shakespeare's women

 My favourite thing about the whole ‘no man of woman born’ thing is that it applies to a very broad church.

 For example:

  •  People born via c-section (no man of woman born, meaning natural childbirth, aka, the Shakespeare approach)
  •  Women (no man of woman born, aka, the Tolkein approach)
  •  Non-binary types (see above)
  •  Aliens (no man of woman born, with the meaning of man being in the ‘mankind’ sense)
  • Artificial intelligences (see above again)
  • Transmen (no man of woman born, the man-ness appears to come later as gender is a social construct. Arguably borderline, I know.)
  • People carried by a man (no man of woman born)
  • People grown in vats (no man of woman born)

 Basically, anyone who isn’t a human cisgendered male delivered via natural childbirth by a woman could kill Macbeth. (Given the equipment via science!, the child of a transwoman born via natural childbirth would still count as unable to.)

 It’s odd that you can divide mankind into ‘Macbeth killers’ and everyone else, even though everyone else is in the minority, especially if aliens are real and we create AIs capable of murdering Scottish kings.

Happy International Women’s Day Have Some Feminist Shakespeare Quotes

If I be waspish, best beware of my sting – Katherine, As You Like It

We know what we are but know not what we may be -Ophelia, Hamlet

Though she be but little, she is fierce - Helena, Midsummer Night’s Dream

Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak. - Rosalind, As You Like It

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. - Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing

My drops of tears I’ll turn to sparks of fire -Katherine, Henry VIII

The signs as Shakespearean Heroines

Aries- Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Bold, knows what she deserves and won’t take no for an answer)

Taurus- Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (Fierce ruler, but also can live luxuriously)

Gemini- Viola in Twelfth Night (cunning and clever yet kind at heart, dual personas)

Cancer- Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Timeless and powerful but also has a soft spot)

Leo- Katherina in Taming of the Shrew (Reckless and emotional but also wise beneath the surface)

Virgo- Olivia in Twelfth Night (Obsessed with detail, sometimes vain but also precious)

Libra- Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Always dives headfirst, sometimes confused but also profound)

Scorpio- Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Subject to lust and greed but also demanding and intimidating)

Sagittarius- Miranda in The Tempest (Virtuous but also very different, has her own way of thinking)

Capricorn- Goneril in King Lear (Always about getting ahead. Ambitious and clever but not too informed)

Aquarius- Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quick witted for the most part but sometimes can cause trouble)

Pisces- Ophelia (Peaceful and has a tortured soul. Always seeking to please others, not strong willed)


modern shakespeare aesthetics: ophelia, before, during, and after

Out of the ash I rise […]
And I eat men like air.

Oh Juliet.
Raised from birth to be the crowning jewel in your fathers crown. With stolen kisses in a crowded ballroom, you throw the crown to the ground.
Once-lady, how does Romeo feel in your hands, tonight as you learn a new name?
Do you think of your mother, sleeping in the same house, as your beloved breathes the songs of the gods and creation into your skin?
Are you flirting with the Ecstasy you have heard whisper in dark corners, that which no priest or tutor ever taught you of? Tonight you will find that loves’ rapture can never have a price too high.
Tomorrow, Lady Now-Montague, will you pay it?

Lady Macbeth, all hail.
Decades from now, they will speak of you in hushed tones.
Hell raiser, life taker,
stone cold, cold blood
they will call you.
But Macbeth is just so weak, so wavering, thinking his way into a great hole in the ground. He could never be strong enough, with all his flaws, ever tragic. Your willing words will win his conscious for just long enough, for tonight you bring about your crown. Blood, dagger, drugs in place, tell me lady:
How will you wash Duncan’s blood from your dreams?

Darling Ophelia,
so beautiful and bright-you deserve all the happiness you search for but you will find it not:
there is no space for love in this kingdom of cautious absolutes.
You will watch the noble mind of the man you once wished to marry decompose before your eyes without knowing why he curls his hands around your shoulders in anger and lets loose biting words.
How can they be the same hands that once held you?
When you receive the news of your father, feel your own notions begin to wither like the flowers you wear in your hair and understand.
Lady fair, not frail, will you answer the river’s call of refuge?


Thy Name is Woman

Sarah Nicole