Other parts of ancient Eurasia had traditions of third-gender spirit-people. Herodotus and Hippocrates both discuss the “enarees”, or male-to-female transsexual shamans among the ancient Scythians, who “mutilated” their genitalia and took on female roles. They were said to be the most powerful shamans of their people. Ovid actually claimed that some Scythian priestesses knew how to extract “female poison” distilled from the urine of a mare in heat, with which to dose men in order to feminize them. The average person might throw this off as silliness, if they didn’t know that pregnant mare’s urine is the main source of Premarin, the most widely used estrogen drug today. They also ate a lot of licorice root - so popular among them that the Greeks to whom they exported it referred to it as “the Scythian root” - which is also an anti-androgen.
[…] the relationship between gay subcultures and the putatively heterosexual mainstream are far more complex and contradictory than the charge of assimilation can accommodate. Assimilationist critiques of gay marketing tend to posit a relation between an authentic gay subculture and a corrupting mainstream that is strikingly reminiscent of classic high-culture vs. mass culture debates. Herbert Gans summarizes two centuries of these debates thus: mass culture is aesthetically vulgar, whereas high culture has artistic merits; mass culture is corrupted by its commercial imperatives, while high culture is not compromised by the need to make money; mass culture has a negative effect on high culture, adopting and polluting the latter’s forms and luring potential high-culture producers into producing mass products; and mass culture has a negative effect on audiences and society more generally, lowering the levels of “taste” and producing media that “‘narcotize’ and ‘atomize’ people… render[ing] them susceptible to techniques of mass persuasion that skilled demagogues can use to abrogate democracy”. Gans counters each of these suppositions with examples to the contrary, arguing that there are no absolute definable boundaries between high and low culture, tastes, or audiences, but that these distinctions are created to protect the interests of elite social groups.

“If you really believe that representation doesn’t matter, then why the fuck are you threatened by it? If not seeing yourself depicted in stories has no negative psychological impact - if the breakdown of who we see on screen has no bearing on wider social issues - then what would it matter if nine stories out of ten were suddenly all about queer brown women? No big, right? It wouldn’t change anything important; just a few superficial details. Because YOU can identify with ANYONE.

So I guess the problem is that you just don’t want to. Because deep down, you think it’ll make stories worse. And why is that? Oh, yeah: because it means they wouldn’t all be about YOU.”

jaykob-michael:

mahramore:

shots fired

oooooooooo

Nobody does hypocrisy like the religious fanatics. Also, Ricky Gervais is a very great person.

jaykob-michael:

mahramore:

shots fired

oooooooooo

Nobody does hypocrisy like the religious fanatics. Also, Ricky Gervais is a very great person.

Anita Bryant, outspoken anti-gay campaigner, gets a pie to the face in 1977. Afterways she quipped “at least it was a fruit pie”, started to pray and then burst into tears. x

Someone order hatepie?

(Source: BornThisWayBlog.com)

e-pic: foucault-the-haters:

Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to share it in solidarity. (x)

e-pic: foucault-the-haters:

Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to share it in solidarity. (x)

John Cho on saying no to Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage. [x]

(Source: dearlywatson)

the-faceless-men-of-braavos:

eh




When people say it’s a stupid, superficial thing to avoid eating at Chik-Fil-A just because you disagree with the politics of the higher-ups, I assume those people don’t realize Chik-Fil-A profits are pumped into organizations that literally support legislation to execute gay people.
When people are actively spreading bigotry, it’s not superficial to take your business elsewhere.

the-faceless-men-of-braavos:

eh

When people say it’s a stupid, superficial thing to avoid eating at Chik-Fil-A just because you disagree with the politics of the higher-ups, I assume those people don’t realize Chik-Fil-A profits are pumped into organizations that literally support legislation to execute gay people.

When people are actively spreading bigotry, it’s not superficial to take your business elsewhere.

(Source: coelasquid)

robomattic:

this right here is why the internets exist. 

robomattic:

this right here is why the internets exist. 

When gays get so angry about a chicken sandwich, it is because Chick-fil-A has given around $5 million to fight to discriminate against us. When we praise brave Eagle Scouts who give up their badges in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s prejudice, it’s not about scoring political points; it’s because there are kids in dens who are being taught to believe that they are less than equal. When we rant about the pastor who preaches that gays should be thrown into a concentration camp, we scream out of fear. And our fears are justified — in the last seven days, a lesbian in Nebraska was carved with a knife, a gay man in Oklahoma was firebombed, and a girl in Kentucky was kicked and beaten — her jaw broken and her teeth knocked out — while her assailants allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs at her.

cellazar-slytherin:

Gay rights activists: known universally for their awesome signs

(Source: b0kon0n)

meandnothingless:

Got a problem with gay marriage? How about gay rights in general? Want to know what the Bible REALLY says about homosexuality? PLEASE reblog this soeveryone can be educated. 

kuhnsthegoon:

Henry Rollins talking about being anti-homophobic and the importance of gay rights, because he is a fucking badass.

He brings up a lot of things and is also just talking about equality in general. Good stuff.

(Source: dadsinthepit)

teenysidhe:

This is a beautiful version of this song. Such expressive signing fits perfectly with the emotion of the song.

birdsonawir3:

ASL Gotye “Somebody I Used to Know” (HiDef) (by azora2hands)

Explosive news out of Australia: in an interview with LGBT journalists Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon, a senior Salvation Army official said that non-celibate LGBT people should be put to death.