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A lady living in Philadelphia; an ex-pat, an occasional artist; an enthusiastic but unskilled cook; a vintage lover; an aspiring crafter. Things that make my heart flutter: top hats, old silver candlesticks, costumes, books, Victoriana, peacock feathers, masks, stockings, burlesque, feminism, retro pin-ups, kitsch, fantasy, sci-fi, and all manner of misfits and oddities.

I blog about my Russian heritage, steampunk, Sherlock Holmes (in his multiple modern variations), art, pretty clothes, pretty ladies, and whatever tv shows catch my fancy.

Like, I think it was supposed to be shocking that there was sexual stuff going on next to the body of their dead son?

Well, if that was the intent, the writers blew it, because it was completely overshadowed by “Wtf is Jaime really going to rape Cersei?!”

That made so little sense. I’m glad to learn that it’s completely non-canon, because at least it means the books make sense.

Cersei is the one person Jaime truly cares about, more than himself. I was going to say “the one thing he values,” but that is wrong—he values his family, his knighthood, his sword skills and reputation, etc. Cersei he loves.

He’d give up all the “things” he values for Cersei, and has.

This is the man who joined the Kingsguard, an organization that forbids its members to marry, so that he could stay close to Cersei and not leave her. He refused to step down from it, even when told he would be disowned, because it would mean leaving Cersei.

This is not a man who views Cersei as something owed to him, to be taken when she proves difficult—it is a man who views his own life as belonging to Cersei.

She’s been with other men—he’s never been with anyone but her, of his own choice.

He has also stood up for women and fought to stop rape in every situation where he’s been faced with it. He’s done this to great danger to himself, and sometimes very grave consequences, and we’ve never seen him regret it or consider it to have been not worth the risk.

It is so, so, so out of character. For him to rape Cersei that way—out of sexual frustration, out of anger that she’s so “hateful,” out of a sense of resentment, to gain the upper hand—destroys everything we know about him and their relationship. It makes him the kind of man who’d abuse the woman he loves because he was upset.

And not the heated-momentary-outburst kind of abuse either, not that it would be better. No, the kind of abuse that requires continuous applied force, and a sustained effort to continue even as the woman he supposedly loves says “No, no, no, stop” over and over and over.

Because she what, provoked him? Because she held off affection? Because other things in his life were bothering him?

It makes him the kind of man who’d stop seeing the woman he loves a woman and see her body and affections instead as a recompense owed to him, to be taken, as soon as their relationship got difficult.

And Jaime raping Cersei does not make their relationship “more complicated” or “more weirdly fucked up.” It actually makes their relationship pretty damn plebeian, and takes the complexity out of Jaime and makes him just like any other man in Westeros.

(I mean, Cersei acting so cold to him is also out of character. She can be spiteful, and petty, and vengeful, and childish enough to take out her distress at Jaime’s circumstances on Jaime, but she’s far too codependent with him to cut him off from her like that.)

More than that, it seems to send the message that—even a man who stands up for women, who defends women from rape, who is loyal and devoted and has a strong personal code of honor… even he will rape someone if he’s just pushed enough. And any man who hasn’t raped yet… just hasn’t experienced a situation with the right amount of stress to push him over the edge? I guess?

That’s a horrible view of men to put forth, and an even worse one to hold, and I am very worried that the show runners might think it’s “understandable” that Jaime did this, because, well, Cersei is so very “difficult” and that’s just what a man can be pushed to do if a woman is bitchy enough.

— 23 hours ago with 4 notes
#GoT  #GoT spoilers  #jaime and cersei  #jaime lannister  #rape  #game of thrones  #cersei lannister 

Y’know, I’d really like it if just ONE woman could make it to the end of the Game of Thrones series without being raped.

Guess it’s not gonna be Cersei. :/

— 1 day ago
#got  #cersei lannister  #i really thought better of you jaime  #rape  #spoilers  #game of thrones  #GoT spoilers  #jaime and cersei 
Of course when it comes to decorating Easter eggs, there’s little that can compete with the Ukrainian pysanka.

Of course when it comes to decorating Easter eggs, there’s little that can compete with the Ukrainian pysanka.

— 3 days ago with 6 notes
#pysanka  #pysanky  #ukrainian  #easter  #easter eggs  #artistry 

fuckyeahmelancholy:

emilysidhe:

whovianthatreads:

wild-lion:

i think my saddest moment as an Australian was finding out that the rest of the world doesn’t say “never eat soggy weetbix” to figure out the order of the compass

NEVER EAT SOGGY WEETBIX!

"Never Eat Soggy Waffles" is not that different.

It’s like four things. We just remember it. Are you too busy running away from the hellspawn you call animal life to remember four things?

I gotta say, I’m pretty shocked at the idea that people need a mnemonic device to remember North, East, South and West. I mean, it’s the same order as on a map? Or anywhere? “Never eat soggy weetbix” is longer and more complicated than just remembering the actual directions?

(Source: annnica)

— 3 days ago with 68958 notes
#australians  #map reading  #compass  #directions  #mnemonic  #weirdness 

 И.И.Смукрович. У заутрени. (Освящение куличей). 1901.
At Easter Vigils (The Blessing of the Kulich), by Iosif I.Smukrovich. 1901.

 И.И.Смукрович. У заутрени. (Освящение куличей). 1901.

At Easter Vigils (The Blessing of the Kulich), by Iosif I.Smukrovich. 1901.

— 3 days ago with 12 notes
#easter  #pascha  #russian art  #russian folk customs  #russion orthodox church  #orthodoxy  #russian artist  #kulich  #russian  #кулич  #пасха 

Vintage Russian postcards by С. Ягужинский

This year, Western Easter and Russian Orthodox/Eastern Orthodox Easter fall in the same day.

It’s nice to be celebrating Easter at the same time that “everyone else” is for once. Of course, by “celebrating” I mostly mean calling and receiving calls from relatives. Easter is one of those religious holidays that my secular family still observes, with a strong emphasis on ritual rather than religion.

In Russia, eggs are traditionally dyed various shades of red, and they are dyed naturally, usually using onion skins. You can see the colors you are likely to get from that process in the Easter cards above.

Along with eggs, there is the traditional Easter kulich and pascha. Kulich is a sweet, rich bread, baked in tall molds and topped with icing.  Somewhat confusingly, it is called “paska” in Ukrainian, while as in Russia, the triangular tower of cottage cheese that accompanies the bread-cake is called pascha.

Pascha (Пасха) is in fact the Russian word for Easter (and it is also the word for Passover, as the holidays follow from one another). Paska is the Ukrainian variant, but it’s the same word.

Easter day, when I was little, was usually spent visiting friends and relatives. You would have a basket of dyed eggs at the house, and you would take some of the eggs with you when you went visiting. Upon seeing others, you would exchange Easter greetings by knocking the eggs together, and saying “Christ has risen!” with the answer “Indeed he has risen.”

I never cared for the religious aspect of it, but I always liked the social aspect, and I rather miss the tradition of Easter visits and the ritualized greeting. Plus knocking the eggs together was always fun.

— 3 days ago with 2 notes
#easter  #pascha  #paska  #Пасха  #russian easter  #russian folk customs  #russian tradition  #russian  #russia 

nocturna-fangor:

Belle

Maria Elena Naggi

Oil on canvas

From: The Art of the Disney Princess

This is another of my very favourite images from the book. It was done in the style of Francois Boucher’s 1759 painting of the brilliant Madame de Pompadour (Jeanne Antoinette Poisson). 

(via fairytalemood)

— 4 days ago with 2219 notes
#belle  #Disney  #fanart  #art  #painting  #18th c 
So lemme get this straight:

The King of Arrendelle is the brother of the Queen from Tangled, and the Arrendelle royals were on their way to the wedding of Flynn and Rapunzel when they got shipwrecked.

Except they didn’t die, but washed up on an island instead, gave birth to a baby boy, and then got eaten by a leopard.

The baby boy would grow up to meet Jane Porter, who comes with a vintage tea set and a propensity for stories, reading, exploration, and less-than-civilized-but-noble-blooded men inherited from her French grandmother.

Am I missing anything?

— 5 days ago with 5 notes
#frozen  #tangled  #belle  #beauty and the beast  #rapunzel  #arrendelle  #disney  #crossover  #tarzan  #jane porter 
dorkly:

What if Disney Made a “Firefly” Animated Movie?
To be fair, Joss Whedon and Disney seem to work well together.
Artist: Stephen Byrne

Love it.
(Yeah, Kaylee could be more Kaylee-looking, but River as a little girl and Book as “comic relief lovable old guy” is spot-on for Disney. Also, ZOE. )

dorkly:

What if Disney Made a “Firefly” Animated Movie?

To be fair, Joss Whedon and Disney seem to work well together.

Artist: Stephen Byrne

Love it.

(Yeah, Kaylee could be more Kaylee-looking, but River as a little girl and Book as “comic relief lovable old guy” is spot-on for Disney. Also, ZOE. )

— 1 week ago with 811 notes
#firefly  #disney  #fanart  #illustration 
fuckyeahchubbyfashion:

Lauren: http://starwarsiscoolok.tumblr.comSize 20/22/3XL
Top: Star Wars tank from Hot Topic in XXL and black cardigan thriftedShorts: Size 20 from thrift storeGalaxy Leggings: Size 3X from Forever 21Shoes: Size 11 Thrifted

I am not a fan of galaxy-print leggings in general, but here with the Star Wars galaxy print top, they work really well. Congrats to this lady for pulling it off!
Also I will always reblog redheads in glasses wearing shorts over tights. (Ahem ahem totally what I wore yesterday.) I’m super jealous of her bright coppery red, too.

fuckyeahchubbyfashion:

Lauren: http://starwarsiscoolok.tumblr.com
Size 20/22/3XL

Top: Star Wars tank from Hot Topic in XXL and black cardigan thrifted
Shorts: Size 20 from thrift store
Galaxy Leggings: Size 3X from Forever 21
Shoes: Size 11 Thrifted

I am not a fan of galaxy-print leggings in general, but here with the Star Wars galaxy print top, they work really well. Congrats to this lady for pulling it off!

Also I will always reblog redheads in glasses wearing shorts over tights. (Ahem ahem totally what I wore yesterday.) I’m super jealous of her bright coppery red, too.

(via jerilinn)

— 1 week ago with 772 notes
#redhead  #red hair  #star wars  #galaxy print  #fatshion  #chubby fashion  #stylish 
andisbetter:

Ignorance can be bliss—but don’t you just love knowing that there’s amazing power and wicked technology inside every Ford? Let AND Is Better whisk you away to your happy AND spider-free place.

Wait, what?

Ford thinks people wish they didn’t know about gravity?

Also, I think most people look pretty damn awesome naked.

andisbetter:

Ignorance can be bliss—but don’t you just love knowing that there’s amazing power and wicked technology inside every Ford? Let AND Is Better whisk you away to your happy AND spider-free place.

Wait, what?

Ford thinks people wish they didn’t know about gravity?

Also, I think most people look pretty damn awesome naked.

— 1 week ago with 31226 notes
#sponsored ads  #crappy marketing  #evil marketing 
unculturedmag:

Prada’s ‘The Iconoclasts’ Project - Edward Enninful
As part of Prada’s The Iconoclast series, W’s Fashion and Style Director Edward Enninful reimagined the interiors of the Prada stores on Milan’s Via Monte Napoleone. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, Enninful dressed the black and white mannequins in a combination of Prada’s Spring 2014 designs and archival pieces—all of them glittering, ‘20s, and oh-so jazzy.
See slideshow…

A Harlem Renaissance-themed campaign featuring white models front and center, and black models flanking them to the sides and in the shadows? Hey, Prada, how about NOT?
(Edward Enninful is black, but I guess he still has to work within Prada’s specifications…)

unculturedmag:

Prada’s ‘The Iconoclasts’ Project - Edward Enninful

As part of Prada’s The Iconoclast series, W’s Fashion and Style Director Edward Enninful reimagined the interiors of the Prada stores on Milan’s Via Monte Napoleone. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, Enninful dressed the black and white mannequins in a combination of Prada’s Spring 2014 designs and archival pieces—all of them glittering, ‘20s, and oh-so jazzy.

See slideshow…

A Harlem Renaissance-themed campaign featuring white models front and center, and black models flanking them to the sides and in the shadows? Hey, Prada, how about NOT?

(Edward Enninful is black, but I guess he still has to work within Prada’s specifications…)

— 2 weeks ago with 86 notes
#what are the white models even doing there  #sigh  #fashion  #prada  #harlem renaissance  #i guess