dangeranddelight replied to your post “This has been bothering me for more than ten years”

Well, first, up until very recently in history, a boy would have been ashamed NOT to fight. I doubt you would understand. Second, the women were protecting the younger children. They were the last line of defense against total extinction. Again, you probably wouldn’t understand. Tumblr kids are so embarrassing… So, so embarrassing…

I’m not sure how old you think I am, but it says very clearly on my blog sidebar that I’m 23. I am no longer a “kid” by any stretch of the imagination. I can find no such indication of your age, so you could be younger or older than me. I suppose if you’re old enough to be my grandfather you could technically call me a “kid” but it would be rude of you to do so.  

Looking through the reblogs, looks like there’s plenty of much older fans, fans with spouses now, fans who’ve been into Lord of the Rings for longer than I’ve been alive, who agree with my post. There’s plenty of literary scholars who have discussed the lack of women in the books, and their depiction in the movies, and have been doing so for years now. None of them are “kids” so even if you consider me a kid, this is not some isolated tumblr thing, this has been going on in other places for many years.

Of course plenty of boys in a warrior culture would want to fight. But a nine year old who can’t see over the battlements and doesn’t have the strength to lift a weapon is a liability or a meat-shield at best. An adult peasant woman with the strength to lift a weapon, hack at the tops of the siege ladders, hold a shield to protect the archers, distribute extra arrows, shove an orc back, would have been an asset.

Want to make the boys feel important? Give them some weapons and put them in the caves and tell them they’re the last line of defense. Preserving the feelings of nine year old boys kind of comes second to the survival of the kingdom. 

dangeranddelight said:

I haven’t read that post, but I do find the way you push your religion a bit overbearing. I recognise you probably don’t see it as pushing religion, but it is indeed religion. I follow you because your images reflect the glory of the Christian God.

I’m very happy to hear that you feel the images I reblog/post reflect the glory of the Christian God! :D Speaking of religion, you may have noticed that I post Buddhist, Pagan, Aboriginal, Taoist, Hindu, New Age, Abrahamic, and Atheist stuff with equal admiration. I’m very eclectic myself so I’ll take wisdom wherever I can find it. That’s religion. But I’m assuming you mean the vegan stuff, huh?

This is a personal blog, and so I post whatever makes me happy, whatever I care about, and whatever I think is interesting. Indeed, on my front page, above the big bold YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED sign, I list “animal & environmental activism” as content you can expect me to post. If I see something I consider unjust, I will work to raise awareness about it, since I believe we can make the world a better place.

If you feel I’m “pushing” a “religion” on you in an “overbearing” way, I have to wonder why… have I posted something factually inaccurate? have I attacked you? have I told you to forsake Christ? do you even disagree with anything I’m saying on moral grounds? Veganism is simply active compassion. It’s a philosophy that promotes minimizing unnecessary suffering in the world (of both humans and everyone else) and seeks to reverse the self-destructive path we’re on as a species.

Since you haven’t read the post I thought you were commenting about, I’ll just copy it’s central point: “This is about a corporate culture that systematically tortures animals, wreaks havoc on ecosystems, drives sustainable farmers out of business, and endangers both their workers and their consumers. It creates a disconnect between people and their food, which not only allows health-threatening factory conditions to proliferate, but removes the element of personal accountability from our actions.”

If pictures of happy sanctuary cows, suffering shelter dogs, or knowing that Starbucks puts bugs in your beverages makes you uncomfortable, then perhaps it is a sign of your empathy for God’s creatures. However, if you would prefer pretty nature and animal pictures with minimal personal commentary, I could recommend the members I reblog most often: magicalnaturetournature-lustnaturalnati, and llbwwb. They’re great! :)