One hand slid up her thigh and underneath her smallclothes. When he tore them away, he saw that her moon’s blood was on her, but it made no difference.
Today’s topic is menstruation. I know, I know, but after last week’s topic, smallclothes, I received several questions about how one dealt with this issue in a world without drawers. Cersei is wearing her tear away panties in this scene, so presumably she could use something, although Jaime makes no note of it. (Can you imagine if he had? People are already disturbed by the menstrual blood in this sex scene, as opposed to the body of their dead son being right there.) It begs the question: what did medieval women use? It might actually turn out that in potentially using nothing, Cersei is more medieval than you’d expect.
Hilary Mantel, “Royal Bodies” (London Review of Books)
I am reading this right now because a) Hilary Mantel is brilliant, and b) the entire internet seems to be in a tizzy about it, which is really saying something for an essay in the LRB. And let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC.
i wholeheartedly recommend this piece! the internet and some non-internet places seem to think it’s some kind of hit piece on kate middleton, which literally could not be farther from the truth? so idk what line they read out of context before ignoring the rest (probably the machine-turned limbs bit? which: ugh so jealous of her phrasing), but the rest (which is more of a hit piece on vulture culture and the commodification of celebrity and reproduction among other things? imo?) is pretty fucking fantastic.
so go read it okay great
I know I’m an old but Jim Lehrer Office Space’ing all over the stage isn’t the worst debate moderation of all time, you guys. It’s not even the worst of the last thirty years.
Just a simple question in 1988 from debate moderator Bernard Shaw tripped up then-Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis: “Governor, if [your wife] Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?”
So, I started watching Copper on BBC America because *_* mid-Civil War NYC and *_* early Harlem, but it turns out to be pretty much just lol whores and lol greasy Irish and lol horrible gut-churning child prostitution and sexual abuse :(
I checked out a few episodes ago but my sister’s still watching and this latest episode had a dude who was like “ugh they put me in a POW camp on Johnson’s Island outside Sandusky”, which is here:
Which was exciting! Because you hardly ever hear about the role Ohio played in murdering a lot of POWs through terrible conditions and the unwillingness and inability to provide adequate food and shelter during winters on the lake. Not a great part of my state’s history, but an important one! So, excited! And the dude even mentioned that part of how horrible it was, was that the good citizens of Sandusky paid 10 cents a piece to be rowed across to gawk at the Confederate prisoners.
Oh, excuse me, the guy on Copper said they paid ten cents a piece to be rowed across the Ohio River, which is where the three arrows point:
GDI writers you couldn’t even do this one little thing >:(
Noam Chomsky (via obstacleuno)
this is fucking important and should be posted everywhere, every single day.
also, if you haven’t read The Shock Doctrine, check that shit out immediately.