“I remember that he often brought you to class as a special guest when you were a small child. I mean, it’s been 16 years since I last saw you, hasn’t it?”

“W-wait, my dad brought me to his classroom when I was little?? In front of a whole classroom??? How do you know that too?! I don’t remember anything!!”

“He was my professor in the seventh grade! Hasn’t he told you anything??”

Hey, y’all.  I was hoping to get a little help with something.  I know I’ve talked about my boyfriend on here before, and about how he wants to understand gender, specifically non-binary gender, better.  He was raised in a very conservative household where anything straying from the male-female was regarded as “socialist propaganda” and strongly dismissed, and it wasn’t until just a few years ago that the concept of gender theory was even available to him.  Now, he’s very respectful of gender identity and he would never intentionally misgender someone because he’s not a dick, but he feels that he would benefit from understanding the issues surrounding gender in addition to accepting them.

He and I have had countless discussions on the subject.  We tend to agree on most things and we generally reach the same conclusions, but our processes for arriving at those conclusions are different.  He’s very intelligent, but we think differently.  I’m a very abstract and theoretical thinker, but he is more concrete.  It makes for some awesome discussions (y’all should come over for dinner sometime), but it also means that the sources I read to learn about and understand gender theory, those that use very theoretical and abstract language and points, are not helpful to him.

So, this is where you lot come in.  You curious, brilliant people.  I am looking for good articles or journals or even books on gender theory that are helpful to a concrete mind.  Or, if any of my non-binary followers are willing, someone to sit down and patiently have a conversation with the man.  Send me sources!

This is the last time I
start poems talking about how
when I walk into empty rooms, I swear
I hear your laughter echoing.

I won’t speak of this anymore,
but when we were kids you dreamed more.
You wanted to change the world,
you wanted to travel; you said that in your lifetime
even for the tiniest of moments,
you wanted to see the world at peace.
With itself, all its fires put out,
all its glory beheld.

This is my final rant, I promise.
I won’t write love songs for you anymore,
or your mother and how she loved everyone
who walked in her door.

I won’t wait on phone calls,
I won’t listen to coincidences happening
around me and think to myself how you were
once the centre of the universe, for all I knew.
That your gravity had me in your orbit for so long,
I still watch the shadows on your face to tell the time.

This is the last time.
Like last time was
the very last time.
You see, habits are a tough thing to break,
but I’m all out of metaphors
for tonight. I’ll revisit
the library on Monday when it reopens
and I’ll find the book you scribbled secret messages on
for me to find, and I’ll forget this ever happened,

and I’ll write you something again.
But for now
this is the last time.

—  Final/ Scribbles by aye rah

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was reading about Claudius, which really means crippled in latin, and I remembered that the emperor Claudius had some kind of infermity, which he possibly faked all along. He was the mad emperor's UNCLE, and the only male relative to survive the emperor's killing spree thanks to him playing the fool. He was thought to be mental therefore harmless; as an emperor he was pretty competent though. Are these amazing coincidences? Also Caligula's madness is quite similar to Hamlet's in kind

Hello! I covered a little bit of the history of the Roman emperor Claudius in this post, and you’re right. The fact that he married his brother’s widow helps with the parallels too.

I don’t think it’s just coincidence. Given the grammar school education of the time, it’s very likely that Shakespeare had a lot of knowledge of Roman history, and it’s quite possible that the name ‘Claudius’ suggested itself to him because of the similarities between that story and the Amleth story he got from Belleforest. I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that the play draws on the story of emperor Claudius, but it could very well be a reference and an indication of thematic correlation.

Still, the fact that Claudius’ name is never mentioned in the play does imply that it’s not an allusion that Shakespeare chooses to make explicit. Since the audience has no way of knowing his name it’s clearly not as important to the meaning of the play as it could be. 

Still interesting though.

anonymous asked:

Do you think there is any chance Amelia and April could bond over this? Cause I think Amelia most wants someone who she feels "gets it", and April went through the same thing. Also, April has a child now and could show Amelia how great it is.

I think there is a high chance. On ep 5 we had that April/Amelia scene on the bathroom and I don’t think the choice of April there was a coincidence. I believe it’s too good material to be left aside and I am hoping with all my heart that they will explore this. 

brokenknifefrisk  asked:

"Ah... Well, if you think there's anything we can do to help with that, just say so. :c I mean, it could be coincidence, yeah, but... best not to push it."

If I can think of anything, I’ll be sure to tell you all… I would throw myself into that infernal device willingly before I let it take him…

But, eh, for the moment, I suppose you could just keep him company while he’s on sentry duty? Even an introvert would get lonely out there, sometimes.

(( @sunrisegator ))