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Christine de Pizan (1364- c. 1430)
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Christine de Pizan is one of the best known writers of the medieval period, yet if not for circumstances beyond her control she might never have picked up a pen.  The daughter of an Italian scientist at the court of Charles V of France, Christine was given a classical education before her marriage at the age of fifteen to a royal secretary named Etienne du Castel.  When she was 25, her beloved husband died in an epidemic.  As her father had already passed away, Christine found herself responsible for the care of not only herself and her two children, but also her mother and an orphaned niece.
Christine began writing love ballads that caught the attention of wealthy patrons who enjoyed both her poetry and the novelty of a female writer.  Christine wrote hundreds of poems, many on commission for specific nobles, and this work allowed her to support her family and clear the debts left after her husband’s death.
Christine’s most famous work, The Book of the City of Ladies (1405), is an impassioned defense of women.  It challenged misogyny by creating a symbolic city of righteous women.  The women profiled include historical figures such as Zenobia and Sappho, pagan goddesses such as Isis and Minerva, women from the Hebrew Bible such as Deborah and the unnamed Woman of Valor (Proverbs 31), and Christian saints such as the Virgin Mary and St. Lucy.  Christine’s book was a testimony to the accomplishments of women and argued for wider access to education for women. 
While The Book of the City of Ladies is primarily about female achievement, Christine also included an anti-rape message.  As a character in the book, Christine says “I am therefore troubled and grieved when men argue that many women want to be raped and that it does not bother them at all to be raped by men even when they verbally protest…”  Lady Rectitude, one of Christine’s guides in The Book of the City of Ladies, responds “Rest assured, dear friend, chaste ladies who live honestly take absolutely no pleasure in being raped. Indeed, rape is the greatest possible sorrow for them. Many upright women have demonstrated that this is true with their own credible examples…”
In 1418, Christine retired to a convent in Poissy.  At the convent she wrote one final poem which she dedicated to Joan of Arc.  It is the only known French language work about Joan of Arc written during Joan’s lifetime.

coolchicksfromhistory:

Christine de Pizan (1364- c. 1430)

Art by April Babcock (tumblr)

Christine de Pizan is one of the best known writers of the medieval period, yet if not for circumstances beyond her control she might never have picked up a pen.  The daughter of an Italian scientist at the court of Charles V of France, Christine was given a classical education before her marriage at the age of fifteen to a royal secretary named Etienne du Castel.  When she was 25, her beloved husband died in an epidemic.  As her father had already passed away, Christine found herself responsible for the care of not only herself and her two children, but also her mother and an orphaned niece.

Christine began writing love ballads that caught the attention of wealthy patrons who enjoyed both her poetry and the novelty of a female writer.  Christine wrote hundreds of poems, many on commission for specific nobles, and this work allowed her to support her family and clear the debts left after her husband’s death.

Christine’s most famous work, The Book of the City of Ladies (1405), is an impassioned defense of women.  It challenged misogyny by creating a symbolic city of righteous women.  The women profiled include historical figures such as Zenobia and Sappho, pagan goddesses such as Isis and Minerva, women from the Hebrew Bible such as Deborah and the unnamed Woman of Valor (Proverbs 31), and Christian saints such as the Virgin Mary and St. Lucy.  Christine’s book was a testimony to the accomplishments of women and argued for wider access to education for women. 

While The Book of the City of Ladies is primarily about female achievement, Christine also included an anti-rape message.  As a character in the book, Christine says “I am therefore troubled and grieved when men argue that many women want to be raped and that it does not bother them at all to be raped by men even when they verbally protest…”  Lady Rectitude, one of Christine’s guides in The Book of the City of Ladies, responds “Rest assured, dear friend, chaste ladies who live honestly take absolutely no pleasure in being raped. Indeed, rape is the greatest possible sorrow for them. Many upright women have demonstrated that this is true with their own credible examples…”

In 1418, Christine retired to a convent in Poissy.  At the convent she wrote one final poem which she dedicated to Joan of Arc.  It is the only known French language work about Joan of Arc written during Joan’s lifetime.

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Ekaterina Kondaurova and Nikolai Tsiskaridze, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

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Art Beautiful pieces of art made with flowers

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lyrangalia:

carry-on-my-wayward-butt:

voltisubito:

Who the fuck named the Sahara Desert anyway

Sahara is just the Arabic word for “deserts”

You fucking named it the Desert Desert

way to fucking go

chai tea

I’ll take “European Imperialists Who Never Bothered To Translate The Local Languages” for $200, Alex.

"Soviet" means "union"
The Union Union

We’re good at this.

the la brea tar pits

la brea = the tar

the the tar tar pits

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owlmylove:

whenever i’m sad i like to imagine what possible crime Steve Irwin’s ancestor committed to warrant him being sent to Australia like some Victorian gentleman escorting a lady to the zoo past the crocodile enclosure and going “do you see that great wyrm sunning itself there? quite a striking creature, is it not? I do believe I shall engage it in fisticuffs.” 

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I’m done with your bullshit. It’s time to be a grown up and move on. I can move on without you.

Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.

Margaret Atwood (via moonbrains)

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motherfuckingsassmaster:

things that people shit all over

  • ballet
  • cheerleading
  • color guard

things that are really fucking difficult

  • ballet
  • cheerleading
  • color guard

things that are predominantly female

  • ballet
  • cheerleading
  • color guard

Because I have done all of these at some point in my life.

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ronnieboehm:

 
Last year my friend Casanova Sorolla did the most ambitious version of his Signapura project to date. Four ballerinas of Slovak National Ballet did the Danse de Petits Cygnes from Swan Lake, one of the most iconic choreographies in ballet. Over 2kg of natural pigment was used to trace their steps on 74sqm of 320gsm Hahnemuhle paper, the pointe shoes working together as a giant printer. A film team was there to capture everything at 100fps. You can find the video here.The preperation took months and the actual event lasted 1’40”, the effort being insane. The picture will never sell, size alone makes that impossible. None of this makes any sense. But it goes to show that if you really want to do something, do it. Dream big and work hard. Doors will open.http://casanovasorolla.net/

ronnieboehm:

 

Last year my friend Casanova Sorolla did the most ambitious version of his Signapura project to date. Four ballerinas of Slovak National Ballet did the Danse de Petits Cygnes from Swan Lake, one of the most iconic choreographies in ballet. Over 2kg of natural pigment was used to trace their steps on 74sqm of 320gsm Hahnemuhle paper, the pointe shoes working together as a giant printer. A film team was there to capture everything at 100fps. You can find the video here.

The preperation took months and the actual event lasted 1’40”, the effort being insane. The picture will never sell, size alone makes that impossible. None of this makes any sense. But it goes to show that if you really want to do something, do it. Dream big and work hard. Doors will open.

http://casanovasorolla.net/

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