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"The fabric of existence weaves itself whole. You cannot set art off in the corner and hope for it to have vitality, reality, and substance." --Charles Ives

That awkward moment when you have to introduce your polycule to your dad in their moon destroyer room but you’re now 50 or 60 years older than him and his weird roommate/moon destroyer crafting mentor who kidnaps children and has almost tried to murder you before is spider crawling across the ceiling while the old werewolf you’re maybe gonna fuck is licking magic fae rocks while your mom covers your mad max fury road chicken car tracks

It's such a long shot but god how fucking funny if this older white-haired elf was Ludinus Da'leth, having run to Marquet because Caleb already has a track record of systematically taking out long time Assembly members and Ludinus is a self-preserving bastard.

Okay, I know I said it's a long shot, but I went to the wiki, because I was like, "This seems like a pretty generic older elf description, I don't recall if Ludinus had a cane, I think he had blue robes but yanno, in general maybe it's not that close—" and just

This is almost word. for. word. what Matt described tonight.

Like it is still a fairly general description, yeah, but... HELLO???

Convergent evolution is wild, bc like, crabs keep evolving to look the same but aren’t closely related, nature is just like: BIG MEATY CLAWS, little legs, pincers, head, tiny eyes, let’s do it again!

and trees look the same but oak trees are more closely related to rose bushes than they are pine trees, fucked up

nature just likes these damns shapes:

but on the other hand, mammals flying with powered flight?? That shit only happened ONCE and it had to do some janky shit to get there, especially with bat immune systems

like bat’s immune systems are HYPER-POWERED as well as repress most of their inflammatory reactions because in order to fly they needed a bonkers-high metabolic rate which unfortunately also create waste products from the process called “free radicals” that damage cells

however, despite these free radicals they manage to live up to FORTY YEARS, which is super long for a species their size, because their immune system are basically always ON and in an anti-viral state that make them incubators for disease due to warfare between their jacked immune systems and disease 

bats are so gdamn weird, I love them, no other mammal has been able to copy off their homework and accomplish the same shape, and for that they are the anti-crab of the natural world, God bless

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It really worked out for them too, like it’s a hell of a lane and they have it all to themselves, so they’ve really filled their niche.  There are more bats than almost any other kind of mammal. Like, there are a higher number of individual bats, but also the most KINDS of bat.

For example there are about 30 million white-tailed deer alive in the world, whereas there are 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats living in ONE single colony in Texas. But also, there are about 43 species of deer on the whole planet, 38 species of feline, 34 species of canine…  and about 1,300 species of bat.

It is estimated that one out of every five living mammals on Earth is a bat, or, to put it another way, if you took every single mammal on the planet and counted them as individuals, 20% of those animals would be some kind of bat.

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hello this is my favorite post ever and also life goals

Awww,,, goalsssss

Not scene but reblogging anyway cuz this is my blog and I think it’s SO FUCKING IMPORTANT as a young trans person to see older trans people that are still happy and alive and in a good place in life with people that love them. We all deserve this <3

[ID: A Reddit post on r/TransLater by user GirlUShouldKnow. The post is titled, “We are both trans and been married 28+ years (both 49). I could die now penniless and I still won life.” Under this is a photo of two light-skinned trans people. On the left is a woman with blue eyes and red hair. She is smiling and is wearing heart-shaped earrings with keyholes and a green shirt. On the right is a man with round black glasses and brown-grey hair and a thin beard. He is wearing a black shirt with white heart shapes on it. They seem to be standing in their kitchen. \End ID]

Text: decoupling pregnancy from femininity means accurate and more inclusive language and treatment, but it also allows cis women to refuse motherhood without refusing womanhood, which is great for feminism and terrifying for misogyny.

–THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS. As a sterile cis woman who doesn’t want to have children anyway I feel this is every ounce of my being. “Define woman” types tend to do so in a way that excludes me too, so I got to stand with my trans sisters.

So, we’ve gotten to the entry where Mina has a “I’m not like the New Women” moment, let’s talk about what the concept of the New Women and why it is deeply ironic for Mina of all characters to be dismissive of them.

With the second wave of industrialization and the increase in the ability of women to access higher education in England starting in the 1870s, there was a corresponding social movement to change the way women were perceived. 

New Women were educated women who had careers - usually from the increasingly large Victorian middle and upper middle class. They advocated for women to have greater autonomy over their lives and greater financial freedom. Basically the ability to live on their own and not have to rely on men and marriage. It was also wrapped up with the suffragette movement - though the New Woman was not necessarily a suffragette.

There was a lot of backlash in late Victorian society which claimed that independence was unwomanly and would lead to the emasculation of men and the neglect of the family. As tame as it may seem to us now, this sort of thing was supposed to look absurd because the men and women have switched gender roles: 

So when there are jabs at New Women in sections of Dracula about how women will propose in the future, we are supposed to read it in the same sense as the Punch parodies. This is supposed to be an absurd notion that would upend gender norms. Of course as modern readers it doesn’t because we’ve moved past those gender roles.

But it is also striking in the text because Mina is the picture of the New Woman without the satirical varnish of something like Punch. She is from the middle to upper middle class. She is well educated and has a job at the beginning of the novel: She is a school teacher. 

Socially she is exactly the kind of woman who has the position to be more independent. The idea that she is a New Woman also comes from her characterization. She is a very active character and has a remarkable amount of agency. She goes places and asks questions and starts to put together the mystery without necessarily relying on men.

And her relationship with Jonathan actually does invert gender roles. She is the person who is more active and Jonathan is more reliant on her. He may be the breadwinner (or will be now that he’s fully a solicitor and not just a clerk), but they don’t have a very typically gendered relationship for the period. 

And on the note of the gay subtext in Mina’s relationship with Lucy - New Women were also the kind of people who entered into Boston Marriages.

And it seems that Stoker tries and fails to distance the character he wrote from the image of the New Woman. There are these weirdly out of character comments in Mina’s journal about New Women that read as either deeply ironic or as Stoker backpedaling on the character Mina actually is. 

There are also sections later that point to Stoker having a very ambivalent relationship with feminism, but it will be worthwhile to discuss those when we get there.

But the crux of why Stoker seems to think he hasn’t written a New Woman is this: Mina is exceptionally nurturing. She cares for Lucy. She cares for other characters when they are physically or emotionally compromised later. Mina’s most stereotypically feminine feature is that she is a carer. She is not the image of a woman who emulates the emotional expression of a man.

Read from a modern perspective it comes across as a bit absurd, because being an independent woman and being nurturing are not mutually exclusive.

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Another thing that makes Mina very much a New Women is her planning to be involved in her husband’s law practice. That’s why she learned shorthand! That would have been controversial decades later, but here Jonathan is 100% for it. The public vs private spheres were very gendered at the time, and here Mina and Jonathan are kicking down that barrier without hesitation in their relationship. Jonathan embraces “Mina is amazing and can do anything she wants” without seeing it as a threat to his role or his masculinity.

I’ve studied parlor plays—viral skits popular among female anti-suffragettes to parody feminism—that would have made cautionary tales of women like Mina, so it’s WILD to see her made a flimsy mouthpiece mocking New Women.

Whatever Stoker’s intentions, I can’t help but read her line about the New Woman as gentle teasing about her own personality rather than outright condemnation. It seems more like her.