“He who fights with monsters should be careful he doesn’t become a monster himself. Unless that makes him more effective at fighting monsters. Like he becomes a badass werewolf who knows how to use a sword and has magic armor. That’d be so rad.”—Nietzsche (via doc-sarge)
Can someone explain why certain otherkin use nounself pronouns? Pronouns are meant to denote your gender, not your species. That’s not an opinion, that’s an axiom. If you’re genderless, no matter what your species, you can use gender…
Honestly? I just about only use he/she/they as pronouns. I’m sorry, I have tried, but zie/zim/zir and some of the other ones just don’t roll off the tongue, and as hocestcorpus, they tend to bog down conversations in explanations. I work in a super corporate environment. At this point i’ve gotten so used to they as a third or non-gendered option that I use it about half the time now. It does sometimes drive the more heteronormative folks crazy (and as I work in the bridal gown industry, its assumed all our customers are female) but they are in the minority
What I would really like to know or have is a third gender ‘calming term of respect’. For example, I say ‘ma’am’ and ‘sir’ a lot on the phone. And apparently, now in person! This is a good thing, IMO. But I wish we had something to denote respect that was not gender based. Even Mr. and Ms (and I always use Ms unless otherwise requested or a certain relationship exits. My coworkers and I all refer to each other as Miss, but we are familiar). The only thing I can think of is comrade, but I don’t think that one is going to catch on again anytime soon. Among friends I say buddy, but thats waaaay to casual at work.
How do you feel about the neo-nazis and white supremacists that tend to congregate in Norse pagan circles?
Hello Anon and thank you for the question.
I think that it is the single most toxic, destructive and damaging aspect that Norse Heathens will face in keeping the religion alive, helping it grow and gaining legitimacy.
If we cannot oust these types of undesirable people, who masquerade behind our faith and use it as an excuse for their unrelated agendas, then it will pollute Norse Heathenry so badly that no one will want to touch it.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.”—Proverbs 31: 25-26 (via christowitch)
I may actually do a huge info-dump at some point here about witch and sorcerer tropes and stereotypes and how a lot of it is drawn from European Middle-Ages anti-semitism. Since this is a shocking thing people didn’t realize, I guess, and I have noticed that posts about anti-semitism don’t get…
I think this is one of the things I picked up on early, but I was raised on Long Island. My school district and general vicinity was all Italians and Jews, and the occasional Irish Catholic; and then spending most of my 20’s in NYC, you get…jew…ish? But very familiar with Jewish Holy Days and food and what no. We had grandchildren of Holocaust survivors at my schools. When I moved to Philly, I was out of my element. My grocery store decorated for Yom Kippur with menorah and dreidles. >.< I didn’t really understand anti-semetism was a *really* big deal until I left; we talked about it lots in school, but there was none in our day to day life. (Racism, well, that’s another story. I mean, it *was* Long Island.)
My first long term boyfriend used to tell a story about his Grandmother, when she was doing some sort of teaching work in another country, where they had a rather low opinion of Jews. She decided to tell the kids she would ‘bring a real jew’ in for them to meet; and then walked out and came back in. They were *amazed* that she did not actually have horns. This was like….60, 70 years ago?
So it was an easy leap for me to see this, but I can kinda see why others don’t catch it right away, unless your raise to think about those things.
asgeir9 said: Just reblogged and added to your Wolfangel post. But one symbol I was trying to find some positive origin for recently, and was wondering if you knew, is the Wewelsburg Sunwheel. Does that particular variant of the Sunwheel pre-date the 1930s? Thx
Between that bullshit, the racist costume bullshit, and the slutty costume bullshit (+1 for slutty AND racist costumes) i’ve really come to prefer my Kindred’s nice, quiet dumb supper instead of the redonkulousness of Halloween in America.
The more I learn about how (Western) witch-stereotypes throughout history were actually intimately hooked into anti-semitism, the more uncomfortable I get about modern neo-pagans yelling about how offended they are by witch tropes.
Apologies for the brain-vomit, but I just got smacked with a lightbulb about something.
One of the major Nokean points that get reiterated again and again is their constructed idea about Innangard vs Utangard (of which, thorraborinn has nicely deconstructed this before in an essay somewhere),…