official edinburgh fringe hateblog 2k14

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morrigan-disapproves whispered: hiii i rly love ur post of ancient gay book recs, i was just wondering if there are any w gay ladies in? or academic stuff you would rec abt ancient gay ladies? i have jstor access atm

argonauticae:

argonauticae:

hey! yesss ive been silently hoping someone would ask me this, i can TOTALLY do this (altho advance warning ancient gay ladies fiction is extremely thin on the ground :/) i’m actually about to get kicked out of here bc my boss says i need to go home to like eat and stuff, but im publishing this so i don’t forget about it (if i do someone yell at me please) and i’ll reblog with recs asap

(i FINALLY got around to doing this, sorry for being a massive failure guys)

so fairly typically, novels about lesbians in the ancient world are p thin on the ground and are mostly about sappho (just as general sort of resource, this website is pretty great - like ten thousand historical novels sorted by time period). the two i have on my amazon wishlist right now are sappho’s leap by erica jong, which looks promising, and the laughter of aphrodite by peter green, about which i am more sceptical

for academic stuff, the problem i generally find is that (partially bc erasure/prejudice/PATRIARCHY! and partly bc lack of original evidence/sources) there aren’t many academic texts solely looking at female/female relationships? what you’re much more likely to find are a) books about sappho and by extension f/f relationships or b) chapters/sections about f/f relationships in larger texts about ancient sexuality in general. so THAT SAID, i like these books:

anda couple from JSTOR:

hopefully all the links work - if any of them are broken, let me know!

morrigan-disapproves whispered: hiii i rly love ur post of ancient gay book recs, i was just wondering if there are any w gay ladies in? or academic stuff you would rec abt ancient gay ladies? i have jstor access atm

argonauticae:

hey! yesss ive been silently hoping someone would ask me this, i can TOTALLY do this (altho advance warning ancient gay ladies fiction is extremely thin on the ground :/) i’m actually about to get kicked out of here bc my boss says i need to go home to like eat and stuff, but im publishing this so i don’t forget about it (if i do someone yell at me please) and i’ll reblog with recs asap

(i FINALLY got around to doing this, sorry for being a massive failure guys)

so fairly typically, novels about lesbians in the ancient world are p thin on the ground and are mostly about sappho (just as general sort of resource, this website is pretty great - like ten thousand historical novels sorted by time period). the two i have on my amazon wishlist right now are sappho’s leap by erica jong, which looks promising, and the laughter of aphrodite by peter green, about which i am more sceptical

for academic stuff, the problem i generally find is that (partially bc erasure/prejudice/PATRIARCHY! and partly bc lack of original evidence/sources) there aren’t many academic texts solely looking at female/female relationships? what you’re much more likely to find are a) books about sappho and by extension f/f relationships or b) chapters/sections about f/f relationships in larger texts about ancient sexuality in general. so THAT SAID, i like these books:

anda couple from JSTOR:

hopefully all the links work - if any of them are broken, let me know!

wallenstone whispered: Once you get this, describe your political position (if you are unsure: political compass etc.) if you are comfortable doing so in public. Which political party in your country do you support? If you were in power, what would be your first political act? After you answered, send this meme to 5 other users.

this is actually such a good meme tho

ok i would describe myself as a democratic socialist (political compass tends to put me on the border between democratic and anarchic socialism, but i don’t really trust political compass so y’know for whatever that’s worth). i support the ssp (scottish socialist party) and help out a bit with some of their stuff, but in an election i’d vote snp because i’m not an idiot and i know the chances of the ssp gaining significant power are p much nil (although i really disagree w/ the snp’s economic policies re: making scotland “business friendly” ugh ugh ugh). post-referendum, i don’t really know which way i’ll vote - most likely green, much as it pains me, because there’s no way i’m ever wasting a vote on labour/the lib dems. if i was in power, i think my first act would be something super predictable, eg. repealing the bedroom tax

idk who i’d send this to so just like anyone who wants to do it go ahead i guess! i love hearing about people’s politics it’s so interesting

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i think my personal style is slowly catching up on all the Girly Stuff(tm) i missed out on by being a sort of shit ineffectual emo from the ages of 14-18, because i just bought a pastel pink calf-length tulle skirt and i look like a ballerina princess and it’s awesome

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i just want to make out with SOMEONE this summer or whats the POINT 

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somebody persuade me not to open the Serious Scolarly Article im writing about classics in modern music with that amadeus quote abt people so lofty they shit marble

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Anonymous whispered: BC Greek gay women in mythology is sparse, do you think it would be bad to have in a story a lesbian in present day who is into Greek mythology liken her relationship with her gf to a straight one? Or should she like an area with more lesbians?

morrigan-disapproves:

argonauticae:

oh jeez. okay so first thing here, i am not a lesbian (femme-presenting bisexual, ladies) and i really, really don’t want to speak on behalf of/over lesbians here??? so my first major piece of advice here would be to maybe try to find someone who does identify as a lesbian to ask, just bc they’re much more likely to be able to help you here. if any of my followers who do ID as lesbian have strong opinions abt this, please please let me know and i’ll publish them! (my Bisexual Opinion(tm) is that i probably wouldn’t do that when talking about relationships i’ve had with women unless the parallels were so strong and obvious that it’d be silly not to, i.e. if our families had a blood feud stretching back decades and my gf killed my cousin and then i faked my own death, i would probs be alright with the r+j comparisons)  

second of all, that being said, i feel like this is something that would depend hugely on context and the kind of characters you’re talking about. if someone is into greek mythology they probably know a little about greek literature too, so perhaps your hypothetical lesbian might compare her relationship to sappho and anactoria, for example? there are also a lot of greek female mythological figures that never have same-sex relationships in the original sources, but have since gained connotations of lesbianism - artemis, for example, athena, the amazons, and so on. so perhaps something like that might be more appropriate? being interested in other mythologies is also a definite route you could take, although i should warn you that if it’s specifically LGBT mythological characters you’re looking for, they’re equally thin on the ground in most western mythologies, and where they do appear worldwide they tend to be male (PATRIARCHY!). but basically, the only answer i can really give is that although i can definitely help you with finding mythological characters, i just don’t think it’s my place to say whether making comparisons with straight couples is alright. i’m really sorry i couldn’t be more help!! like i said, if you need help with the mythological details then i’d love to help 

ooh like as an official lesbian i really agree with what youve said. also like i personally would find it hard to ID w a m/f pairing? i’d be 1000x more likely to read lesbian subtext into a platonic relationship between women, or at a stretch compare us to some gay dudes (eg a joking argument abt who is achilles & who is patroclus in the relationship. but like far more likely would be talking abt helen/andromache being in love or w/e)

but yeah it really depends on the context, but broadly speaking i think the dynamics of a m/f relationship would feel too different?

more feedback for you, anon!

argonauticae:

so I was initially really bummed that tomorrow’s the end of my internship BUT my old boss from my museum festival volunteer job found me after I gave my final presentation and long story short I might now get a SWEET ad hoc cataloguing gig AND a gallery guide thing going on because I’m a hero

I GOT IT THEY DONT EVEN WANT TO SEE MY CV IM SUCH A GOD ITS ALL COMING TOGETHER GUYS

http://dapuritoyo.tumblr.com/post/92752406265

argonauticae:

posts like that moon goddess virgin bullshit make me so fucking annoyed but also so sad at the same time, bc they’re so clearly people searching desperately for some group, any group,no matter how blatantly unlikely it is, that wasn’t totally shit to women. so you end up with…

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