seasonal fashion according to me
god i hate summer
Anonymous asked: You know what I find funny? That people had to legit ask if walt and matt were a couple but everyone's just so sure about insisting that Luke and Nick are a thing. Fucking christ this fandom got real stupid real fucking fast.
dude holy shit that is the RAW TRUTH
like damn, i didn’t even notice that
but yeah for real this fandom is fucking dumb
Just goes to show that fandoms will always care more about seeing two young white dudes make out than about actual canon queer representation.
Would it be interesting if it were revealed in the upcoming episodes that Nick and Luke did actually harbor feelings for each other? Yes. It would add an extra dynamic to their relationship, and I would love to see more non-heterosexual characters in video games. But, it’s pretty telling that the actual gay couple is questioned and overlooked because one of the guys involved isn’t conventionally attractive.
Tink and Peter go on an adventure
just a PSA to arthurian enthusiasts everywhere:
Modern readers, I’ve found, are much more quick to condemn L&G’s adulterous relationship than medieval writers were.
Every damn time I teach Malory, students keep falling back on the argument “but if it wasn’t for those two, the whole house of cards wouldn’t have collapsed!”
Because Mordred and Aggravayne hatch a plot to catch L&G. That’s the catalyst that gets everything started. It’s like a domino death effect from there. There’s one horrific, accidental death (Gareth’s) that arguably serves as an even more significant instigator, but I’ll deal with that in another post.
"But how can you not see this as awful? I mean Lancelot is sleeping with his best friend’s WIFE! And Guinevere is CHEATING on the KING!"
We can condemn, and judge, and look down our noses all we want. That’ll never change the fact that Malory doesn’t condemn them, or judge them, or blame them. And that’s the rub. Malory. Never. Does. You know who else doesn’t?
For Malory, at least, adultery isn’t really on the radar as an especially sinful, immoral behavior. Lancelot does penance during Quest of the Sankgreal because he’s done all of his heroic deeds for the sake of the queen, and not for God. I think there’s a mention of immorality, but it pales in comparison to the main point, which is that Lancelot has his priorities out of order, and is attached to worldly things (the queen being the main one) too much in comparison to things of the spirit.
Yeah, fine, adultery and other lustful stuff is considered sinful, and punishable by law sometimes. In terms of morality, though, it’s chump change compared to what we see other characters struggling with.
It saddens me to see modern readers so hung up on what they consider sexual immorality that they gloss over, or miss entirely, a lot of other awful, cruel behavior (Aggravayne, Mordred), or a lot of emotionally driven, destructive acts that people will commit when they’re in tremendous emotional pain (Gawain), or the paralysis, despair, and passivity that comes with being older, being broken, and having to watch the work of your hands fall to pieces in front of you (Arthur himself).
Gods, I hate nihilism.
Least of the laity: the minimum requirements for a medieval Christian
This article investigates the minimum level of religious observance expected of lay Christians by church authorities, and the degree to which legislation and procedures attempted to enforce these stan- dards.1 Once baptized, a person entered the community of the faithful; and the medieval church was as much accountable for the health and salvation of the ignorant, the ambivalent, the disobedient or distracted as they were of the devout. From the twelfth century, theologians, clerical authorities and the laity turned with concerted enthusiasm to the question of lay observance, advancing high ideals for lay commitment and expanding opportunities for lay participation. Yet while acting to elucidate and advance these quali- ties, the church was nevertheless mindful of the number of Christians who might fail to reach even basic standards. The resulting balance of the ideal and the possible, and the degree to which it reached and was enforced upon the less-enthusiastic laity is explored here through expectations for knowledge, observance of sacraments, and participation in regular duties such as church attendance, tithe-paying and fasting. The result was a complex ideal of lay observance that was balanced by a tolerance of laxity and even failure, and a system which increasingly exhorted specific expectations but was hesitant to define contumacy or disobedience in many but the most obdurate or scandalous cases.
Xenophon, Retreat of the Ten Thousand (French translation), France ca. 1501.
BnF, Français 701, fol. 46r
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