women of asia

“Heron maiden” (1889), Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Print from the series “New forms of thirty-six ghosts”

Once upon a time a young man rescued a wounded heron and nursed it back to health. Later, he met a beautiful young woman. The two fell in love and he married her. His wife was extremely skilled at crafting beautiful fabrics, but she asked her husband to never try to see her while she was weaving. However, one day the man broke the promise and he saw the very heron that he had saved, back on this snowy day. But it was already too late and the heron-woman had to leave him, back to her bird form she flew, far away…

don’t let yourself forget the huge contingent of middle class white feminists who think it’s totally fine to threaten to out, rape, and murder sex workers on the internet, because to them we’re just “fuckmeat” and they hate us even more than men do.

sex workers’ rights are human rights and if you find yourself following someone who doesn’t think so, know that what they post publicly is a tiny fraction of what they do and say anonymously to us, including threatening to out us to clients or cops in the hopes we get murdered.

white supremacy, imperialism, and misogyny don’t always look like richard spencer.

the policies swerfs promote actively result in the assault and murder of brown women in southeast asia as well as the houselessness, loss of day jobs, and murder of woc and white women in the western world.
they force us into sweatshops, to stay in violent relationships, out into the streets as a part of their imperialist vision of proper womanhood.

fight all forms of oppression at home and abroad.

“Tomoe Gozen” (1879), Yamazaki Toshinobu (1857-1886)

“ That circle of men fell like autmun leaves, like a rain of petals torn loose by storm winds. Such was my fight, and all the warriors, sorely wounded

fell far back

till I saw them no more

fell far back

till I saw them no more »

From the 14th century Noh play “Tomoe”, anonymous author, translation by Royall Tyler

“The wife of Takeda Katsuyori”(1897), Adachi Ginko (active c.1870-1908)

Print from the series : “Mirror of renowned women from ancient and modern times”

The wife of Sengoku period daimyo Takeda Katsuyori (1546-1582) is depicted carrying a naginata during an attack. Her husband was defeated by Oda Nobunaga and had to flee, his wife going with him. However, Katsuyori was resigned to die and prompted her to leave. She refused and committed suicide with her husband.