Brown-Eyed Athena

Author Amy Leigh Strickland

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Don't Believe Every Meme You See

girlwithalessonplan:

holtthink:

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Have you seen this meme going around Facebook? It is quite popular and has a gizillion “Likes.” I saw it on a few of my friends feeds, and it got me wondering if indeed the sentiment was true. Let’s think about it for a second:

The quote is: “In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and…

This whole post was a thing of beauty.  Read it.  

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Anonymous asked: What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?

girlwithalessonplan:

aconissa:

50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.

It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.

While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.

Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it. 

It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.

This is a very tactful, succinct summary of the problems with 50 Shades.  

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smartgirlsattheparty:

cicadababy:

here-in-the-room:

huffingtonpost:

IKEA ADVERTISES ADOPTABLE DOGS IN STORES, BECAUSE EVERY HOME NEEDS A RESCUE PUP

The idea to display the pets inside the store started in Singapore as a collaboration between Ikea and two animal shelters, according to Business Insider. Together they formed the project Home for Hope.

Watch the full video and also learn which state in the United States will be adopting pet displays in their Ikea stores here. 

this actually broke my heart a little bit and i cried what has the internet done to me wait no i just FUCKING LOVE DOGS SO MUCH

WOW 💖💖💖💖

SMART GIRLS ADOPT!!

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thehellenicguy:

fc101dragonfly:

thehellenicguy:

dark-vowelled:

thehellenicguy:

thingsgotwyrd:

thehellenicguy:

fc101dragonfly:

thehellenicguy:

didoofcarthage:

Apollo and Vesta by Francois-Andre Vincent
c. 1789
private collection

Vesta is the Roman goddess who people would consider to be “Hestia’s equivalent”. Mixing pantheons like dang, Vincent.
Still a gorgeous piece though.

There is no mixing of pantheons happening here.

 Okay well at what point was I wrong?

Vesta is Roman and Apollo is Greek. Come again on how there is no mixing of pantheons here?

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. I mean, Apollo has the lyre and everything.

Apollo is his Roman name, too, yes? As in, Apollon and Apollo are the one major example of the Theos and Roman deity being almost identical? Unless I’ve misunderstood something along the way.

Oh, I thought it was the Romans that called him Apollon >_<


dark-vowelled has it. Apollo is the only name most people know at all — mythology classes I took as a kid and as a teenager flat-out claimed he had the same name in both places, unlike all the other syncretized deities — but it’s actually the Roman name.

Thank you for the information! I had it completely backwards then. Oops! Thank you so much for pointing it out. 

Theoi has the Homeric and Orphic hymns using Apollon. those are Greek sources. Link: http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Apollon.html

thehellenicguy:

fc101dragonfly:

thehellenicguy:

dark-vowelled:

thehellenicguy:

thingsgotwyrd:

thehellenicguy:

fc101dragonfly:

thehellenicguy:

didoofcarthage:

Apollo and Vesta by Francois-Andre Vincent

c. 1789

private collection

Vesta is the Roman goddess who people would consider to be “Hestia’s equivalent”. Mixing pantheons like dang, Vincent.

Still a gorgeous piece though.

There is no mixing of pantheons happening here.

 Okay well at what point was I wrong?

Vesta is Roman and Apollo is Greek. Come again on how there is no mixing of pantheons here?


Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. I mean, Apollo has the lyre and everything.

Apollo is his Roman name, too, yes? As in, Apollon and Apollo are the one major example of the Theos and Roman deity being almost identical? Unless I’ve misunderstood something along the way.

Oh, I thought it was the Romans that called him Apollon >_<

dark-vowelled has it. Apollo is the only name most people know at all — mythology classes I took as a kid and as a teenager flat-out claimed he had the same name in both places, unlike all the other syncretized deities — but it’s actually the Roman name.

Thank you for the information! I had it completely backwards then. Oops! Thank you so much for pointing it out. 

Theoi has the Homeric and Orphic hymns using Apollon. those are Greek sources. Link: http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Apollon.html

(Source: the-athenaeum.org)

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thehpalliance:

Something to remember as we celebrate book seven:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago. The fandom spent a long time speculating about Book Eight, wanting nothing more than another installment.
Today, we know that there are at least three new Harry Potter movies ahead of us. We know that there will be a play about Harry’s early days. There are even whispers of a new book or something equally momentous up J.K. Rowling’s sleeve.But none of those are the eighth book. The Harry Potter series was not succeeded by the news of a theme park attraction or by Pottermore. It was succeeded by the same community that saw it through.We are book eight. And there’s a t-shirt for that.

Want.

thehpalliance:

Something to remember as we celebrate book seven:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago. The fandom spent a long time speculating about Book Eight, wanting nothing more than another installment.

Today, we know that there are at least three new Harry Potter movies ahead of us. We know that there will be a play about Harry’s early days. There are even whispers of a new book or something equally momentous up J.K. Rowling’s sleeve.

But none of those are the eighth book. The Harry Potter series was not succeeded by the news of a theme park attraction or by Pottermore. It was succeeded by the same community that saw it through.

We are book eight. And there’s a t-shirt for that.

Want.