so, soph. you should share with the world the missed potential for amazing sons and daughters of aphrodite that riordan short changed us on
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
sons of Aphrodite with “mom” tattoos who are scared of their sisters and practice magic in the form of sonnets
sons of Aphrodite being trained as soldiers, means to defend the realm of their mother at all costs
aggressive sons of Aphrodite whose eyes burn with anger and rage whenever someone mentions playing with peoples’s hearts for sport
sons of Aphrodite who fall hard and fast; who preserve the art of writing love letters and poems; who study romantic languages, wanting to know every possible emotion they can evoke with the use of words; who rest their heads in their sisters’ laps as they gush about how in love they are
sons of Aphrodite who take their cues from the smoothest men in history, taking suave to another level; men who remind the world what it means to be a master of love
sons of Aphrodite who are just so impossibly passionate about everything they do and are willing to fight for what they love
sons of Aphrodite who pray to their mother and thank her for all of the ways love can manifest itself in life
and then there are her daughters-
daughters of Aphrodite who worship their mother’s raw power and dream of harnessing it
girls who paint their nails with poisonous varnish as they talk about how their mother could make Zeus looks like a minor god if she really wanted
daughters of Aphrodite whose weapons and bodies are decorated with images of Medusa and Sirens and passages from Medea and Antigone; daughters who who use their voices to amplify the drowned out voices of women who came before them
daughters of Aphrodite who use their bodies as weapons, completely unafraid to use their Goddess-given looks to achieve their goals
daughters of Aphrodite who love the Hunters of Artemis as sisters, respecting them endlessly for choosing to abstain from something that has swallowed innocent girls whole for as long as anyone can remember
daughters of Aphrodite who use doves as messenger birds during battles and who say a prayer for every soul lost, because when the world loses someone, it also loses the love they gave off
daughters of Aphrodite who study ancient texts about their mother and wonder what she might have been depicted like had women been writing the stories
daughters of Aphrodite who who plan their wardrobes around what weapons they want to carry with them on any given day
girls whose nails are as sharp as their knives and who kiss their celestial bronze the same way they might kiss a lover
daughters of Aphrodite who unabashedly love cheesy rom-coms just as much as they love the feel of slicing through a monster
daughters of Aphrodite who only buy high end jewelry because the cheap shit breaks when you punch stuff
children of Aphrodite who worship their mother as the impossibly powerful, priomordial goddess that she is and work to embody that power in everything that they do.
How can I get started in activism? I am still in college and don't drive or have much free time.
This is a good question! I wrote this post specifically for a/Autistic people who want to get started in advocacy/activism, but much applies to other neurodivergent people, autistic cousins, etc. and can be modified for allies. You have some limitations, but maybe one or two of these would work for you? I’ll copy and paste the meat of that post here:
Many advocates get involved in meet-ups with other autistic people. You can see if there is an ASAN chapter near you and attend meetings there, and/or become a member. ASAN chapters organize community outreach events, protests, and events like the annual vigil on the National Day of Mourning on March 1st, which you can attend.
You could form your own group and meet up to fundraise for organizations like ASAN or your local autism society, to discuss and implement the promotion of autism awareness/acceptance, or simply to hang out and encourage and support each other.
Some advocates volunteer with autistic children. I know that there is a mentorship program in Portland, Oregon that places autistic adults with autistic children. You can see if there is something similar in your area, or start your own mentorship program.
Some advocates will volunteer with schools, care programs, or clubs for autistic or disabled children, to read to or play with autistic children and be a role model and source of positivity for them.
Some advocates volunteer in programs for autistic/developmentally disabled adults. Some advocates visit care homes and long-term care facilities for autistic people to visit with the residents, to lead a program (like a yoga class, or an art demonstration and paint-along), or to put on an event. Some advocates will go just to visit the autistic people who don’t get many visitors.
Some advocates get involved politically. In Canada this can mean writing to your MP, mayor, or city council with any concerns or hopes you have regarding the a/Autistic community.
This can mean voting for political candidates that prioritize disability rights. This can mean making, signing, and promoting petitions, like on Change.org (hereare a fewI’ve signed). This can mean protesting (please look into protesting laws in your area before doing so) and handing out information (again, check solicitation laws in your area).
And finally, some advocates will share their knowledge and experience with the world. This can be in the form of blogging or vlogging, producing informational videos, filmmaking and documentary-making, producing comics or webcomics, publishing a book or graphic novel, creating or contributing to a magazine, curating or contributing to zines, showing your art, writing “letters to the editor” for your local paper, and being a part of events that local libraries and The Human Library put on to educate and encourage acceptance.
Your blogging, vlogging, or writing may be more informal and casual or more formal and educational. You can write from life, as someone speaking from their own experience, or focus more on social and political areas. Some autistics focus on creating content, while others focus more on signal boosting, spreading the message, and promoting other advocates’ work.
In short, there are as many ways to be an autistic advocate as there are autistic people, and there is no one right way to do so.
Whatever you feel you have to share, or whatever you feel pulled towards, you should feel free to pursue. Every autistic person is an important and valuable part of the community, and as far as being an activist/advocate, the only real requirements are that you stand up for yourself and for your fellow autistics.