the-eunuch

kirudono  asked:

hello! long time reader first time asked: why does everyone know varys is a eunuch? if they're so mistrusted why would he let everyone know? or does everyone know because he's got the round face that other eunuchs have? but then why don't the unsullied have round fat faces? sorry for the mess of an ask lol

Not a problem with the ask, perfectly understandable. :) Varys is known to be a eunuch because he lets everyone know he’s a eunuch. (Who aren’t mistrusted btw – I mean, they’re used to guard harems and such – but they are often despised for not being “real men”, for, well, the obvious reason.) Also Varys fits the qualities of a human male castrated before puberty – tall with a large frame, heavier in weight, round face, hairless chin and cheeks, higher voice. He also appears to be completely uninterested in sex, and is effeminate.

As for the Unsullied, some do get fat:

“In Astapor you can buy Unsullied.”
“The slaves in the spiked bronze hats?“ Dany had seen Unsullied guards in the Free Cities, posted at the gates of magisters, archons, and dynasts. “Why should I want Unsullied? They don’t even ride horses, and most of them are fat.”
“The Unsullied you may have seen in Pentos and Myr were household guards. That’s soft service, and eunuchs tend to plumpness in any case. Food is the only vice allowed them.”

–ASOS, Daenerys I

But the Unsullied of Astapor perform hard physical exercise every day, so their “vice” doesn’t have a chance to turn into fat. Though according to Kraznys mo Nakloz, because of their castration they’ll never reach the “brute strength” of a Westerosi knight (like the difference between a steer and a bull), but they make up for it with their training and discipline.

Anyway, back to Varys. You know, there is a theory that he isn’t really a eunuch after all – because he is also an expert actor and makeup artist, who can slip from one role to another in the blink of an eye. Some think he’s just shaving and using makeup to appear hairless. And furthermore, in Kevan’s epilogue in ADWD, Varys’s voice “seemed deeper”, which some see as a major clue.

On the other hand, what would be the point of pretending to be a eunuch? You don’t have to be one to be underestimated by the manly men of the court – just look at Petyr Baelish. And Varys’s history – the story he relates about being castrated by a sorcerer who burned his genitals as an offering to some demon, how he had to prostitute himself with “what parts of [his] body still remained to [him]” to survive, how he still has nightmares of what was done to him and the voice that answered the sorcerer – seems to be one of the most true things Varys has ever told about himself. What point would there be for Varys to tell Tyrion all of this, to make up such a story just to explain why he opposes Stannis and Melisandre? He could have given some political reason, unrelated to his castration. Furthermore, Illyrio’s later additions to Varys’s story, telling Tyrion how Varys was despised in Pentos when the street people there learned he was a eunuch, only confirms this history.

(Also, there was a scene in GoT where someone feels Varys’s covered crotch and doesn’t find any male genitals, which is fairly strong evidence; although we should always remember that the show is not the books, and GRRM could do some future reveal.)

As for Varys’s acting skills, yes, he probably is using makeup in some way (like he uses fake stubble to appear to be the gaoler Rugen), and his court voice is probably higher than his real voice. And his “girlish titters” are also certainly fake. But the effeminacy – the powders and perfumes and the tittering, etc – that’s where the underestimation comes in. Let the court think him a fey, weak nothing, let them forget such eunuchs as the Unsullied exist. No, I’m not saying he’s secretly strong and muscled, or a martial artist, or anything like that – the fact that all of Varys’s disguises are stout (whether disguised as gaoler, begging brother, or woman) tells us he really is fat, it’s not padding – but basically Varys is taking the way people underestimate him because he’s a eunuch, and making sure that they continue to overlook him, thinking him loyal only to the crown and never suspecting his other motives.

IMO the real question is why Varys shaves his head. Because hairlessness of the scalp is not an effect of castration, and both Unsullied and (in the real world) castrati have hair. (They don’t suffer from male pattern baldness, either.) It might be because he’s an an actor, and as we see in TWOW’s Mercy, actors often shave their heads to make wigs fit more easily. Or, it might be to hide an unusual hair color, as Aegon V Targaryen did when he was disguised as the squire Egg. And there is power in a king’s blood, and it may be that the sorcerer bought young Varys from his acting troupe because he knew of his true origins… Well, I suppose we’ll just have to see.

Petyr x Sansa week day 2: Gold

There were many golden things that could have caught Petyr’s eye. The blazing summer sun, the curls flowing from the heads of Tommen and Myrcella Baratheon, a school of fish whos scales occasionally surfaced upon the Blackwater Bay. But nothing commanded his attention more than the golden strands that were weaved into Sansa Stark’s red locks. How had he never noticed that before? The gold that highlighted her hair was more beautiful than any stupid school of fish that Varys was currently fascinated by.

“Look at those colours, Lord Baelish,” Petyr heard the eunuch praise, “truly I’ve never seen such beauty upon the Blackwater Bay.”

But really, the Spider could be entranced by ridiculous fish for as long as liked, it wouldn’t distract Petyr’s attention from the golden highlights in his new wife’s hair. Perhaps it was the sun that was shining down, causing everything below it to glitter, that brought out the previously unnoticed colour intertwined in her curls. Either way it was a true thing of beauty, the way it seemed to glisten, and Petyr could not tear his eyes away.

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Love in the Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds)

At this point I really need the day to have at least 30 hours because I don’t know which drama I should watch first. Love in the Moonlight looks so awesome and gorgeous! The crossdressing sageuk starring Park Bo Gum as prince Lee Yeong who falls in love with his “eunuch” without knowing he is actually a she. Of course, it will probably end in tears in the end because in history he is known as Crown Prince Hyomyeong who loved dancing and was married to a princess, fathered the future king and died young. I don’t really care about the second-male lead but the the prince’s bodyguard - OMFG! SO HOT! This is the actor who played the young prince Dongpyongun in Jang Ok Jung Live in Love. Love in the Moonlight premieres on August 22.

anonymous asked:

Hello! What exactly is the gift of celibacy?

Hey love! So sorry this answer took so long!

After a bit of research, the gift of celibacy or gift of singleness is never stated verbatim in the Bible. There are 2 pertinent verses that contribute to this conversation in the New Testament, one in Matthew and one in 1 Corinthians. Let’s start with Matthew: 

9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” (Matthew 19:9-12) 

So Jesus loves us and wants us to be pure, right? Jesus came to save and make us righteous by His sacrifice, then called us to follow Him and obey His commands so that we can be free of sin. Thus when the disciples semi-bitterly reply that it’s better to not be married so as to avoid divorce (sin) Jesus tells them that the single life isn’t meant for everyone and is only meant for those that God designed to be single. Jesus basically tells them that if they’re designed for singleness to accept it and not fret being single. 

Next is Paul’s teachings: 

6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. (1 Corinthians 7:6-7)

What Paul means by “as I am” = unmarried. He states this is a concession not a command because he is in no way commanding fellow believers to be single but to Paul it was better to be single because then he could focus on God. However some people are meant to serve God in pairs, as married couples, otherwise He would’ve never invented marriage. 

I hope this helps lovely! God bless you!

-31 Women (Nan)

Marooned - Red Dwarf blog

(SPOILER WARNING: The following is an in-depth critical analysis. If you haven’t seen this episode yet, you may want to before reading this review)

Character driven Dwarf is always the best Dwarf and Marooned is definitely one of the best.

Red Dwarf is ambushed by five black holes, so the characters decide to abandon ship and split up. Starbug collides with a meteorite and crash lands on a frozen planet, leaving Lister and Rimmer stranded with very little food and resources.

Marooned is pretty much a two hander between Lister and Rimmer, with the Cat and Kryten bookending the episode. It’s interesting to see how two characters react when they’re trapped together in a certain situation, and Grant Naylor take full advantage of the opportunity. There are a number of very funny moments, such as Lister eating dog food and Rimmer telling the story of how he was Alexander the Great’s chief eunuch in a previous life, but there’s also a lot of stuff that helps to expand the characters and their backstories. A humorous example of this is Rimmer and Lister sharing how they lost their virginity, although this does lead to a continuity error (A continuity error? In Red Dwarf? Surely not!). In Series 2, Rimmer drunkenly admitted that the only sexual encounter he’d ever had was with Yvonne McGrudor. Now he’s suddenly boasting about some chick from cadet school he shagged in his brother’s car. Though I suppose there’s an outside chance he could be lying. It would explain why he suddenly started describing the car rather than the sex when prompted by Lister, but even so. It’s still incredibly inconsistent.

The most interesting thing about Marooned is how the characters’ relationship is explored. Rimmer’s a hologram so he doesn’t have to worry about the cold or starving to death. His main objective is to keep Lister alive and he does seem to be legitimately concerned for his safety. But what I love is that you then have the internal conflict of wanting to keep Lister safe, but also wanting to protect his own possessions. In order to keep the bonfire going, Lister has to burn Rimmer’s things. His money, his wooden soldiers, his books and (potentially) the trunk given to him by his father. Rimmer, naturally, goes on the defensive and suggests they burn Lister’s guitar instead.

At this point I’d really like to compliment Craig Charles’ performance. I said in my Series 1 reviews how he often came across as a bit wooden at points (which is understandable considering this was his first proper acting role), but now we’re seeing him get more comfortable and he gives a far more nuanced performance. The scene where he describes how important the guitar is to him and plays one last song on it could have been incredibly cheesy, but in Charles’ hands, it’s actually one of the more powerful moments.

I really liked the shocking, but perfectly understandable hypocrisy of Lister. When Rimmer objects to Lister burning his stuff, Lister says how that they’re just things and possessions with no value, but when the guitar is suddenly on the chopping block (an object that has great sentimental value and has helped Lister with his own feelings of isolation), Lister doesn’t hesitate in sawing up Rimmer’s trunk and burning that instead before pretending he burned the guitar. He doesn’t consider even for a second that the trunk could mean anything significant and (again, all credit goes to Craig Charles’ performance here) when he finds out about the link to Rimmer’s trunk and his father, you can see the shock and guilt slowly creep over Lister’s face.

Poor Rimmer has always had it rough. He dreams of being a general, partly to prove himself to his father, but also because he desires control over his life. He has no one to truly rely on or stand on equal footing with. Every person he has ever considered a friend has let him down in some way. We get a brief reminder of this with another anecdote about his ex friend Porky who threw his favourite shoes into a sceptic tank. When Rimmer believes that Lister burned his guitar, his entire attitude suddenly changes. He’s amazed that Lister would burn his guitar and not even consider taking stuff out of the trunk. He thinks he’s found someone he can finally trust and immediately gets Lister to burn the soldiers too, as a symbol of friendship and of emotional commitment. And so when Rimmer discovers the truth at the end, that he had been lied to, not only is the reveal hysterically funny, it’s also incredibly heartbreaking. For one brief moment, it seemed like Rimmer was in a far better place. Now he’s hit rock bottom again with the knowledge that Lister is just yet another Porky.

Marooned is a well crafted and well performed episode that really utilises its full potential. Definitely a Red Dwarf classic.

Slash Watch: I was informed by @allsortsofsmeg about the bullying and censorship some Red Dwarf fans have been experiencing regarding gay fanfiction. I must say I’m completely appalled. Of course there’s nothing wrong with writing gay fanfic about your favourite Red Dwarf characters and you have every right to do so, and I will not stand for any kind of homophobic abuse whatsoever (and it is homophobic. Let’s make that crystal fucking clear. Call it a hunch, but if @janamelie say were to write a fanfic about Lister shagging a woman, somehow I don’t think there’d be a problem). 

It appears the root of the confusion and annoyance among the ‘mainstream’ Red Dwarf fanbase is that they honestly can’t see how anyone could come to the conclusion that Rimmer and Lister have a thing for each other. Well the truth is there is actually a lot of (albeit unintentional) homoerotic subtext in Red Dwarf, and so I’ve decided to create a new semi-regular segment for my Red Dwarf reviews called Slash Watch, which basically identifies these homoerotic moments. Now Marooned is really the first proper manifestation of this. There’s a reference to Rimmer getting ‘friendly’ with a hypnotherapist called Donald (which caused a bit of a titter from the audience I should point out) and then there’s the joke about how Lister’s arse ‘looks like two badly parked Volkswagens’. Now why would Rimmer be checking out Lister’s arse? Hmmmmmm…..

Now while I don’t personally ship Rimmer and Lister together, I have actually come up with a number of theories regarding the characters’ sexualities, particularly Rimmer’s, and I shall be discussing these in future blogs when I feel it becomes relevant. So watch this space.

UNLEASH THE GAY!

Originally posted by gifsofwar

[TRANS] Moonlight Drawn by Clouds Character Profile: Lee Young

Lee Young cast Park Bogum
Male, 19 years-old

The wise and beautiful Crown Prince! The last hope of the Joseon dynasty which is going downhill!
…..or at least he was. Definitely. Up until a few years ago.
Since he was young, he gladly studied,
and was not afraid of putting his body on the line in dangerous situations because he was full of curiosity.
He had the humility to listen courteously to even the young court lady’s grouching.
He was no different to a prepared King… (but) he has changed. At some point.

The palace of the Crown Prince that has become the number 1 place to avoid amongst the eunuchs, or a.k.a ‘Poop palace’
His attire is a mess, his behaviour is careless, and his studies are mediocre.
Along with the strict orders of the King, who is saying that they are not counseling the Crown Prince properly,
while putting up with his (Lee Young’s) unpredictable nature, the eunuchs of the palace of the Crown Prince
are overworked again today and struggling to get by while enduring the sadness of a pay cut.

But nobody knew.
The fact that even he, who has endured the weight of the crown of the title 'Crown Prince’ that was too much for him up until now,
is just a 19 year old boy that needs a father he can lean on.
And the fact that he is a young monarch who has secretly prepared for his future and that of the Joseon dynasty
while evading the eyes of the foreign influences that are constantly checking on the King and Crown Prince.  

Meanwhile, 19 year-old, hot blooded youth, Young
has fallen into a difficult problem that was totally unplanned and that he was unprepared for…
That eunuch called 'SamNom’!
All he did was keep the arrogant con-artist who mocked him by his side, thinking he would chastise him.
But little but little, his (RaOn’s) jokes begin to make Young laugh
and his (RaOn’s) absurd stories become comforting and is lingering on his mind.

(He starts finding) The brave punk (RaOn) who just won’t give in despite him (Young) mistreating, tormenting, and embarrassing him cute
and when they’re together, he becomes happier - not as the Crown Prince or anything else, but just as a (normal) person.

But as much as the times they spend together are happy, his concerns are also growing deeper.
What do you mean I, Lee Young, the Crown Prince of this country, have fallen in love with
a man… and a eunuch at that..!

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anonymous asked:

Let's talk about Sansa a little. I really love her development. From a naive girl to this more strategic, manipulative, decisive person. But i'm impressed by the fact that even though she has been through so much, and all her dreams are shuttered, and she's becoming colder and colder, deep deep down she is still idealistic.

Originally posted by hodorhodorhodooor

I know GOT gets a lot of flak for the violence against women and sexism in their production, but I actually think that it is a very feminist book and show. Yeah, there are a lot of boobs, and there is a lot of prostitution and rape, but you know, let’s look at all the eunuchs, because there are a LOT of them. And one of them is castrated during the show, while imprisoned and tortured and abused. Let’s not pretend that all the violence is against women on this show. Sexual violence included. 

These women are super powerful. And not just in the typical ways we see Strong Female Characters. We get the Women Warriors, who are great. Yay for Brienne, but then also even though she’s a fierce knight, she also has to face the repercussions of being that Strong Female Character and how society considers her un feminine and repulsive. But then we have Arya, and we watch her go from a tomboy who hates girly stuff, watch her sacrifice her very identity, to become a deadly assassin. And it’s such a long journey and she suffers so much through it and we know how much she’s grown. Or Dany, the captive princess who gains power through becoming a wife, but when made a widow, must find her own, and she does… but she fails and she makes so mistakes and the choices she makes have unforeseen consequences but she fights through to win. Or the evil queen Cersei, or the Red Woman, or the sexy, clever princess Margaery, or the cunning Sand Snakes, well goodness…. there are so many powerful women, who are so different from each other and so well rounded I still haven’t gotten to Sansa!

And I wanted to get back around to Sansa, because Sansa is NOT a Strong Female Character. Sansa is a delicate flower. Sansa is the perfect model of submissive femininity. She is the princess in the tower. She is the beautiful girl without power, without a voice, who is dependent upon the men in her life to protect her….

And DAMMIT if they didn’t make her a fierce, ruthless badass!

You did WHAT GRR Martin?  You gave us the weakest, girliest girl of them all, the girl no one would have expected to survive, the pinnacle of feminist fragility, and she made it where fierce warriors and mighty kings have failed. Not only that, but she killed the man who abused her, she took back her family’s home. She avenged their betrayal. 

I love it, because in GOT, you don’t have to be a Strong Female Character to be a strong, female character. Sansa is strong precisely in the ways that female characters are always made to be weak. She doesn’t speak up. She is concerned with clothes and appearances. She turns to the men to take action. She stays in the shadows. She never claims the throne. She remains beautiful and feminine and desirable and a prize to be won… except the whole game, this Game of Thrones… it’s now become HER game. 

She has learned what is important. She can use the trappings of her femininity in this game but she is not limited by them. She is tough without looking tough. She is resilient. She is subtle. She is righteous. She has vision. She is intelligent. And all those qualities are what made her able to watch, learn, and understand the ways of the world. Everyone discounted her for her vulnerability, but all the while, she was learning about them, about their weaknesses and strengths, how to play the game. 

We’re getting closer to the end of the story, and that annoying, naive girly girl has a good chance of, if not winning the Game of Thrones, getting her playing piece onto that throne. Oh wait, does that mean Jon is her playing piece? Why yes. Yes it does. 

Check and mate, all you misogynist fantasy writers and fans out there. Watch and learn.

18/30 Days of deity devotion

Day Eighteen: How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)

Asclepius Marble, Roman copy of Greek original. Capitoline Museum, Rome.  Photo by Dimitar Denev, 2009 via Flickr

Asclepius was born male, and the gender he was assigned at birth matched his body and personal identity. From all indications, he is heterosexual. 

Asclepius is a healer of the soul, as well as a healer of the body.  UPG suggests to me that he would be just as kind and benevolent to transgender and intersex people as he is to his cis patients - after all, these ways of being existed and were documented in antiquity. Some of the men who became eunuchs in antiquity may have been transgender persons. Pliny the Elder and Ovid both had personal knowledge of individuals who changed gender, and Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome, was likely a transgender individual.

The only requirement for seeking healing from Asclepius has always been purity.  As Circeo said, “The law orders people to approach the gods in purity - purity of mind, of course, on which everything else resides…Physical impurity can be removed by a splash of water, or a lapse of a fixed number of days, but a stain on the mind does not fade with time, nor can it be washed out by any river.” (On Commonwealth and on the Laws, 139)

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