i feel like vilde is going to be that girl who like, knows she’s into girls when she graduates high school but then she gets to uni and takes her first women’s studies class and spends the whole term having a Revelation and that revelation is literally just holy shit i love women???? and not always in a sexual or romantic sense, but just reading all these incredible women writers and theorists, learning about all the amazing women who have broken ground in every field, rethinking all she’s ever known about history once she realizes the ways women and their contributions have been systematically erased and feeling all the pain and indignation for them, as well as all the pain and indignation she feels for herself that it took her this long to find out about it. just vilde finding a whole world of writing and of thought about women, written by women, focused entirely on women and their relationships with each other and the power contained there. and the more she learns, the more comfortable she starts to feel with expressing that she’s drawn to women, that she’s fascinated by them, that she thinks most everything they do is fantastic. and a lot of that is intellectual, but a lot of it also starts to loop back into what she’s still discovering about her sexuality and how much she loves like, the way women dress and how they smell and the sounds of their laughs and the shapes of their bodies and what they can do with them, and it’s all just like !! holy shit!! she loves women!!! more than she ever thought was possible, but every day she finds something new, and it’s amazing. women are amazing. w ow.
Buckle up, kids. 'Bout to drop some history on you
Not to ruin everyone’s good time of loving Lafayette and Hamilton and all that (and trust me I LOVE that “Hamilton” brought Lafayette back into the American consciousness), but I just want to let you know (since most of you never heard of Lafayette before the musical) some of the greater history surrounding America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman. Firstly, a big thing that the musical glazed over (and unless you know the history you don’t realize the significance of) is Hamilton pushing for US neutrality during the French Revolution and Washington supporting it (Cabinet Battle #2), this was a HUGE betrayal of Lafayette who was counting on US aide to help him guide France through their revolution safely. The US effectively turning their back on him nearly got Lafayette and his wife (yes, he was actually married before the Revolutionary War) and children (yes he had kids) murdered during the Reign of Terror in France. It DID result in Lafayette having to flee France, getting captured at the border and spending the next 8 YEARS ROTTING IN AN AUSTRIAN PRISON as the whipping boy for the Austrian Emperor to take out his fury at his sister, Marie Antoinette’s murder on.
The US did find a loophole allowing Lafayette to be paid for his service during the war, allowed him and his wife (who was imprisoned in France) to have a few privileges in their captivity (like not being murdered or raped) but it was the bare minimum of what they COULD have done. Eventually his wife and daughters were released from prison in France and allowed to join Lafayette in prison in Austria, while his son Georges Washington de Lafayette (yes he named his son after GW) had been successfully smuggled to America during the Reign of Terror, where he stayed with his namesake.
Another not known fact is that Angelica Schuyler Church (yes that Angelica) and her husband actually attempted to help Lafayette escape from captivity in the years before his family joined him, but it was botched and he was recaptured.
Eventually Lafayette and family were freed when President Jefferson and his allies, as well as Lafayette’s allies in France and Britain, made their influence known to Napoleon Bonaparte who negotiated with Austria and secured the Lafayettes’ release.
Oh, and Lafayette’s name was actually Gilbert du Motier (there’s way more names to this but Gilbert would have been the functional first name), but everyone just referred to him by his title: Marquis de Lafayette, or later just Lafayette. (Like in Downtown Abbey where they were the Crowley family but the title was Earl/Countess/Lady Grantham).
So raise a glass to the man who gave America its freedom. Here’s to you, Gil!
June 19, 1777 “Do you still love me? My heart always answers yes: I trust it does not deceive me… Embrace my Henriette most tenderly; should I add, embrace our children? Those poor children have a wanderer father, but he is, at heart, a good, honest man, a good father who loves his children very much, and a good husband as well, for he loves his wife with all his heart… Adieu, then, my dearest love; I must leave off for want of time and paper; and if I do not repeat ten thousand times that I love you, it is not from want of affection, but from having the vanity to hope that I have already convinced you of it.”
it’s incredible how much further writers of color have to go to get anywhere in the comics industry like ta-nehisi coates is an award-winning journalist/author and roxane gay and yona harvey are, besides being the first black women writers hired by marvel, professors. like one of the reasons that the big two employ so many white men is that the bar is so much lower for them–i can’t begin to think about “big name” authors with advanced degrees–and so much easier to reach to begin with and i feel like that’s not talked about often enough
There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.
I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled
this isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.
I won’t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.
And I won’t tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.
Adrienne Rich, What Kind of Times Are These, 1995
when i started to like green day i was expecting that billie joe has been married like 3 times or he had a lot of girlfriends cuz the mayority its like you know that but then i shut my fucking mouth u know i was expecting idk a supermodel , an actress when i realize about Adrienne and their love story ,i realize that Billie Joe was so different and i like it when i see videos or photos how billie looks adrienne it makes me believe in true love ,just look at them they are the perfect couple