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: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all 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.

And we may now commence the comprehensive scrutiny of every individual piece of clothing and/or armor in the new Wonder Woman costume, as well as every individual quadrant and sub-quadrant of the represented actress, with corresponding rhetoric about what each feature means to the identity of every woman, living or dead, and whether liking or not liking that individual feature is either feminist or misogynist. (those are the only two options) Ready annnnnd GO!

(Source: tvcm)

nevver:

The Batmen, Salvador Anguiano

allthatscosplay:

League of Legends’ Orianna Sportin’ the Sewn Chaos Skin by AHu-PL
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allthatscosplay:

League of Legends’ Orianna Sportin’ the Sewn Chaos Skin by AHu-PL

For all of your cosplay, gaming, anime, comic con, and all-around nerd culture needs, visit All That’s Epic.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Submit us your cosplay photos!

no-puppy-eyes:

Go to Wonderland.

Smile! The Pressure to be Happy

thebodyisnotanapology:

by Megan Ryland

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Sometimes it seems like Happiness (with a capital H)…


It is insane to the point of being fantastical, as hard to comprehend as the vastness of the galaxy, that anyone anywhere would even be physically capable of having a feeling about whether the color of my shoes is appropriate to my genitals.