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Since I couldn’t play GW2 today, I got to practice with “LightWorks” video editor again. ^_^

Just showing off something interesting that I found. Even though a lot of you probably already know about it.

So, your queer history lesson for the day:

Everyone’s heard that pirate’s call each other “matey”. What you probably haven’t heard is that the word matey comes from “matelote”.

In the Caribbean this word was used between buccaneers to signify a life partner. Matelotes could inherit from each other, shared space, fought together, could speak for each other when one was incapacitated or absent, and more often than not the relationship was romantic and sexual.

That’s right folks. Pirates had a term for their gay life partners.

In light of this, I present to you a new alternative for significant other and partner. Bring back matelote.

(You can learn more about the practice of matelotage in: The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies by James Niell)

The most successful pirate in history was a Chinese prostitute. Cheng I Sao commanded 80,000 sailors and a fleet bigger than most country’s navies, which is why the government had to give up and offer her a truce. She retired with her loot, opened a gambling house, and later died, peacefully, a 69-year-old grandmother. Source

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After weeks of long hours working on this AU series I am finally done! And just in time to order prints for the artist alley. I’ll be debuting these at San Japan so be sure to stop by and get the Voltron pirate crew together!


((Also big shout-out to @shotapopkupkake for reminding me how damn important pirate AUs are and for consoling me during the creation of these pieces. Even when I was a mess of feels in an art coma under my bed))

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When Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates, he laughed in their faces, raised the ransom, and sent his men to collect enough silver to pay it. While he waited, he won them over (despite treating them as minions) and gained so much trust that they didn’t believe it when he said he’d come back to kill them all. He later captured them, got his silver back, cut their throats, and had them crucified. Source

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Shaun Cunningham of Ocala, Fla., knocks down a bat just as it is about to hit his son, Landon, in the head during the Pirates-Braves spring training game Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The bat was thrown into the stands by the Pirates’ Danny Ortiz. Photos by Christopher Horner, Tribune-Review.