Virgins: Men by Choice in the Balkans

“Sworn virgins” (burrneshas in Albanian) are Albanian women who decide to ignore their female identity and live as men in the Balkans. Photographer Jill Peters traveled to Northern Albania to meet and photograph these women.  The decision to live as men is more related to gender roles in the Albanian culture rather than a statement of sexuality; these women live their lives appearing as men.

Sworn virgins have existed for centuries. According to tradition dating back to the 15th century developed out of the Kanun, a tribal code of law, tribal clans from the Balkans considered families without a male presence as pariahs. When blood feuds decimated all the men in a family, the only way to salvage their honor was for a woman to become the patriarch of the clan and start acting like a man.

“Becoming a sworn virgin or burrnesha elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the rights and privileges of the male population,” Peters writes on her website.  “In order to manifest the transition, such a woman cut her hair, donned male clothing and sometimes even changed her name. … Most importantly of all, she took a celibacy vow to remain chaste for life.”

Despite the fact that the sworn virgins never marry or have children, “None of them had regrets,” Peters said of the women she spoke to. “They’re very proud of their families, of their nephews and nieces.” And as long as they live an honorable life, they’re respected and treated as important members of society.

Read more at The Slate.

Very, very interesting practise I was otherwise totally unaware of.

blech:

General Electric’s Hardiman I, 1965-71:

Hardiman is a name derived somehow, from “Human Augmentation Research and Development Investigation.” and Man from MANipulator. Sometimes written as HardiMan, Hardi-Man, Hardi Man, Hardiman I. Said to also be officially called the “Powered Exo-skeleton”.

Cybernetic Zoo, via c86

authorityalwayswins:

ARROW Meme | Characters [1/8] Deathstroke

"To kill you now would be a mercy. You cannot die until you have suffered the same way I have suffered, until you have known complete despair,
and you will, I promise.”

bitchinknit:


knittingcountess:

hummusrevolutionaryfront:

'Just had my day brightened up. Big Caribbean army bloke in front of me on the DLR knitting. Old lady turns to him and says “I didn't know men could knit”. He turns to her and in his best Caribbean accent says “No ma'am, the only thing men can't do is have babies. And there's nothing women can't do.” '
DLR= Docklands Light Railway, London

My kind of man!

Great words!

bitchinknit:

knittingcountess:

hummusrevolutionaryfront:

'Just had my day brightened up. Big Caribbean army bloke in front of me on the DLR knitting. Old lady turns to him and says “I didn't know men could knit”. He turns to her and in his best Caribbean accent says “No ma'am, the only thing men can't do is have babies. And there's nothing women can't do.” '

DLR= Docklands Light Railway, London

My kind of man!

Great words!

another look into black women are the most disrespected people on the fucking planet.

mimicryisnotmastery:

onnaollie:

black women get called angry every fucking day but you don’t see us out here shooting up folks at work or schools or bringing kitchen knives to stab people.

nope.

but we’re universally labeled ANGRY BLACK WOMEN.

meanwhile white boys are making youtube videos about WHY DON’T GIRLS WANNA HAVE SEX WITH ME and doing mass shootings. we ain’t gonna hear WHITE MEN ARE ANGRY AND VIOLENT. not at all.

where is the lie