atrytcne  asked:

I saw your post about liminal spaces and Shakespeare. I'm afraid I don't get it. How is Shakespeare all about liminal spaces? Could you give me some examples? I think I'm approaching this totally wrong. Thanks.

Ok so a liminal space is somewhere that exists between two clearly defined places - in literature that’s often portrayed or translated into metaphorical terms, with characters who don’t quite fit with the either/or status quo, or situations of upheaval and change.

Shakespeare seemed to love that shit. He uses physical liminal spaces, such as the forests in a midsummer night’s dream and the forest of Arden - where no one is acting according to their ‘proper’ station and the rules don’t apply, or in Antony and Cleo where the lovers exist in an unstable space halfway between Rome and Egypt, but never quite achieving the balance. Lear’s storm is a liminal space, too - a purgatorial sort of nowhere between the comforts of his kingdom and the inevitable approach of death. Hamlet is tortured by the liminal limbo of his moral indecision. An almost literal suspension between the damnation of murder and the shame of suicide. To be: and go to hell for killing? Or not to be: and go to hell for killing myself? Or live: and be torn apart by the paradox.

The characters cannot go back but also cannot seem to move forward without some catastrophic change taking place. They are stuck in the liminal space until they transform.

On a lighter note, you could also argue that the cross-dressing characters are liminal, too - Rosalind is a boy actor playing a girl playing a boy playing a girl in a game of self discovery and sexual awakening. She is neither gender and both. Lady Macbeth enters a liminal space when she asks the spirits to 'unsex me here’ - in fact, she’s almost asking to be transformed into something beyond man or woman so that she can carry out inhuman acts.

I could go on. I hope that makes more sense.

Wanna lift a pair of shoes from Ardenes
It’d be so easy
my Ardenes is already a walk in the park there’s only one camera and the sa’s don’t give a fuck
the other day they had a big rack of shit between the register and shirt display and it made a blindspot for me so I just jammed the couple of shirts I wanted right in my bag and all the sa’s were huddled around the register talking about random bs so nobody saw lol
I already have my eye on a pair of shoes I want there
I just need a bag that’s not gonna look lumpy af with them in it 🙄

Y'all gotta stop with these “Arden as mulan” “Jaime as mulan” shit it’s honestly gross, Asians aren’t interchangeable both of these women are KOREAN not Chinese. Its not that hard to find a Chinese actress for the role of mulan. I’m done with Stan Twitter acting so woke thinking they’re so educated, yet fancast every Asian girl with a sword they see for the role of mulan even tho they ain’t chinese

michaelarden: Happy National Coming Out Day! I remember being a young kid in Midland, Texas, and hearing about this day on MTV. I remember being excited and completely terrified of what would happen if and when I was honest and transparent about who I was and who I was attracted to. The first person I ever came out to was my 9th Grade English Teacher, Shelly Hickman. It was the first day of Freshman year, and the assignment we were given was to write an essay on what we had learned about ourselves over the summer. For some reason, my pen began to write the truth. I wrote that I learned I was a gay man and didn’t feel like it was something that was wrong or that I should be ashamed of. I turned in my paper, somewhat anxiously, and went about my day. A few hours later, Mrs. Hickman came into the student lounge and called me over. We sat in a classroom and she told me how honored she was that I felt safe enough to share my truth with her. She also vowed to always be an ally and safe haven if my truth became too difficult for other people. I firmly believe she gave me the strength and confidence to go through my life with my head held high. She taught me love, not shame. Friendship versus fear. Today isn’t just for someone who is deciding to come out, it’s also for all those who will be come out to. Your kindness, compassion, support and love is more important than you will probably ever know. The world is a different place now than it was when I was a kid, there are gay and bi and trans characters on TV (I’ve played a few) and I’m now married to my best friend, something I could have never imagined when I was living in Texas. But we still have a long way to go. True change happens slowly and gradually, sometimes with sudden earthquakes. I wish every kid who feels the need or wish to speak their truth the courage and the confidence they need to tell the world exactly who they are. And I wish and pray the world will love them all the more. It’s important to remember that we are all so very lucky. That the world isn’t an even playing field. We cannot forget how important this day is, no matter how high we soar, for there will always be someone earthbound.