ladydragon76
Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virile. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.

Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via tierdropp)

Y’all need to know this.

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^ AWESOME HISTORICAL FACTS RIGHT HERE

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Need to finish reading that book :-)

This is interesting. I should perhaps read this book.

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BEEN SAYING THAT ABOUT VIRGINITY FOR YEARS.

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women-in-science
My youngest flaunts her mind, and frightens away the suitors.
Louis Nicolas le Tonnerlier de Breteuil, on his daughter, the raddest person in history, Émilie du Châtelet. Emilie was a scientist in the 18th century who proved Newton’s ideas on velocity wrong. She also played a role in helping Einstein figure out E = mcwith E=mv2 (via intuitiveunderstanding)
humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"I always loved doing musicals in school, so when I came back from Iraq, I decided I was going to be an actor. I’ve been in all sorts of TV shows over the last ten years. You know, the kind of roles where people say: ‘Hey! Weren’t you ‘that guy’ in ‘that show?’ I work as a police officer to pay the bills. All the other officers call me Officer Hollywood."

humansofnewyork:

"I always loved doing musicals in school, so when I came back from Iraq, I decided I was going to be an actor. I’ve been in all sorts of TV shows over the last ten years. You know, the kind of roles where people say: ‘Hey! Weren’t you ‘that guy’ in ‘that show?’ I work as a police officer to pay the bills. All the other officers call me Officer Hollywood."