in ancient egypt trans women were revered as demigods and were referred to as “two souled.” if that isn’t proof enough we’re superior to you cis people then I don’t know what is.
not to mention ancient egyptians thought transgender people were the offspring of a god/goddess and mortal being.
native americans, aborigines and muslims in indonesia had this too which is further proof that TERFs aren’t only cissexist but also colonial.
"Two-Spirit" is not the same as transgender, It is, more accurately, an expression of third or fourth genders that exist within certain Native American cultures, what you’re doing here is applying a Western framework (ie gender binarism) to cultures that have different gender roles (hint: this is a colonial attitude). “Aborigine” is a racist term, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have repeatedly expressed their objections to this term.
Gender is a social construct dependent on culture. It is a way to categorise human beings and, in patriarchal culture, to establish a hierarchy. So before appropriating the experiences of other cultures in order to accuse people of “colonialism”, next time put on your thinking cap before you open your mouth.
Now, in regards to the above comments. OP claimed that ancient Egyptians worshipped “transgender people” (I could not find any reputable source on this information, and transgender is in quotes there because it is a Western concept OP has applied to a different cultural setting.) Down the line, checkingoftheprivilege suddenly chimes in and opines that “TERFS aren’t only cissexist but also colonial”. Unless this was a response to an earlier conversation or some kind of reference, I fail to see the connection between the ancient Egyptians’ “transgender worship” and modern feminists. Is it cissexist to not worship transgender people? Because it is certainly beginning to seem that way.
Let me say it bluntly:
Pregnancy is barbaric. I do not believe, as many women are now saying, that the reason the pregnancy is viewed as not beautiful is strictly due to cultural perversion… Pregnancy is the temporary deformity of the body of the individual for the sake of the species.
Moreover, childbirth hurts. And it isn’t good for you. Three thousands years ago, women giving birth ‘naturally’ had no need to pretend that pregnancy was a real trip, some mystical orgasm (that far-away look). The Bible said it: pain and travail. The glamour was unnecessary: women had no choice. They didn’t dare squack. But at least they could scream as loudly as they wanted during their labour pains. And after it was over, even during it, they were admired in a limited way for their bravery; their valour was measured by how many children (sons) they could endure bringing into the world.
Today all this has been confused. The cult of natural childbirth itself tells us how far we’ve come from true oneness with nature. Natural chilbirth is only one more part of the reactionary hippie-Rousseauean Return-to-Nature, and just as self-conscious. Perhaps a mystification of childbirth, true faith, makes it easier for the woman involved. Pseudo-yoga excercises, twenty pregnant women breathing deeply on the floor to the conductor’s baton, may even help some women develop ‘proper’ attitudes (as in ‘I didn’t scream once’). The squirming husband at the bedside, like the empathy pains of certain tribesmen (‘Just look what I go through with you, dear’), may make women feel less alone during her ordeal. But the fact remains: childbirth is at best necessary and tolerable. It is not fun.
(Like shitting a pumpkin, a friend of mine told me when I inquired about the Great-Experience-You’re-Missing. What’s-wrong-with-shitting-shitting-can-be-fun says the School of the Great Experience. It hurts, she says. What’s-wrong-with-a-little-pain-as-long-as-it-doesn’t-kill-you? answers the school. It is boring, she says. Pain-can-be-interesting-as-an-experience says the school. Isn’t that a rather high price to pay for interesting experience? she says. But-look-you-get-a-reward, says the school: a-baby-all-your-own-to-fuck-up-as-you-please. Well, that’s something, she says. But how do I know it will be a male like you?)
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialect of Sex (1970)
comments from Seebster:
My friends, now of baby-having age, are ALL about this natural childbirth stuff. One dear friend, while she didn’t make that mystical orgasm claim, was saying how the movements of giving birth are reminiscent of having sex. Another friend required major surgery sometime in her second trimester I think due to the fetus literally deforming her insides (due to a previously unknown anomalous digestive tract that would have given her no trouble had she not been pregnant) and experienced excruciating pain throughout her pregnancy with minimal medication - but for some reason plans to do it all again. Her twin sister had to watch all that terror…and yet is now pregnant herself and wants to do all the natural stuff, too.
I cannot relate to this level of masochism. I guess it’s good that there are plenty of women who seem to genuinely want this ordeal, since Firestone’s alternative (artificial wombs instead of women carrying and delivering) is an unappealing vision of the future. (I’m thinking: Borg babies.) All I know is that if I were to find myself impregnated for any reason, I would do anything to get it out of me. It does NOT sound “natural” to me, it does NOT sound mystical-orgasmic to me, it does NOT sound glamorous or a fulfillment of some feminine maternal destiny to me.
The truth is, maternal mortality is a real thing, and dying in childbirth is every bit as natural as a healthy delivery. Even in the United States. Even in cases where it should be preventable in this day and age, women die. (see http://www.arhp.org/publications-and-resources/contraception-journal/march-2011) The truth is, pregnant bodies are particularly vulnerable to state coercion. (see http://jhppl.dukejournals.org/content/early/2013/01/15/03616878-1966324.full.pdf+html) The truth is, women are still struggling to define our bodies as just that: our bodies, our being, our physical manifestation in this world - and being an incubator just doesn’t make sense to me as part of that struggle.
It’s almost as though we need to set aside a portion of the population that’s just for this unpleasant deforming processes, convince them that they want this horrible travesty that may potentially be a self-sacrificing death, convince them that it’s in their nature to want it, tell them it’s glamorous or valorous or orgasmic….
I am so glad there are so many people who share my anti-pregnancy feelings.
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so wayne barlowe and guy davis did a bunch of monster designs for pacific rim.
Man I’m really sad Karloff wasn’t in the movie. That is one way cool monster design, even if it does have a vagina on it’s chest.
I’m going to just run into the wall repeatedly until I see Pacific Rim. That’s just what’s going to happen now.
Figured I’d do one of these a day for a week and make a lil photoset at the end of it. Reference from Mineralists.
I wasn’t intending to spend toooo much time on this, but I ended up overshooting my estimate by 2 hours. And it STILL looks rough! I’m gonna have to polish these properly later…
Reference image from Mineralists.
I had this idea to take a mineral texture and make a creature out of it for practice, so I took a good look at Mineralist’s tumblr and picked out a few samples. Here’s the first one.
I got a request to do Tabular Wulfenite so here it is for number 5
my fingers hurt
reference image from Friends of Minerals Forum
words can’t express my LOEV