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Obviously This Whole Blog is Socially Constructed

Emily: sloppily femme American lesbian. Part time retail worker. Has vaguely defined aesthetic values. Science fiction, Hindi film, media criticism, leftism, the culture of industrialism, pretty-ass pictures.
Aug 20 '14
"Historically, lavani is the art of the Kolhati women, and it emerged as a construction of the sexuality of the lower caste women in the Peshwa state of the 17th and 18th century in Maharashtra. Although the art of lavani began in the form of Prakrit verses dated between the 1st and 7th century AD reflecting the everyday life of the lower caste communities, in the 13th century it entered the realm of exchange when it became known as performance with the ‘explicit aim of provoking men into handing over their wealth’ (Rege, 1995: 23–24). The Peshwa state simultaneously set about systematically sexualizing lower caste women by intervening in the production of erotic lavanis, while also taking advantage of the dancers’ destitution during famine to enlist them as sexual and agrestic slaves.

The rise of the Marathi theatre in the mid-19th century saw the entry of women from the lavani tamashas, even as middle-class women imbued with a Victorian morality shunned these theatres. These women performers also started theatre companies, with the sangeet barees branching out from them (Rege, 1995: 29–30). While tamasha troupes—which kept lavani alive as a folk art—were dying out, Marathi cinema used the tamasha genre to gain ascendance, thus effecting a revival of the art form. The films, however, kept out the Kolhati women, whose lives as nachees (dancers) remained under patriarchal-male panchayat control. These dancers were prevented from marrying and they had little control over their earnings, as their body and art was symbolically and materially constructed as belonging to the troupe."
Meena Gopal || Caste, Sexuality, and Labour (via dhrupad)
Aug 20 '14

the timid european ground squirrel, stopping to smell the daisies, photographed in vienna by julian rad, who explains, “you have to be at eye level with the squirrels. that means you have to lay on your stomach for quite a few hours in order to get them in front of your lens. you have to make yourself invisible. it is important that they have no indication you are there.” (see also: more precious lil woodland buddies)

Aug 20 '14

angel-cine:

Ghungroo Ki Awaaz (1981)

Aug 20 '14

(Source: wtfsalommy)

Aug 20 '14
teacupnosaucer:

awenyddogamulosx:

ruthlesswoodcarver:

mothensidhe:

fatfury:

omgxchrissy:

cumleak:

deux-zero-deux:

demands-with-menace:

Queen Hatshepsut of Ancient Egypt. She has a lovely smile for someone who’s been dead for thousands of years.

she wasn’t a queen. she was a pharaoh and wanted to be referred to as such. she even had her statues modeled after the male pharaoh’s statues to state her dominance and authority. she was actually one of the most successful pharaohs in all of ancient egyptian history and she reigned longer than any other woman in power in egypt.

damn no wonder she died and smiled for a trillion years afterwards

The fact that we know about her is marvelous.
the next Pharaoh after her Tuthmosis III  tried to erase Hatshepsut out of history ,chiseled her name off her monuments ,covered the text on her obelisks with stone,knocked down and defaced her statues .
she was even left off the list of pharaohs ..talk about some patriarchy bullshit
her name was lost for a couple of millennia, her body was found in a unmarked grave  in early twentieth century
sad part is in Egyptian belief is  if your are forgotten in the living world you don’t exist in the afterlife,so he was trying to kill her even in death 

My best friend throwing down some herstory. A+ commentary

She wore a fake beard, you guys.She was the fucking boss.

If we remember her now does that save her from an awful afterlife?

I’m just picturing the Kemetic afterlife. All the Pharaohs are hanging out in some kind of swanky club, drinking and congratulating each other on being bros. 
The doors slam open and Hatshepsut strides in, glorious, robes swirling, rocking the fake beard and the insane amounts of wealth and power. “Miss me, bitches?” 

this post was amazing from start to finish

teacupnosaucer:

awenyddogamulosx:

ruthlesswoodcarver:

mothensidhe:

fatfury:

omgxchrissy:

cumleak:

deux-zero-deux:

demands-with-menace:

Queen Hatshepsut of Ancient Egypt. She has a lovely smile for someone who’s been dead for thousands of years.

she wasn’t a queen. she was a pharaoh and wanted to be referred to as such. she even had her statues modeled after the male pharaoh’s statues to state her dominance and authority. she was actually one of the most successful pharaohs in all of ancient egyptian history and she reigned longer than any other woman in power in egypt.

damn no wonder she died and smiled for a trillion years afterwards

The fact that we know about her is marvelous.

the next Pharaoh after her Tuthmosis III  tried to erase Hatshepsut out of history ,chiseled her name off her monuments ,covered the text on her obelisks with stone,knocked down and defaced her statues .

she was even left off the list of pharaohs ..talk about some patriarchy bullshit

her name was lost for a couple of millennia, her body was found in a unmarked grave  in early twentieth century

sad part is in Egyptian belief is  if your are forgotten in the living world you don’t exist in the afterlife,so he was trying to kill her even in death 

My best friend throwing down some herstory. A+ commentary

She wore a fake beard, you guys.
She was the fucking boss.

If we remember her now does that save her from an awful afterlife?

I’m just picturing the Kemetic afterlife. All the Pharaohs are hanging out in some kind of swanky club, drinking and congratulating each other on being bros. 

The doors slam open and Hatshepsut strides in, glorious, robes swirling, rocking the fake beard and the insane amounts of wealth and power. “Miss me, bitches?” 

this post was amazing from start to finish

(Source: xxerlflynn)

Aug 20 '14
garden-of-vegan:

fuji apple, grilled avocado, green bell pepper, and onion sandwich on whole wheat, vegetable tofu noodle broth soup (vegetable broth, zucchini, carrot, nori, whole wheat penne noodles, and soft tofu)

garden-of-vegan:

fuji apple, grilled avocado, green bell pepper, and onion sandwich on whole wheat, vegetable tofu noodle broth soup (vegetable broth, zucchini, carrot, nori, whole wheat penne noodles, and soft tofu)

Aug 20 '14

Sorry for all the posts one right after the other. I am on Tumble mobile. I think I’ll be using my queue for some of these from now on

Aug 20 '14
cyprith:

wintergrey:

Reminder that Ferguson is a food desert and school is canceled. People’s movement is restricted. The work of the St Louis Food Bank is vital right now. Help if you can. (x)
STL FOOD BANK

Consider also donating in Michael Brown’s name, as the erin e did above.
Let the Ferguson police department know:

Ferguson Police Department
222 S Florissant Rd
Ferguson, MO 63135
314-522-3100

cyprith:

wintergrey:

Reminder that Ferguson is a food desert and school is canceled. People’s movement is restricted. The work of the St Louis Food Bank is vital right now. Help if you can. (x)

STL FOOD BANK

Consider also donating in Michael Brown’s name, as the erin e did above.

Let the Ferguson police department know:

Ferguson Police Department
222 S Florissant Rd
Ferguson, MO 63135
314-522-3100
Aug 20 '14

iwanttobelikearollingstone:

Michael Roemer's Nothing But A Man

Note: That screen cap above, with the hole in the glass window, is going to be etched into my head for life. Such a simple and effective way of portraying the constant violence they endure on a regular basis, but at the same time, it’s a beautiful image that shows that love can blossom even within the most dangerous confines.

Aug 20 '14

(Source: tinycatfeet)