what to wear when…in a syrian fairy tale.
the most popular types of syrian story structures [are] the gissa (story), the hikaya (tale), and the hudutha (episode).
their purpose on the most explicit level is didactic - that is, to teach lessons in morality and social values or simply to inform about the ways of the world. the stories are presented as serious narratives that are true enough to life so that they might have happened without resort to miraculous or superhuman intervention. in general, this approach means that the actors are human, or, if animals are the main characters, that they behave in a way consistent with reality; that is, they don’t talk or otherwise behave as human beings.
a number of conventions and formulae are found in the narratives. many are based on the didactic device of repetition…a common device in arabic, as in english, is to present a point in three repetitious actions…some of the tales appeared in rhyming verse.
[syrian fairy tales] differ from the usual arabic literary tradition. in general, arabic prefers an elaborate, embellished plot, replete with florid descriptive passages. but instead, the narratives appearing here are usually composed in a spare, restrained style that outlines only the critical elements of the plot…detail is used only when the plot requires elaboration of a point to make a conclusion more plausible.
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BUTCH is a environmental portraiture project and exploration of the butch aesthetic, identity and presentation of female masculinity as it stands in 2013-14. It is a celebration of those who dwell outside of the stringent social binary that separates the sexes and a glimpse into the private and often unseen spaces of people who exude their authentic sense of self.
BUTCH is a celebration of those who choose to exist and identify outside of this binary that has never allowed any accepted crossover. BUTCH is inviting viewers into private lives of female masculinity and suggesting a resilience in nature’s insistence that there is more depth to masculinity and femininity than societal norms care to entertain. Who is policing gender presentation, and why? The fashion world has been asking the same question for ages. Are we ready for the answers now? It is undeniable that we are born with the sex organs that we are born with, but why are so we threatened by what others choose to claim as their gender presentation? Are we ready for these explanations? Or are we more afraid of the question? - keep reading
Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
literature meme: [2/3] genres, science fiction
"Science fiction is the branch of literature that deals with the responses of human beings to changes in science and technology." - Isaac Asimov
The first true science fiction novel was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Her novel explored the questions of life and death and the role of a creator in relation to his creations. Questions like those and others, coupled with the cutting edge of science have inspired the author and reader alike since that time. Novels such as Dune, Ender’s Game, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, and more are all various types of science fiction novels. +more
The Braided Rapunzels of Africa
The hairstyle currently making you do a double-take is known as Eembuvi Braids, worn by women of the Mbalantu tribes from the Namibia. It’s a style that requires preparation from a young age, usually around twelve years old, when Mbalantu girls use thick layers of finely ground tree bark and oils– a mixture that is said to be the secret to growing their hair to such lengths.
The girls will live with this thick fat-mixture on their scalp for several years before it’s loosened and the hair becomes visible. It will then be braided and styled into various gravity-defying headresses throughout their life.
Next time they call ur long braids “ghetto”. Well somebody….
give yourself over to the wolf. let it eat the parts of you that are sick, that are damaged beyond salvage. let the wolf in and let it clean house, and let it leave again. the wolf knows which parts must be swallowed. you do not need what it takes, and where it bites you the wounds will heal. let the wolf in and let it eat you, and let it leave again.