wives-&-daughters

This is really cool.

An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional ‘housewife’ role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes referred to as female samurai. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako are famous examples of onna bugeisha. (x)

The Arlington Ladies are professional mourners who attend all funerals at Arlington cemetery. These military wives and family members brave the rain, snow, and extreme heat to visit up to 3 funerals a day. Members are not allowed to grieve or console, they are simply there to make sure no soldier is ever buried alone. Source

To my ladies of color.
To my fat ladies.
To my disabled ladies.
To my trans ladies.
To my lesbian, bisexual, and ace ladies.
To my mentally ill ladies.
To my Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist ladies.
To my scientific and political ladies.
To my ladies in poverty.
To my ladies in uniform.
To my single ladies.
To my mothers.
To my sisters.
To my girlfriends.
To my wives.
To my daughters.

To my women, of all shapes, sizes and colors, celebrate yourselves and all your great accomplishments. It is because of you that we thrive. Never let yourself think you are less than you are. Thank you for paving the way forward for those who follow in your proud footsteps.

Happy International Women’s Day.

I’m not gonna go all “wives, mothers, daughters, sisters” on your ass. Don’t do this shit for your mom. Don’t do it for your wife. Do it because you’re not a human scab. Do it because you want people to be better, and because you intend to hold humanity accountable for producing disgusting, petulant man-trolls who think they’re entitled to other people’s time and attention. Do it because you’re gonna stop the cycle of disgusting, petulant man-trolls right flipping now, in your own flipping life.
—  Andrea Grimes, on men stepping up and stopping other men from harassing and threatening women
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Onna-bugeisha

Female women warriors of the Japanese upper class are known as onna-bugeisha (女武芸者). They are members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan who were trained to use weapons to protect their, honor, family, and household from enemies. Many of them were widows, wives, daughters, and even rebel women who engaged in battle beside samurai men. See more at: http://www.kcpwindowonjapan.com/2014/03/heroic-women-of-the-samurai-class/

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“It’s wonderful. It’s developed over time. I think that they’ve opened up a lot of layers and colors to the character that I think makes her more true to form. She’s a woman in a position of authority, what’s exciting about that is that this show is not afraid of showing all the colors of a woman in authority. Sometimes she is that authority figure, sometimes she is an avenging angel, sometimes she’s in love, sometimes she’s a big dork. I think that that’s believable and hopefully something that a lot of people can relate to, whether it’s a person that they see themselves as, or it’s a person that they see in their wives, their daughters, their mothers, and so on.”

An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional ‘housewife’ role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes referred to as female samurai. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako are famous examples of onna bugeisha.

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Onna Bugeisha (Feudal Japan Female Samurai)

Rare vintage photograph of an Onna-Bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan (emerged before Samurai)

An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者?) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional “housewife” role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.

my mom presses her fingertips to her eyelids,
as though helping them carry the weight
of always having to be patient.
she whispers,
“why was I given such difficult, such picky daughters?”

I don’t know how to tell her
that she is lucky to have daughters who care more about their happiness
than being wives.
daughters who care more about love
than security.
daughters who understand they are not life vests,
(not made to save any man)—
they are the ocean,
immense and deep and lovely,
worthy of drowning in.

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I DON’T MEAN TO UPSET YOU, MOM, BUT I THINK I’M ENOUGH, new poetry by Ayah Elbeyali.

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