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A (brief) masterpost of musicals!

(I don’t own/ didn’t record these) Also, they’re all on YouTube (if any don’t work, I can probably get a different video for you from somewhere else, just send a message. I have a heck of a lot of links) All links working as of 14/06/17

Tony Awards (full show)

Bootlegs (UPDATED 7/8/2017)

Namaste, children! Once again, I HAVE UPDATED MY BOOTLEG LIST! I have gotten a THOUSAND MORE bootlegs! If you’d like any bootlegs from this list (THERE IS NO LIMIT! YOU CAN HAVE AS MANY AS YOU GUYS WANT!), message me here on Tumblr OR email me at coolbootlegguy@yahoo.com.

Now, START SCAVENGING! :D

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- 3 Musketeers (Aaron Tveit)

- 9 to 5 (FINAL BROADWAY PERFORMANCE)

- 13: The Musical (Broadway, Goodspeed)

- 21 Chump Street (Brooklyn Academy of Music (June 7th, 2014) - Original Cast)

- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (OBC)

A:

- The Addams Family (Broadway and Chicago Mix & Chicago Preview)

- Avenue Q (OBC)

- Annie Get Your Gun - May 5, 2006

- A Bed and a Chair (Bernadette Peters & Jeremy Jordan)

- The Apple Tree on Broadway with Kristen Chenoweth

- AHS Drama Department’s Is There Life After High School? (1996)

- Anastasia (Hartford)

- Aladdin (OBC 4/11/2014 & 2 Pre-Broadway bootlegs (Info N/A))

- An Evening with Sutton Foster (October 19th, 2013)

- A Bronx Tale (OBC)

- Amelie (LA with Phillipa Soo (December 4, 2016), First Broadway Preview (AUDIO), OBC & Berkeley Rep with Samantha Barks)

- Allegiance (OBC)

- Anything Goes (2011 Broadway Revival with OC)

- ANI (A Parody)

- A Chorus Line (2006 Broadway Revival OPENING NIGHT, OBC, Original Run Closing Documentary April 1990)

- American Psycho (Broadway Preview)

- An Act of God on Broadway with Jim Parsons

- A Very Potter Musical

- A Very Potter Sequel

- A Very Potter Senior Year

- American Idiot (Broadway (5/2/2010 and Berkeley Rep with Matt Caplan), Pace University 2015, Los Angeles, and Pre-Broadway (10/9/2009))

- Assassins (Broadway (5/29/2004 with Neil Patrick Harris) & ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY CAST)

B:

- Billy Elliot the Musical (London 2005 with Liam Mower, Broadway 2008 with Trent Kowalik & Chicago 2010 with Tommy Batchelor)

- The Bridges Of Madison County (Broadway, 4/16/2014)

- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (OBC)

- Bat Boy (OOBC)

- The Book of Mormon (2 OBCs with Subtitles (One has only English subtitles and the other has English & either Japanese or Chinese Subtitles. Both are different just so you know!), London, Nic Rouleau & Ben Platt & Presentation Performance (OBC) (Workshop some costumes, no set) (September 1, 2010))

- Big Fish (Pre-Broadway in Chicago)

- Bring It On Broadway (FULL with ad at beginning and & another in 5 parts)

- Bonnie & Clyde (Both have Jeremy Jordan & Laura Osnes; one is Broadway and the other has Unknown Info)

- Bright Star (Broadway (April 2016 & Second to last show (June 2016)) & Reunion Concert (12-12-2016)

C:

- Cirque de Soleil Paramour (OBC)

- Camelot Filmed Live on Broadway

- Come From Away OBC

- Company (2011 New York Philharmonic Production with Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Ariana DeBose, Raul Esparza & 2006 Broadway Revival FINAL PERFORMANCE)

- Cabaret with Emma Stone

- Curtains (OBC)

- Cry-Baby (OBC)

- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (London)

- Carrie (2012 Off-Broadway Revival, Stratford 1988 OPENING NIGHT with Betty Buckley, Seattle 2013 with Alice Ripley as Margaret & FINAL PERFORMANCE (ACT 1 ONLY) with B-Roll Footage & Extras)

- Cats (2016 Broadway Revival (7/22/2016))

- Caroline, or Change (OBC)

- The Color Purple (OBC & 2015 Broadway Revival, FULL)

- ‘Cannibal! The Musical’ presented by Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

- Carousel (Lincoln Center)

- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End (1/22/2015 & 7/24/2013) & another which is probably a West End bootleg but I’m not sure if it is. If you’re interested in it, just message me!)

- Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival)

- Catch Me If You Can Broadway 2011 with Aaron Tveit

- Chicago (US Tour & 2007 Cast)

- Crazy For You (In the Wings Productions)

D:

- Disaster! on Broadway

- Dogfight

- Dirty Dancing International Tour in Rome

- Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

- Disney’s Frozen on Ice (2015)

- The Drowsy Chaperone (Nipomo Theatre Company & another with Unknown Info)

- Dreamgirls (In Concert (2001) with Audra McDonald, Lilias White, and Heather Headley & OBC)

- Dear Evan Hansen (OBC)

E:

- Evita (2012 Revival with Elena Roger)

- Evil Dead The Musical (Madison, Wisconsin (National Non-Equity Tour) at Overture Center For The Arts, September 13, 2014)

- Eclipsed on Broadway with Lupita Nyong'o

F:

- Fiddler on the Roof (2016 Broadway Revival & Broadway 2004)

- The First Wives Club - The Musical (Pre-Broadway Tryout) 

- Follies (2011 Broadway Revival with OBC)

- Fun Home on Broadway 2015 (OBC)

- Firebringer

- First Date with Zachary Levi on Broadway

- [UPCLOSE HD] Frozen Musical - Disney California Adventure - Opening Day

- Finding Neverland (Cambridge, MA / A.R.T. (September & August 2014) & Broadway (a Preview bootleg, Kevin Kern as J.M. Barrie, and Tony Yazbeck as J.M. Barrie)

- Falsettos (2016 Broadway Revival (Close up & Mezzanine view / view of the whole stage) & LA, 1993)

- Falsettoland (Original Off-Broadway Cast) (NO SOUND FROM 0:09 TO 10:15, SOUND STARTS AT END OF MIRACLE OF JUDAISM)

G:

- Gigi OBC (2015-03-28)

- Grease 2007 Broadway Cast (with Laura Osnes & Max Crumm)

- Gypsy (2003 Broadway Revival, Filmed April 4, 2003, with Bernadette Peters)

- The Great American Trailer Park Musical! Live Off-Broadway (Final Performance)

- Ghost on Broadway

- Gone With The Wind (April 5, 2008, FIRST PREVIEW, AUDIO ONLY)

H:

- Hamilton (Chicago, Andrew Rannells as King George III (ACT 1 ONLY), Javier Munoz (19.6.2016), Broadway (Mezzanine view & Close-up view), Javi & Lexi, 3-23-17 San Francisco (AUDIO), Broadway 12-28-16 Evening (AUDIO) & Edit (with clips from public performances, Chicago, Broadway, etc.))

- Hairspray - US Tour 2005 (Aaron Tveit as Link)

- Hello, Dolly! (2017 Broadway Revival)

- Hand to God (Broadway (April 2, 2015))

- Honeymoon in Vegas OBC

- Holler If Ya Hear Me - Broadway, June 14th

- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse & Paper Mill Playhouse)

- Heathers (Off-Broadway with Dan Domnech as J.D., Concert reading at Joe’s Pub (September 14, 2010) & Original Off-Broadway Cast with Ryan McCartan, ACT 1 ONLY)

- How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1995 Broadway Revival)

- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (National Tour in Los Angeles, California at the Pantages Theatre (November 6, 2016) with Lena Hall & Shannon Conley, Broadway with Darren Criss (5/07/15, July 2015 & another with an unknown date), Andrew Rannells (8/31/2014 & 8/20/2014)
, John Cameron Mitchell (1998 Off-Broadway & Crate (04/11/15 10PM, 3/27/15, 1/31/15), 2003 with Anthony Rapp, Michael C. Hall (11/05/14) & Neil Patrick Harris (5/04/14))

I:

- In the Heights (OBC, Broadway with Javier Munoz & OBC Preview)

- Into the Woods (Broadway (2002 Revival & OBC Pro-Shot)

J:

- Jekyll & Hyde (David Hasselhoff)

- Jersey Boys on Broadway

- Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (TV Movie by Really Useful Films, 1999 with Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough & Robert Torti)

K:

- The King & I (2015 Broadway Revival, 2015-03-15)

- Kinky Boots (OBC Preview (Full video & 3 Parts on Vimeo))

L:

- Little Women (OBC)

- The Lyons on Broadway (May 17, 2012)

- Leap of Faith on Broadway (OBC)

- Legally Blonde (Broadway (MTV Filmed, 7/1/2007 & 4/14/2007), San Francisco (2/7/2007) & Korea (3/11/2010))

- The Light in the Piazza (Filmed Live on Broadway & another bootleg with Unknown Info)

- Les Miserables (10th Anniversary Concert with English & Chinese Subtitles in HD, 2014 Broadway Preview, Hollywood Bowl, Greg Stone as JVJ & 2014 Broadway Revival (Info N/A))

- Lestat (OPENING NIGHT ON BROADWAY & San Francisco)

- Little Shop of Horrors (2003 Florida Broadway Tryout & 2006 UK Tour )

- Love Never Dies (Reworked Australian Production, London (4/29/2010 with pre-changes, missing 25 mins of act 1 & some washouts) & Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne)

M:

- Memphis on Broadway (Pro-Shot)

- Merrily We Roll Along (Original Australian Cast 1996 & OBC)

- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Info N/A)

- Much Ado About Nothing (Unknown Info)

- Me and My Dick (Original Cast)

- Mamma Mia! (London (2/11/2014) & Pre-Broadway National Tour)

- Matilda (Eliza Holland, Tori Feinstein, Oona Laurence (3/6/2013), Ripley Sobo (8/23/2014 Matinee) & Sophia Gennusa)

- Miss Saigon (Broadway (1/7/2001 with Lea Salonga & Will Chase) & Manila)

N:

- Newsies (OBC (March 17, 2012), Jeremy Jordan, Broadway with advertisements of the filmed version at the beginning of the bootleg, The Ultimate Broadway Fan Film & the Filmed Cinema Version)

- Next to Normal (LAST PERFORMANCE of Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, and Brian d'Arcy James with speeches at the end, second Broadway preview with OC, Broadway with Jessica Phillips and Kyle Dean Massey, Off-Broadway (Early Version, Original Cast) & U.S. Tour)
- On the 20th Century (2015 Broadway Revival (3/3/2015 & 2/21/2015)

- Noises Off (2015 Broadway Revival)

- Nice Work If You Can Get It (OBC)

- Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (OBC & Scott Stangland as Pierre)

O:

- Oklahoma! with Hugh Jackman

- The Other Palace (London) - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda Live Stream

- Oliver! (London, 2010)

- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (2011 Broadway Revival with Jessie Mueller)

- Once on Broadway

- On Your Feet! (OBC Preview (October 17, 2015))

P:

- The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway (7/21/2016), Norm Lewis’ FIRST PERFORMANCE, Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess & London (2/26/2005))

- Pacific Overtures - 1976 Original Broadway Cast

- Peter Pan Live with Cathy Rigby

- The Pirate Queen (Broadway, April 13, 2007)

- Pipe Dream (Encores!)

- Peter Pan Tour June 2012

- Pippin (one with Rachel Bay Jones, Andrea Martin & Terrence Mann & another Live in Toronto, 1982 (I have two versions; one that’s full & uncut and another that’s also full & uncut but with no skipping))

- Pokemon Live!

- Promises, Promises (2010 Broadway Revival with Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes)

R:

- Rent (Milwaukee (7/27/2010), 5th Anniversary Reunion Concert, OPENING NIGHT with OBC & FINAL PERFORMANCE)

- Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Keke Palmer, Laura Osnes & Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher)

- Rock of Ages (July 2016 Egyptian Theatre in Park City & Reunion Concert @ Highline Ballroom 1-25-16)

S:

- The Secret Garden (OBC & US Tour)

- The Spongebob Musical (Chicago)

- Sunday in the Park (Bernadette Peters & Mandy Patkin)

- Sunset Boulevard (Betty Buckley, Germany, 1997 & the 2017 Broadway Revival)

- Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark 2.0 (OBC)

- Sister Act on Broadway

- Sweet Charity 1986 Broadway Revival (Replacement Cast)

- School of Rock on Broadway (12/30/2015 & November 2015)

- She Loves Me (Reagle Music Theatre, 1978 TV Movie & 2016 Broadway Revival)

NOTE: Yes, I DID have a BroadwayHD Live Stream version of the 2016 Broadway Revival. It somehow turned into an audio and I cannot find a way to turn it back to a video (If you want the audio, just ask). I am currently SEEKING A REPLACEMENT LINK! So, STAY TUNED! :D

- Side Show (OBC & La Jolla Playhouse (November 2013))

- Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed on Broadway (2016)

- Something Rotten! on Broadway (Preview, March 2015, 6/20/2016 (Rob McClure as Nick) & Replacement Cast)

- Something Really Rotten! @ Feinstein’s 54 Below (4-25-2016)

- South Pacific starring Mary Martin - Original 1952 London Production

- Spring Awakening (OBC, Broadway with Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff (AUGUST 18, 2007, 2PM MATINEE), Matt Doyle as Otto, Off-Broadway with Portuguese Subtitles, May 18, 2008 HIGHLIGHTS (Last Broadway Performance of Jonathan Groff & Lea Michele) & First National Tour with Original Tour Cast (Christy Altomare, Kimiko Glenn, Anthony Lee Medina & Andy Mientus))

- Spring Awakening Deaf West (Broadway & 2 different LA bootlegs)

- Sweeney Todd (JJ Pearce Theater, Broadway with Len Cariou & Angela Lansbury, Live from Lincoln Center 2014 (Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, Erin Mackey & Emma Thompson), University of California, San Diego’s Muir 2013 Production, Live in Concert 2001 with the New York Philharmonic & 2005 Revival Broadway)

T:

- Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Info N/A)

- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out of Their Shells Tour (1990 Broadway)

- Thoroughly Modern Millie OBC

- Tarzan on Broadway (July 30, 2006)

- Tarzan Rocks (Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World)

- Taboo (Broadway, Closing Night)

- The Trail to Oregon!

- Tony Award Ceremonies (1960-2014 ONLY, 1962-1966 MISSING)

- Tony Awards 2017 Red Carpet LIVE with Madam Secretary’s Erich Bergen

- Tuck Everlasting (Broadway & Atlanta)

- Thoroughly Modern Millie (Info N/A but I think it’s the original Broadway production)

-  [title of show] OOBC

- Twisted (The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier)

U:

- Urinetown OBC 8-29-01

V:

- Violet (Sutton Foster)

- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Broadway

W:

- War Paint OBC

- Waitress (A.R.T., Broadway (7/20/2016, 6/14/2016 & 3/30/2016) & Sara Bareilles’ What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress concert)

- The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway

- Wicked (Broadway Preview (10/11/2003 with ORIGINAL CAST), Stephanie J. Block and Annaleigh Ashford, Willemijn Verkaik and Katie Rose Clark, London (4-12-2014) [Matinee] & Nicole Parker, Alli Mauzey, Aaron Tveit & Alex Brightman)

- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Original Broadway Cast)

X:

- Xanadu (OBC)

Welp, you’ve reached the end! I will of course add more things to this list once I receive more things. And once again, if you’d like any of these bootlegs, either message me here on Tumblr OR email me at coolbootlegguy@yahoo.com.

5 Books on Editing and Language
A Shelfie from Ruth Evans Lane, Editor in Getty Publications. 

Hi, I’m Ruth Evans Lane, associate editor in Getty Publications. I really like books, and I would gladly discuss language with you any day of the week. These are five books that have pushed me to think about language in different ways.

1. The Subversive Copy Editor:  Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) by Carol Fisher Saller (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

A second edition of this book just came out this last year, which I haven’t yet read, but this is an essential companion to the editor’s bible, The Chicago Manual (see below). The demands on an editor can feel overwhelming, but Carol Fisher Saller, an editor of The Chicago Manual, breaks it down in a hilarious (I promise!) and helpful way.

 2. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker (William Morrow and Co., 1994)

Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist and linguist at Harvard, and I read this book during a truly formative time in my life—right after I finished college. I was an English major, budding editor, and insufferable pedant. Pinker completely changed the way I thought about language—you won’t catch me telling anyone irregardless isn’t a word (though if you see it in one of the books I’ve edited, know that I’m lying dead somewhere).

 3. The Chicago Manual (University of Chicago Press, 2010)

In my world, there is no higher authority. The Chicago Manual (CMOS) is my alpha and omega. As art editors, we from time to time follow different conventions than those set forth in CMOS, and I’ve never met a rule I wouldn’t consider breaking, but I consult this book every single day (though, more often than not, their online edition), and when I was doing my copyediting certificate at UCSD Extension, I read it cover to cover.

4. The Riverside Chaucer (Houghton Mifflin, 1987)

If anyone ever tells you that there’s a right way spell a word, well, they should spend some time looking at medieval English. English didn’t really have standardized spelling until well into the 18th century, and even today, spellings are still changing, though less dramatically than they once did. One of the most interesting things to me about Chaucer is that he is, along with Dante, the most famous early vernacular writer (vernacular in this context means the language of the common people, so English for Chaucer and Italian for Dante). During the Middle Ages in England, most texts were still written in Latin, and French was spoken at court; Chaucer and Dante (and other, less-known writers before them) were not just brilliant writers but true revolutionaries.

5. The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies: Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East by Elizabeth Morrison and Zrinka Stajuljak (Getty Publications, 2015)

This is a book I edited for the Getty and it’s special to me not just because the authors were tremendously fun (see this trailer for the book) but also because it’s about an exquisitely beautiful illuminated manuscript in the Getty’s collection that also happens to be written in vernacular French (which you can hear Zrinka reading here). Most of the medieval manuscripts in our collection are religious and written in Latin, so this Middle French tale of the love affairs and adventures of a medieval knight during the Crusades is extra special. This book, which gives the truly stunning illuminations along with a translation from Middle French, also provides a fascinating account of the manuscript’s cultural and political context and an in-depth art historical analysis.

ABH - June

Title: Always Be Home – June

Athlete: Jonathan Toews

Word Count: 2,602

Requested: No

Author’s Note:  This is the second part of the story, make sure you have read May

Your name: submit What is this?

“Are you sure you don’t want to sit with us Y/N?  I’m sure we can rearrange and make room for you.”  You smiled at Andree as you started to separate from their group.

“Nope, I’ve had the same seat every playoff game I’ve been to here and I’m not breaking the tradition tonight, besides Jonny would pass out if he knew I did it, it’s become one of his superstitions as well.” She shook her head as you answered.

“Who knew superstitions could occur for someone not even on the ice.”

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Circa 2010

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook:[Assembled in a crowded area, can’t find Sharpy] This calls for drastic measures.

Duncs and Seabs:[Using their hands as megaphones] Kaner’s the hottest, Tazer’s the funniest, and Bur is the undisputed prank champion!

Sharpy:[Appearing out of nowhere] WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY-

Duncs and Seabs:There he is.

Dragon Age: World Building with Internalized Misogyny

This refers to this post and the subsequent riot that ensued. [x]

First and foremost, let me say that I love BioWare and all of their works.  It is because of this love that I can be honest with myself and acknowledge that there are problems in the World Building.  

One thing people keep saying in my ask box is really bothering me and that is that Dragon Age is based on Medieval Times and that Dragon Age is just being realistic.  

There are many key factors as to why women were treated the way they were in Medieval Europe and many of those reasons center around Christianity and Abrahamic Religions.  From the very first pages of the bible, women are viewed as failed creations of men.  Much of the old testament focuses on a woman’s need to be pure, birthing children, or on a woman’s failure to be properly subservient to her husband.  Abrahamic religions have a lot of focus on the subjugation of women and the role of women as mothers, and due to this focus, a misogynistic society was created/enforced. [1][2]  And before you start on other cultural, evolutionary, or environmental factors, there have been numerous studies and such done on the intrinsic role of religion and society, and how the most widely accepted religion shapes society and evolution. [3]  Thedas is unique because their religion is modeled as “what if Jesus was a Warrior Woman”? Andraste does not fit any of the the tropes our Abrahamic religions suffer from.  Andraste was a warrior woman, a leader, a mother, and a murderer.  She was not pure, was not valued on the children she bore, and was not perceived as any less of a woman for weilding a sword.  In fact, she entered what can at best be acknowledge as polyamorous, at worst adulterous, relationship with the Maker with her husband perceived as the Judas at the table.  So why in a world where the Andrastian Chantry is the Equivalent of the Catholic Church, are women still denigrated for simply being female?  Why is chastity required of those who would devote their lives to Andraste?  Why are women viewed as too weak to enter battle?

Medieval Christianity views sex as shameful, purely for procreation, and a sign of “giving in to our weaker animalistic side”.  Much of this was based in politics, focussing on family lines, and departing from the barbarism of the past.  After all, Jesus never took on a lover, his mother “died a virgin”, and giving into any joy or desire lead to the pollution of the soul.[4]  Andraste was never perceived as a virgin by the Chantry, and was certainly not viewed as monogamous.  Her ability to reproduce did not hold any significance in her martyrdom, and her marriage to her husband is viewed as the cause of her demise.  Perhaps through the hundreds of years that past, abstinence would be used as a sign of controlling ones self, of showing the Maker that you could not be tempted by desire, but why would sex in general become so extremely demonized for women who chose to participate in it outside of marriage?  Andraste certainly wouldn’t have held to this patriarchal view of monogamy.  And yes that is exactly what we are discussing here, patriarchal monogamy.  [5], [6]  The Andrastian Chantry is specifically designed to be the opposite of a patriarchy.  It is to be viewed as a matriarchy, designed after how Andraste ruled her family.  So why is there so much emphasis in countries that are majority Andrastrian Chantry that the man lead the household, that the women serves beside him, and the man holds the majority of power in his title?  Dragon Age offers no solution to this.  Why do men rule the households?  Why are women still pawns for marriage?  Why is the dowry attached to the woman and not the man?  In a society that should be formed and ruled by a matriarchal church, this patriarchal system makes NO SENSE.  Sure, in civilizations where the Chantry has yet to establish a foothold, other major religions may assert a patriarchy, but why in Ferelden, an Andrastrian foothold, is a female Cousland belittled for being female and viewed as a marriageable pawn?  Yes, Ferelden was united under King Calanhad, but his line is not ruled through male supremacy, instead it is inherited through firstborn birth or chosen through landsmeet.  That combined with the heavy influence of Andraste’s religion, would most certainly not equate to a society where a noble woman is degraded and belittled, especially by other nobles who need her assistance.  Sexism has a place in a realistic storyline, but without proper historical reasoning (LORE) behind it, it is just hollow internalized misogyny pretending to cater to equality.

Another thing that has bothered me is the pretty consistent commentary about women not being soldiers. Andraste is described as a leader and warrior, even before she is described as a mother or prophet.  She was a warrior queen.  The Chantry was the main religion in Orlais at the founding of the Chevalier’s and it was established through an Empress as her personal guard (The Empress’ Arm).  Why would an Empress establish a royal guard only consisting of men and purposefully excluding women?  Orlais and the Chantry are founded on the concept that a woman is meant to lead, and to go to war.  Where in the lore does it explain why women were excluded from this order?  And before you go into discussions of Medieval realism, there are plenty of historical accounts of female medieval warriors. [7], [8], [9]

I am not asking for a world filled with perfect equality and justice for all in this universe.  I am not asking for an ideal.  I want a game that addresses the problems in our world sensitively, and with a purpose, and sometimes BioWare does that very well.  This is one case in which they missed the mark.  I am not really asking for anything except the acknowledgement that Dragon Age Lore does have its faults.  There are real problems that aren’t just excused by a “general” hand wave.  

I know this is ranty, and it was written without editing, but I have gotten several asks to explain my issues with the Andrastian lore, so I guess this is one small piece of it.

—–

Here are some interesting papers that are well sourced to read for some idea about the Medieval Age and Genders Role in it.

[1] Brown, Peter. The body and society: Men, women, and sexual renunciation in early Christianity. Vol. 13. Columbia University Press, 1988.

[2] Ruether, Rosemary, ed. Religion and sexism: Images of women in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1998.

[3] Wilson, David Sloan. Darwin’s cathedral: Evolution, religion, and the nature of society. University of Chicago Press, 2010.

[4] Brundage, James A. Law, sex, and Christian society in medieval Europe. University of Chicago Press, 2009.

[5] Stelboum, Judith P. “Patriarchal monogamy." Journal of lesbian studies 3.1-2 (1999): 39-46.

[6] Willey, Angela. "‘Christian Nations’,‘Polygamic Races’ and Women’s Rights: Toward a Genealogy of Non/Monogamy and Whiteness." Sexualities 9.5 (2006): 530-546.

[7] McLaughlin, Megan. "The woman warrior: gender, warfare and society in medieval Europe." Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 17.3-4 (1990): 193-209.

[8] Blythe, J. "Women in the military: scholastic arguments and medieval images of female warriors." History of political thought 22.2 (2001): 242-269.

[9] Solterer, Helen. "Figures of Female Militancy in Medieval France." Signs(1991): 522-549.

Midwest Living - Dowsing

Dowsing are an indie/emo band from Chicago, IL formed in 2010. They are one of my favorite modern emo bands, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the future. They have quite a few releases, ranging from splits to full lengths, so there’s quite a bit of depth to their discography. They have very unique lyricism that I feel sets them apart from the rest in that regard, using heavy imagery to make their point and create something different and unusual inside the head of the listener. The music itself has a calm dynamic to it, while not straying too far from the sort of energy and heaviness that is normally presented with modern emo bands. 

FFO: You Blew It!, Donovan Wolfington, Snowing, Sorority Noise

Why Living With Mom And Dad Is Better Than Having Your Own Place

Last week Pew Research Center report revealed that more young adults live at home now than during the “Great Recession.” This news was met with a variety of responses in a slew of blogs and articles: confusion, disbelief, curiosity, smugness, and irritation were just a few of said responses. And some even postulated that this is the “new normal.

The research shows that, while employment rates have improved, and wages are closer to being where they were pre-recession, 86 percent of 25- to 34- year-olds live independently in 2015 compared to 88 percent in 2010.

Chicago Tribune financial columnist Gail MarksJarvis addressed the offending demographic directly in a piece tilted “Dear Millennials, You’re Ruining the Economy.“ “Adult children curled up on their parents’ couches don’t need to buy their own furniture.” Marksjarvis wrote.

She may have a point, but there are legitimate financial reasons to move back home. In fact Millennials living at home might be smarter than the rest of us who are writing high rent checks each month.

Read more: 7 Reasons You Should Move Back In With Your Parents

What you want is to be in love! What you want is to take a walk and feel your heart soaring! What you want is for music to move through your body. What you want is to be alive and brilliant and have good timing. What you want is to be clever. What you want is to love! These are the things that you want. What you want is alignment! All the other stuff is irrelevant. And when you go for alignment first, all the other trappings will fill in around it.
—  Abraham-Hicks @ Chicago WS, 2010-06-12