Archive | October, 2015

Our culture is a lie:

18 Oct
Basically, the Earth is dying, and the system is killing it. Oh, and that’s the same system that is going to take countless hours of your time and energy until you retire and then die. It tells you that “You have to work to have food, shelter, water, electricity, and money for leisure”.
The hours of work, the bills, the uncertainty, the neverending endeavour to prove your “worth” by being “Successful”….
We all carve the best life we can out of the margins & scraps of time we have left… OR better yet, we navigate the system until we find a job that fulfills us (these are the lucky ones). Basically our entire society is premised on the lie that “There’s not enough stuff, you have to EARN it!”…. When really, its all sitting in hoards at the top.
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The Ancient Romans We’re All “Tops”.

9 Oct
Did you know that Romans had a vastly different conception of sexuality?
 
It was socially acceptable if you were a man, to be the active, penetrative member in sex with both men and women, but If you we’re the receptive partner, you were likened to a woman, and would suffer an accompanying loss of status. Although, the non-penetrative forms of sex may not have abided the same rules.
 
In their virile Roman bravado, our ancients loved to brag about their sexploits with graffiti carved into the walls: “I butt-fucked Nisus 10 times”
 
Scipio Aemelianus (a censor & consul) issued this attack on P. Sulpicius Galus for his effeminate, bottom-y behavior:
 
“For the kind of man who adorns himself daily in front of a mirror, wearing perfume; whose eyebrows are shaved off; who walks around with plucked beard and thighs; who when he was a young man reclined at banquets next to his lover, wearing a long-sleeved tunic; who is as fond of men as he is of wine: can anyone doubt that he has done what cinaedi (*bottoms) are in the habit of doing?”
 
If you were hairless, beardless and boyish (age 12 to 20) you were a boy, and could be penetrated freely by the master of the house. If you were a slave, or male prostitute, you had lower status in citizenship, and it wouldn’t be an affront to be “plowed”, because your masculinity doesn’t matter. (the “plowing a field” metaphor being employed by our ancients, as eagerly as we do today, from the play Truculentus by Plautus: “If you yearn to plow, it’s better to go to the ones who are ussually plowed: boys”)
 
Roman Homosexuality : Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity By Craig A. Williams (Assistant Professor of Classics Brooklyn College)

The Surprising History Of Homosexuality And Homophobia.

9 Oct

“Most men, at some time in their lives, experience homoerotic feelings towards other men – whether they choose to admit it or not. According to Masters and Johnson, the percentage of men who have had a homoerotic experience to orgasm in amazingly high even in America. By the age of 49, fully 60% of American men have had such an experience.”

Reflections Asia.

Source from: http://www.bidstrup.com/phobiahistory.htm

What Catholicism and most other modern Christian churches vigorously deny is just how much homosexuality was not only tolerated, but practiced by many of its founding fathers, and the degree of toleration, if not veneration, it received. Afrocentrics often deny that homosexuality was a feature of African cultures in ancient times. And more than a few anglicized Native Americans would be shocked to learn that homosexuals were not only common among their tribal ancestors, but were even venerated as being spiritually gifted.

Homosexualty and bisexuality, we now know from modern research, are ubiquitous throughout the world. They exist in all cultures, and at all times in history. Relics of our evolutionary history, homosexuality and bisexuality are very commonly practiced in nearly every culture, whether tolerated or not. The differences among cultures are the openness with which it is practiced.

Another thing we know from modern research is…

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