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“ Five-month-old white infants were equally skilled at differentiating white faces from non-white ones, as well as interpreting the emotions of white and non-white people. But by the time they reached 9 months, the babies had grown more adept at telling the difference between individuals within their own race. The older white infants were better at reading the emotions of white people, too.— Babies Start Acting Racist Before They Can Talk - Lifestyle - GOOD (via biyuti)
These early developmental deficiencies could contribute to some of the most pervasive racist stereotypes among adults—the idea that people of other races “all look alike,” or the assumption that people of other races are emotionally deficient in some way—dumb or angry or perpetually happy. And these racial biases begin to kick in long before adults can verbally communicate concepts about race to their children. In fact, the researchers compare this developmental phenomenon to that of learning a language—at first, babies’ ears are open to sounds made by all languages, but their brains quickly begin to attune to the language they hear most often.
It’s not enough to teach your kids to accept people of other races. As it turns out, you’ve got to actually model it first. ”
“ Instead of trying to fictionalize gender, let’s talk about the moments in life when gender feels all too real. Because gender doesn’t feel like drag when you’re a young trans child begging your parents not to cut your hair or not to force you to wear that dress. And gender doesn’t feel like a performance when, for the first time in your life, you feel safe and empowered enough to express yourself in ways that resonate with you, rather than remaining closeted for the benefit of others. And gender doesn’t feel like a construct when you finally find that special person whose body, personality, identity, and energy feels like a perfect fit with yours. Let’s stop trying to deconstruct gender into nonexistence, and instead start celebrating it as inexplicable, varied, profound, and intricate. ”—
“ Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belong 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: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chasity, 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 Aramatic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chasity. 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. When Joan of Arc, with her witch coven associations, was called La Pucelle-‘the Maiden,’ ‘the Virgin’ - the word retained some of its original pagan sense of a strong and independent woman. The Moon Goddess was worshipped in orgiastic rites, being the divinity of matriarchal women free to take as many lovers as they choose. Women could ‘surrender’ themselves to the Goddess by making love to a stranger in her temple. ”—
Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor, The Great Cosmic Mother - Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via rabbitinthemoon)
Wow while it’s SUPER IMPORTANT to understand that the concept of “virgin” has never really had the meaning of “sexless” until recent white westernness and colonial imperialism this babble about THE MOON GODDESS is awful and frankly ignorant. You cannot just cherry pick “strong laydee goddesses” and “important man heroes” from six or seven completely different cultures and time periods and pretend like they’re all some indication of a hidden MOON GODDESS TRUTH? Each of these female entities named here are representative of their own culture. Can we just have a discussion on the etymology of “virgin” in multiple languages and cultures and the significance of that without babbling like children about THE ALL SEEING MOON GODDESS and attempting to prove said MOON GODDESS by throwing a half ton of various peoples’ sacred ideas, figures, and stories into a woowoo magic blender?
There’s a great deal of truth to the idea of sacred femininity and sexual independence in various parts of the world. PLEASE STOP MAKING IT ABOUT ~*~*~DIANA~*~*~ AND ~*~*~ISHTAR~*~*~ OK. DO REAL RESEARCH INTO CULTURE.
Reblogging for commentary and for adding “woowoo magic blender” to my vocabulary.
Seriously, though. Can we please not do this, it’s appropriative, racist, and just disgusting. You wanna take down the Western-white concept of virginity, SUPER GREAT. But do it without stealing other people’s stuff, yeah? If you want to take down White Western virginity concepts, how about you just point out that it’s FUCKING ABSURD TO BEGIN WITH.
And your research - at least on the Greek and Roman stuff - leaves MOUNDS to be desired.
And if you want to talk about these other cultures - which I don’t think this OP should ever try to do again, frankly - how about doing good research, referencing sources FROM THAT CULTURE and celebrating them on their own rather than throwing them into WooWoo Magic Blender.
“ Miłość jest zabawką, żetonem, naperfumowana chusteczką, miłość jest czekiem, który można podrobić, który można zrealizować. Miłość jest zapłatą, którą można ściągnąć przez komornika. ”— Biały oleander
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