Median system thoughts
We're plural and still figuring things out.
Sometimes I'm Ember, sometimes I'm Blaze, a lot of the time we're blended in some way, but Ember is the main one who fronts.
Generally if a post is unmarked it's probably mostly Ember. We may use 🔥 or 🖤 to indicate if Blaze is posting
Blaze is a nonbinary butch woman and you can use she/they pronouns for her
Hi, I'm Ember! I'm moving from social.theliturgists.com , and I'm excited to be at weirder.earth because I'm extremely weird and proud of it.
I'm currently in college studying anthropology, which is a good fit for me, because as an Autistic person I feel like I'm constantly studying people and trying to understand a culture that is foreign to me.
I also love languages and linguistics and I'm currently trying to learn French and Arabic.
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"Autistics against the gender binary"
Wow I need this sticker!
Wish I felt safe being fully out
Considering the most recent racist nonsense I think it's worthwhile to point out the revisionist history that is likely at play when white people are discussing historical human sacrifice
Europeans did a LOT of human sacrifice and also at least up to the Victorian era some of the strangest cannibalism known to have occurred (they ate mummies) it wasn't until "enlightenment" era dickheads invented whiteness that we see the white supremacist lie that Europeans were "enlightened"
Hey nerds - preferably white privileged ones:
Do free labour for a Itázipčho person who wants to reconnect to the culture your culture stole me from:
I want to be able to use the lakotayapi keyboard layout from Linux (Peppermint, a Debian flavor): https://lakhota.org/keyboards/
How do I do it?
Don't @ me with "have you tried...?" or similar: I want a tested-by-you step-by-step of exactly what to do to add an equivalent layout to Linux, please.
Now, I'd like to very gently suggest that if a man in Montaigne's position, who was predisposed in every imaginable way to be prejudiced against native Americans, was able to see that he was in no position to criticise them when the society in which he lived was built up on more barbarism than the human mind can comprehend, then maybe you can too.
When we describe bigots as "of their time", we are effectively crowning them as the sole voice of humanity during said "time".
If anyone was "of his time" in 16th century, France, it was Michel de Montaigne. An extremely well-read, rich, and successful man, who had never seen a native American person in his life. And even he could see through the hypocrisy of the stereotypes colonialists had invented to justify genocide.
Here I would like to push back against the idea that Montaigne was "ahead of his time", or indeed that the Europeans who did hold genocidal views of native Americans were "of their time". To describe them as such is implicitly to say that native Americans, who did not want to be genocided, were therefore not "of" the time during which they lived.
These stories would have been painfully familiar to Montaigne's readers, as the Wars were still ongoing when he wrote his essays.
Who are the French, Montaigne argues, to criticise such a sophisticated people as the Tupinambá, for extremely rare cannibalistic practices that are utterly insignificant compared to the mass murders that have come to be accepted as normal within French society? Are they not the ones who should be calling the French savages?
Montaigne spends some time talking about a couple of Tupinambá men who he'd heard had travelled to Paris, and proved themselves to be as intelligent and polite as any Parisian nobleman. He then turns his sights on the current state of France. He attacks what he sees as unacceptable levels of social injustice, and relates stories of murders and massacres committed as part of the Wars of Religion.
In "Of Cannibals", Montaigne describes what he has heard and read about the native Tupinambá of current-day Brazil. In particular, he tries to clarify what he sees as the stereotypical views his contemporaries have of the Tupinambá's cannibalism. He describes cannibalism as a very rare, highly ritualised practice whose primary purpose is to honour the ennemy.
Then it gets really interesting.
The word "essay", and the literary-philosophical form it describes, were invented in the 16th century by Michel de Montaigne.
Montaigne was, in his time, an extremely successful and wealthy statesman. In his older age, and following the devastating loss of his "best friend" Étienne de La Boétie, Montaigne decided to retire and dedicate his time to writing. He came to call the discursive, entertaining, argumentative texts he wrote "essays".
One of these essays is titled "Of Cannibals".
Person of interest, kink
I've only rewatched a few episodes, but damn this show is kinky lol
Like there's a lot of tying people up and torture, but in a very kinky way.
Also unlike similar shows, the people are *actually* tied up well, and in one scene they were using ballgags to keep the people quiet lol
internet vs irl relationships
anyway this is probably why queers are way more likely to have ldr through the internet than cishets, because to a cishet the most important part of a relationship is being able to hold hands and kiss and fuck, but to a queer all that comes second to sharing your life with someone who knows understands and loves the dangerous secret parts of you. cishets dont need to worry about that at all
21 year old college student studying anthropology
a Relationship Anarchist
Liberation for all
All things with love
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