Qiu Jin (1875-1907)

Qiu Jin, the “Chinese Joan of Arc”, was a radical women’s rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin spoke out against oppressive practices such as footbinding and demanded equal opportunities for women. She attempted an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed. She became the first female martyr for China’s 1911 Revolution and is celebrated as a national heroine today.

@queerken it’s perfectly fine if you want to interpret david and johnathan’s bond as a platonic friendship. the bible is an ancient and complex text with numerous interpretations. but take care to make sure you’re not trivializing in the process, yeah?

the hebrew text very often uses the term ahava to refer to their love. this is the same term which the bible uses to describe heterosexual relationships and relationships between god and people. using the same signifier for straight romances and spiritual bonds signifies to me that they had a relationship which was not just respectful, but profound in its closeness, and perhaps even transcendent. there’s room for romantic interpretation in that alone, in my opinion.

johnathan’s end of their relationship was not even in the territory of disinterested. the man was willing to go against his family and his social status for david. johnathan chose to make a covenant with david. the two men consistently tell each other how much they wish to remain devoted to each other. for david to say that the bond with johnathan was stronger than his bond with any woman isn’t putting down women, but simply saying that the intensity of their bond was such that he experienced it more deeply than any other. that’s not naïveté, that’s unadulterated love. whether it’s purely spiritual, also romantic, or perhaps even physical, what they share between them is an equal, lasting love.

also ‘women were a means to patriarchal ends, seldom anything else?’ you do realize you’re talking about the book where women become powerful rulers (deborah) or liberate their people from war or threats of death (esther, judith, jael). it was women like mary of nazareth and mary magdalene who brought the savior into the world and was first to know of his return. and this isn’t even mentioning the long list of strong female martyrs and saints. women have always been movers, shakers, and rule-breakers in the bible, not for the good of men’s wants, but for the good of their own needs. don’t look at only lot’s wife and say all women are passive, immobile pillars of salt

A Female Martyr (c.1510). Bernardino Luini (Italian, 1480-1532). Oil on panel.

Luini sentimentalized Leonardo’s style, and this helped to win him great popularity with the Victorians. This youthful work by the artist originally showed a full-length figure, and once formed part of a larger altarpiece from which three other parts survive.

John Everett Millais, The Martyr of the Solway, 1871, oil on canvas, 70.5 × 56.5 cm, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Source

This is a depiction of Margaret Wilson, a Scottish martyr who was sentenced to death by drowning. As one of the Scottish Presbyterian  Covenanters, she had refused to acknowledge James VII as head of the church, and so along with Margaret McLachlan, eighteen-year-old Wilson was tied to a stake in the Solway Firth. X-rays have revealed that Millais originally painted the female martyr as a nude.


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Medieval dentistry? Witch hunt? It’s actually the martyrdom of Saint Apollonia!

Here’s the full story:

Like many a beautiful and chaste female martyr before her, Saint Apollonia suffered great bodily harm with grace. 

She was killed during Roman persecutions against early Christians in the 3rd century. Even after soldiers seized Apollonia and violently broke and pulled out her teeth she refused to renounce Christianity or pray to pagan idols, instead opting to throw herself into a fire to preserve her faith. 

Adopted as the patron saint of dentistry, she was often included in personal prayer books and called upon for protection against toothaches.

#ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

Have you ever heard of the woman who was given the title “the martyr” even though she haven’t died a shaheeda [female martyr] yet… but she was known by this title and the Messenger of Allaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam along with the great Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum would only address her with this title, the martyr?

Ma sha Allaah, and this woman didn’t even go and battled out in Jihad, for the when she tried to ask permission from Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam to go and join the battle of Badr with the intention to nurse and help out with medical attention the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam declined and told her;

“Stay in your house, Allaah will bless you with martyrdom.”

Do you have any clue now, who this blessed woman was?

Ma sha Allaah, yes, I am talking about Umm Waraqah Radiyallahu Anha, the woman who devoted all her life in increasing her closeness to Allaah Azza Wa Jall through living and dedicating herself with the Qur'aan.

By Allaah, this woman devoted her attention to the Noble Qur'aan reading it, memorizing it and following its teachings and rules, she has made it her main concern in all aspects of her private and public life, and through the Qur'aan she also attained a high and noble status.

Umm Waraqah was one of the earliest Ansari female companion that entered the fold of Islaam, she was of high and noble lineage and indeed she was a very wealthy woman, but her luxuries in life didn’t shun her from devoting herself solely to things that will bring her closely to Allaah Azza Wa Jall.

And we ask, how come she was called “the martyr” when she was alive throughout the prophethood of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, the caliphate of Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu up to the caliphate of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu?

Well, after that incident of her asking Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam to allow her to go for jihad and was declined and told to stay in her house for she will be blessed with martyrdom by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, she believed and obeyed.

Umm Waraqah Radiyallahu Anha stayed in her house and devoted her time to her scripts [surahs of the Qur'aan were written], reciting their verses with humbleness and piety. With the passing of each day, she increases in her closeness to Allaah Azza wa jall in her piety.

She asked for a mu'adhhin for her house one day, and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam gave her one, and she allocated a section of her big house as a praying area, and she would make this place a place for halaqa and she would lead some Muslim women of her family and her female relatives or whomsoever who came to meet her in her house for prayers.

Umm Waraqah was not married, despite her nobility, wealth and everything she had, for she was deeply influenced by the picture of the bliss of Paradise that never changes or comes to an end, but she had one housemaid and one male servant who served her in her big house, but these two were not different to her, she treated them like a mother would treat her children.

She used to sleep every little in the night, despite her old age and in hours of darkness she would seek Allaah’s forgiveness and worship Him in humbleness, and every night she would pray and recite the Qur'aan unceasingly.

One night, a caller called, “Come to martyrdom, O’ Umm Waraqah! The time has come and your appointment with death is here! The earth is confined for you in spite of its vastness! What is with Allah is best and lasting! You certainly have nearness to Allah and good place of return!”

On that very night, her servant and the maid stood up and strangled Umm Waraqah to death, they then wrapped her in a piece of cloth and put her at a side of the house and fled.

'Umar Radiyallahu Anhu, who was the Ameer ul Mu'mineen of that time, woke up for Fajr and observed something that attracted his attention, when he finished praying he went out and told the people, “By Allaah I did not hear the recitation of my aunty Umm Waraqah last night!”

It was by this that He came to her house in the company of some other Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum to see what has happened to Umm Waraqah. When they entered, they found no one and they did not hear any movement. It was then that 'Umar sensed that something happened to her!

And suddenly they found her wrapped in a piece of cloth, dead.

'Umar Radiyallahu Anhu then said, “Allah and His Messenger said the truth!” and those who were with him echoed, “Allah and His Messenger said the truth!”


Subhan'Allaah! Did she die in vain? No she didn’t! For Paradise was her abode! What a beautiful and inspiring woman was Umm Waraqah! We pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall that she accepts her and raises her status in Jannah! Amin

So many beautiful points to consider in this story, her love for Allaah Azza Wa Jall, her obedience towards the Messenger of Allaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, her devotion to the Qur'aan, her dawah to other women and her kind treatment to her servants.

So much beautiful characters had Umm Waraqah bagged in her life! Ma sha Allaah, and her devotion to the Qur'aan was of great dedication, imagine, 'Umar Radiyallahu Anhu noticed immediately something wrong when he didn’t hear the recitation of Umm Waraqah, so realize that she has been consistently doing this recitation every night,when some of us can’t even stand even listening to 3 minutes of recitation of the Qur'aan!

Wallahi, my brothers and sisters in Islam, these are the kind of people that we should be inspired from, people we should take our deen from, martyrdom isn’t just about going to battles, for we ourselves are already in jihad with our nafs.

I ask you all, to please mention the name of Umm Waraqah in your du'as in your next salaah, may Allaah Azza Wa Jall be truly pleased with her. Amin

-Umm Umar Khaled

Excerpt from Women around the messenger of Allah, pp. 194-199

*knocks on your door*

Good morning, friend! I’m here today to share the good news of our Lord and Savior, Princess Leia #1, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry & Rachel Dodson, available in comic shops and on digital platforms today, March 4th, 2015.

*jams her shoulder between your door and the doorframe*

I’ll only take a moment, I promise! Let me ask you something: do you find the lack of female leads in SW literature to be a bit exhausting? Do you enjoy complicated female friendships? Do you like watching ladies pull a fast one on their male counterparts and supervisors? Don’t you think it’s cool when new girl characters are angry that their female mentor has been martyred and they want to help make things right?

*follows you into your house, and makes herself a mimosa in your kitchen*

Here are some of the goodies you’ll find in Princess Leia #1, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry & Rachel Dodson, available in comic shops and on digital platforms today, March 4th, 2015:

- Proof that humans other than white males were present at the Yavin IV medal ceremony
- The re-canonization of Queen Breha’s name and civic role as an educator
- Leia making Dodonna’s life miserable
- Leia making Luke and Wedge’s day really bad
- Absolutely no romance!!!!!
- Leia being as reckless as her biological father
- Leia hugging another woman
- Leia and that woman talking about another woman together

*steals a robe from your closet and puts it on, strolls into your backyard with her mimosa in hand, and starts throwing a frisbee for your dog as you dial 911*

This comic is so important because along with being Marvel’s first Star Wars comic about a woman, it sets up very interesting plot points that we could see continued in The Force Awakens and post-ROTJ literature. It covers the themes of loss, trauma, and how to constructively deal with grief in a way that benefits others.

*speaks a little louder, since the sounds of police sirens are now filling your street*

Princess Leia #1, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry & Rachel Dodson, available in comic shops and on digital platforms today, March 4th, 2015, has already done 200,000 pre-orders. Using our wallets, we can show Marvel how badly we want this title to continue on – because as of right now, it’s only slated for 5 issues. It deserves so many more. Leia deserves more. The ladies of Star Wars deserve more. We deserve more.

*gets handcuffed by two large officers and thrown into the back of a police car*

That’s Princess Leia #1, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry & Rachel Dodson, available in comic shops and on digital platforms today, March 4th, 2015! Make sure to pick up a copy for yourself and another for a loved one!

Hieronymus Bosch Online

Bosch has a new website: boschproject.org

Scholars are studying Bosch’s {weird and amazing} work in minute detail to understand and conserve it. The conservation is being supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Panel Paintings Initiative. On the site you can explore hi-res views of the artwork alongside X-ray and infrared views.

St. Anthony in Meditation (left); The Crucified Female Martyr (center); Monk Leading a Soldier (right), Jheronimus (Hieronymus) Bosch. Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia            


Street art is no longer exclusively male. The current eruption of female artists is global. In Afghanistan, Malina Suliman paints on her own at night, equipped with a flashlight. In Egypt, images of female martyrs of the revolution, protesting violent sexual assault, have crept onto crumbling walls. Mirah Shihadeh depicts women blasting harassers with spray paint. 

It’s not just women in the Middle East who are using street art to challenge harassment. Last year, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh pasted posters around New York city in a campaign designed to challenge men’s behavior in public spaces: “Stop telling women to smile!” and “My outfit is not an invitation.” 

“I got into graffiti because I saw so many men scrawling on the streets and putting up what they wanted to see. I wanted to be protected by large warrior women as I walked down the street,” says street artist Elle who depicts “strong, powerful, beautiful women” in her paintings. 

Read more via The New York Times

Are the people who keep invading the Reylo corner of the fandom to remind us all what TERRIBLE FEMINISTS we are really so dense, they have no concept whatsoever of what dark!shipping is? That Foe Yaying is practically as old as literature itself, and it’s entirely possible to frame it as the twisted, effed-up dynamic that it truly is? That not all dark!shippers choose to objectify female characters as Love Martyrs?

Or, do they just get off so much on policing the Star Wars fandom of all places with their hive-minded Call-Out Culture bullshit, they’ve lost all ability to exercise independent thought?