thegeekyblonde asked: like it's not cute sailor moon-y weaponized femininity that ppl go on about, it's the VELVET CLOAK DAGGER LIPSTICK very mature very adult kind??? and i feel like that's related to how a looooot of wf stans are also obsessed w/ the persephone revisions, and i'm just. hmm. bc if you remove the totes feminist context and character names, the synopsis is exactly the same as some schoolgirl kink thing LIKE
young fresh innocent waif taken up by dark brooding older man but she wanted it all along and MAYBE I’M READING TOO MUCH INTO IT BUT I’M TIRED AND I HATE WF AND PERSEPHONE REVISIONS AND I WANT HOT CHOCOLATE
I’M SORRY FOR GRUMPING ON YOUR INBOX BUT IT JUSTS!!! FROSTS MY COOKIES!!! SO MUCH!!!!
ITS OK ANN MY INBOX IS HERE EXPRESSLY FOR GRUMPING PURPOSES. i wish you the best hot chocolate
also it took me a minute to get what wf was i was like, “wrestling … federat ion?? no thats not right… oh. lipstick oh ok yeah.”
but yeah no i get where you’re coming from on the persephone thing, and the persephone/weaponized femininity link.
like, the wf stuff, like you said, is all v cloak & daggar femme fatale stuff, something associated w/ sexual and physical maturity. whereas persephone’s story is basically about a girl who is preyed upon and taken unwillingly away from her home as a creepy child bride sort of thing.
if persephone represents the bridging of the gap between non-wf and wf for them, then what is it that changes her? “losing her innocence” is probably the nicest answer, but basically you know, that she had a sexual relationship w/ an older man who kidnapped her, that she had her agency taken from her and found it necessary to use the agency she did have — whatever control she had over hades b/c of his love for her — to bargain with him.
so with all that you can see that weaponized femininity, the femme fatale heels & lipstick etc. aesthetic/mindset that’s advocated is tied up in ideas of having sex/engaging in sexual activities as somehow fundamentally changing someone/changing the way they perform their femininity. and that this transformation, thru the persephone story, is also tied up with a narrative about losing innocence, so having sex = losing innocence = now you are a different sort of feminine.
and the sex seems to be in particular cishet sex (or at least it is in yr revisionist persephones). so the ability to access weaponized femininity is still dependent upon the actions of a man.
its the same virgin/whore stuff just played a little differently. its still a mindset or a philosophy???( i guess??? in the loosest sense) of presenting femininity that only works if you’re cisgendered, het, able-bodied, white, and a certain weight and body type.
which isn’t to say that i never wear heels and lipstick and swooshy dresses to feel Powerful, because i totally do. sometimes im like “shit i gotta hang out with a lot of nerds at a party, i know, im going to Dress Up.” but that’s not ~weaponized femininity~~~~ because its not the idea that im performing my femininity in this particular way to please people around me for whatever, and i certainly don’t conceive of it as somehow weaponizing my femininity.
it’s that wearing four inch heels makes me over six feet tall and that makes me feel super cool, and makes me harder to ignore. but sometimes i do the same thing with ugly as shit boots, those also make me feel equally as Powerful, and heels-lipstick-dress Feminine is a thing thats only one aspect of my personal femininity and of the multitudinous ways others can express themselves, and one i understand is not necessarily desirable or accessible to all people.
FAGLES PLS …
FLIPPING THRU THERE’S ALSO, when oedipus is telling jocasta about his parentage and going to see the oracle of delphi & stuff, “but first he flashed before my eyes a future/great with pain, terror, disaster”
knox has it as “he foretold a dreadful, calamitous future for me”
fagles, is not one to miss an opportunity, it seems.
ok so there wasn’t anything like HUGE AND GLARINGLY AWFUL WRONG about green’s overview/analysis of the play, as much as i was hoping he’d be like “also, freud was totally right etc.”
because i am A Loser i would have preferred it if it went more into the origins of the myth — the fact that it predates sophocles by hundreds if not thousands of years, the reasons why sophocles chose this particular myth and this particular telling of the myth to communicate his intent — and if Free Will as a thing wasn’t brought into the discussion.
like, cause i don’t think Free Will is ever presented as An Option? in the text? you just don’t have any. local classicists on my dash can feel free to pop in and correct me on this but like, did the ancient greeks really even think of free will as a thing?? like, how we think of it now???
anyway, it could have been more insightful/nuanced/etc but there wasn’t anything fundamentally wrong w/ it.
however, next time —-
I T B E G I N S
sdfkjf i forgot that in the fagles translation of oedipus, there’s a line in the very very beginning thats translated as “I would be blind to misery/not to pity my people kneeling at my feet.”
The other translation I have (by bernard m. w. knox) writes it as “I would be insensitive to pain” but that’s because bernard m. w. knox has no joy in his life.
im checking different translations online now, because i have never really read oedipus in any translation but fagles’s, and all of these it’s just like come on guys. “I would be a hard-hearted man indeed,” “Dull and cold this heart/ to see you prostrate thus,” “Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate,” come on buds.
fagles saw the opportunity,
and he took it.
"theres certainly no family more dysfunctional than the theban family he writes about in his tragedies"
john green has never been to a congregation of any members of my family on either side in any combination ever
john green made a crash course vid about oedipus
im r tempted to watch it and then get grumbly and write lots based on minor semantic differences„„
i mean im not an EXPERT on the oedipal myth. but i did take a class just on the oedipus myth w/ a hardcore historian/classist. i have three …. different …. books that are just critical/scholarly books on oedipus …..
so i shouldnt, but i sort of want to, but i sort of , that would be probably useless
hurgle burgle i think i breathed in enough bleach flames to irritate my throat some
or i mean, also it could be psychosomatic, because that also happens with everything, or it could be because i havent been drinking enough water, but what i’m saying is if i die of bleach poisoning someone clear my internet history
Anonymous asked: What denomination of Christianity do you belong to?
im a protestant (tho i r h8 the super strident protestant v catholic jets v sharks thing that still goes on a bunch in protestant churches today, i really appreciate some catholic traditions & practices, and would be actually super into going to a catholic church if i found a good one were it not for the fact that i couldnt take communion)
beyond that, i can’t really give you a specific denomination or anything. i’ve been a member of a lot of different churches in a lot of different denominations — baptist, nazarene, covenant, evangelical, lutheran too maybe? many — and never settled on one because it so quickly becomes a matter of splitting hairs.
the theological differences can be significant in terms of how churches are lead and stuff, but holy shit have i gone thru a lot of church squabbles & stuff re: denominations and differences in denominations and etc etc etc etc can we not etc.
mostly i’m just an apostle’s creed & nicene creed sort of gal. (you know, holy catholic and apostolic Church, communion of saints, forgiveness of sins, etc). and think that the most important things to emphasize in the practice of our faith is the monstrous love and compassion and grace Christ showed for us and commanded us to show for others, and His dedication to justice & mercy & protecting and providing for those who are in need of protection. all the laws and commandments are secondary to the first and greatest — to love God with all our strength and to love our neighbors.
sorry this is probably more involved than you were looking for D :
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MY TIME HAS COME.