Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virile. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Nobody really cares about your accomplishments. That’s why you need to set your own goals and do it for yourself. Forget what makes your parents proud or what your friends like, what is it that makes you like yourself?
FIRST KISS: We asked twenty strangers to kiss for the first time…
"What’s your name again?"
Photographer Marianne Kjølner snapped this pair of photographs of a bizarre tree in Denmark. Of the photo she says: “This old pink house is situated at the old dunes, a few hundred meters from the west coast, a very windy place were there isn’t much that can grow. So the tree can only grow where it has shelter.”
most amazing words ever spoken.
Eartha Kitt, dropping some self-love realness.
- Reminder #1: Food is my medicine and nourishment for my body
- Reminder #2: It is perfectly okay to eat above and beyond my mealplan.
- Reminder #3: Normal people eat more on some days. It doesn't hurt them, and it won't hurt me either.
friends are supposed to make you feel good about yourself
just remember that
Do not try to be pretty. You weren’t meant to be pretty; you were meant to burn down the earth and graffiti the sky. Don’t let anyone ever simplify you to just “pretty.”
A gay elite has hijacked queer struggle, and positioned their desires as everyone’s needs — the dominant signs of straight conformity have become the ultimate signs of gay success.
Anonymous asked: So I've been looking around and I've seen a lot of people saying that they always felt weird because they never understood people talking about who's hot all the time. I'm wondering if there other people that thought they were "normal" because they learned the standards that our society teaches us ="hot". I mean, I could generally tell "objectively". And if I didn't personally consider them hot? Well that must just be taste yes? So did anyone else not realize because society trained us that way?
Oh, my goodness! I should have mentioned this earlier!
I did this. Throughout middle school and high school, to fit in, I would find someone that fit my friends’ standards of hot and call them it, even though I did not feel that way towards them. I did not feel attracted to any of them, I would say it to feel like I belonged.
So, yes, society does play an impact in that, and please, do not think that if you’ve ever used the word hot to describe someone you just met that you aren’t demi. Nothing invalidates who YOU feel you are. A demisexual doesn’t feel attraction sexually until an emotional connection is made.
I do believe that some of us have said things about attraction, who we are attracted to, and who is “hot” that were not neccesarily true just to fit in or because society implied we should.