I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.
The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”
In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.
Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.
Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.
Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), highly developed drainage system where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which lined the major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.It was made from bricks smoothened and joined together seamlessly. The expert masonry kept the sewer watertight. Drops at regular intervals acted like an automatic cleaning device.
Filters for solid waste.Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.
Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.
THINCGS R LOOKIN UP UP UP
cross yer fingers
- so tired
- call to confirm
- goes to machine
- who even am I?
- want to go to sleep
- don’t know where I’ll sleep after tomorrow.
Tumblr, Tumblr, Tumblr… I thought I wasn’t going to post about this at all, but I’m surprised that no one else has pointed out that Jared Leto did thank Calpernia Addams (an out trans actress who I guess coached on trans issues/experience for the film) in his Oscar speech.
Like, dangit Tumblr, can’t any viral post that is supposed to help our community get fact checked and be accurate? The fact that we need trans portrayals by trans actors stands even when you’re accurate about the facts, and being inaccurate just gives ammo to people who don’t want to see us be out, visible, and proud.
So much truth that Lupita Nyong’o’s speech was beautiful and incomparable and emotional, so I don’t intend to say that it wasn’t by pointing out the inaccuracy in the second part of the post going around.
Edit to add: Even more than accuracy, it’s pretty uncool to erase the recognition of Calpernia’s contributions to the film.
I’ll be real: Besides Addams, I don’t really know the other actors. I don’t know the film. I have no idea what all the hubub is about [and more so since the hubub only really stared when the oscar question started, I didn’t see anyone mention anything about this movie until then.]
but Yeah. It’s wrong to erase the contributions of a trans person to a trans-relevant piece of film production, just because there’s a cis “face” acting the role. The effect is that Calpernia’s efforts are meaningless or don’t matter because we’re giving more preference to looking at a cis person (Jared Leto), basically reducing her to Key Grip in all we care about the movie.
I think Calpernia Addam’s also said something really on-point about the roles that filmmakers usually reach for trans characters for, and the way the trans political community is dismissive of said characters:
Leto’s “Rayon” is not the rock upon which I’d make my last stand concerning this issue. It’s just an inspiration for this discussion. I advocate for positive portrayals and opportunities for trans people in the media. Some are displeased that this particular portrayal, “Rayon”, is another trans sex worker role. Another trans addict role. Another trans “mystical advisor/comic relief” role. Another “trans person punished in the end” role. Those are indeed over represented portrayals, and I do want more balance… Soon! But I have known people like Rayon. She is not a made-up grab bag of random hateful attributes. She’s a portrayal of an uncomfortable segment of the trans experience that a few TLGB folks would rather be erased and not discussed. I think many of the haters hate Rayon because she isn’t beautiful, she isn’t passable, she isn’t gender binary, she isn’t 2014-political. And when I see that elitist hypocrisy, I’m inclined to push back and write essays like this.
It’s hard being trans, more so in the era and circumstances of Dallas Buyers Club. I’ve known plenty of trans sex workers, self-medicators, wise teachers, hilarious weirdos and people taken before their time due to violence and lack of healthcare. I’ve known trans people very much like Rayon, and maybe if some people got up from their remote-activism-devices (computer screens and smartphones) and left their ivory towers and privilege-bubbles, they’d meet a few people like Rayon face-to-face, too.
Then they could see that a human portrayal of this real segment of the trans community is a good thing. Even if it’s by a non-trans person.
I bolded that one sentence because it’s really resonant; it brings to mind the way cis gay ppl erased trans queer existence; hetero trans ppl erased trans queer existence; hetero cis identifying gender variant ppl clung to the gender binary and erased trans queer existence. The dominant groups wanted heteronormativity and so, erased the ways queer trans people looked and acted and lived because it was a “bad stereotype” that held them back from being accepted as a heteronormative group.
There’s huge leaps that trans media representation needs to make, but often activist communities just want to silence, tone down, erase, and homogenize segments of trans experience as a “not real bad stereotype” instead of emphasizing that it’s the dearth of trans representation in the first place that is the enemy, the lack of contrasts; dismissing certain roles and characteristics as “not actually part of trans life” is aping for social respectability.
the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu
Blood is thicker than waterThe blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.
Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.
I’ve never been able to find an actual source of the whole “blood of the covenant” thing being the original phrase so that’s disputable (but a cool phrase in its own right regardless)
Re: Curiosity killed the cat
That is incorrect.
"Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back" is NOT the original phrase, because "curiosity killed the cat" is not the actual or original phrase.
It was originally “care killed the cat”, in which “care” means excessive worrying.
The idea of curiosity killing the became popular later on, probably more-so when using the word “care” in that context stopped being common usage.
The extra appendage of “satisfaction brought it back” is a much, much more recent addition.
And if you think about it, “care (worrying) killed the cat” is a better modern phrase in, idk, childrearing, like “let go mom jfc”
@write-on-red : I couldn’t figure out how to get in contact with that twitter persyn. Twitter confounds me. TxT but thank you for sending that link anyway!
doubleyouseewhy : I subtly hinted for months but honestly I didn’t tell anyone I didn’t live with for a while. We missed it here so much ;o; Philly was great but it’s…not the “same”? It’s very much a different city and my relationship to it is very different. NYC has a much deeper history with me; Philly seemed like the place my family tried to get out of [and paradoxically, it felt similar to Syracuse in major ways, around where my family ended up and broke against the same urge]
Now begins the great apartment scouring.
lying in some crappy Bed-Sty apartment turned hostel.
NYC NYC NYC