Through much of antiquity periods have been thought of as cursed and harmful. My classicist friend mentioned, as we were discussing this (as friends do) that there have been times/cultures where menstruation was not thought of as inherently evil or inauspicous.
And sometimes (fuck me if i can remember the culture/era being talked about) menstruatimg women would run through the farm fields with their skirts hiked up to repel demons.
This is much ado about an introduction, but remembering that conversation got me to thinking in fictional terms: what if demons really were repulsed by periods. Whatever the reason, it just grosses them out, or affects their powers…
What if Sebastian is afflicted by this particular quirk of demonhood and he’s unable to explain in polite victorian terms why he needs to stand at least 20 feet away from Maylene at certain times.
here we go:
Over and above these particulars, there is no limit to the marvellous powers attributed to females. For, in the first place, hailstorms, they say, whirlwinds, and lightning1 even, will be scared away by a woman uncovering her body while her monthly courses are upon her. The same, too, with all other kinds of tempestuous weather; and out at sea, a storm may be lulled by a woman uncovering her body merely, even though not menstruating at the time. As to the menstrual discharge itself, a thing that in other respects, as2 already stated on a more appropriate occasion, is productive of the most monstrous effects, there are some ravings about it of a most dreadful and unutterable nature. Of these particulars, however, I do not feel so much shocked at mentioning the following. If the menstrual discharge coincides with an eclipse of the moon or sun, the evils resulting from it are irremediable; and no less so, when it happens while the moon is in conjunction with the sun; the congress with a woman at such a period being noxious, and attended with fatal effects to the man.
At this period also, the lustre of purple is tarnished by the touch of a woman: so much more baneful is her influence at this time than at any other. At any other time, also, if a woman strips herself naked while she is menstruating, and walks round a field of wheat, the caterpillars, worms, beetles, and other vermin, will fall from off the ears of corn. Metrodorus of Scepsos tells us that this discovery was first made in Cappadocia; and that, in consequence of such multitudes of can- tharides being found to breed there, it is the practice for women to walk through the middle of the fields with their garments tucked up above the thighs.
AND MY FAVOURITE FROM THE NATURAL HISTORY:
"Icetidas the physician pledges his word that quartan fever may be cured by sexual intercourse, provided the woman is just beginning to menstruate."
Park Chan Wook has finally decided on his next project: Agassi (아가씨, literally meaning “young lady”) will be an adaptation of Sarah Waters‘ Fingersmith, a period crime novel that follows young female thieves (called, you guessed it, fingersmiths). However, the location will be switched from Victorian London to Korea under Japanese rule.
For those who didn’t know yet!
diva-viva ATTENTION ATTENTION
Had a moment yesterday when I realised that I used to, quite frequently in fact, run out of my house with toast in my mouth because I was late for school.
I was almost a shoujo anime heroine.
I can’t even imagine fandom without her. She told me about chat, she made me want to write a thousand things, and I feel like I owe at least 50% of all the fun I’ve had in fandom to her :(
Same. This is a huge loss both for all her friends and for fandom.
I hope she’s cuddling up with her dog, eating some sort of pickled food and enjoying free samples.
I’ve made more real friends and had more fun since les mis fandom than in ten years in fandom before that, and nearly all of it traces back one way or another to one person. ): dammit fandom stop being horrible to good people again.
Same. I wouldn’t even have had that amazing week in Paris without her, or friends to meet there in the first place. A fandom with a voksen-shaped hole in it is so unbearably sad, not just because of losing her writing, but because she is the one who keeps encouraging people to write or draw or do things for the fandom to keep it alive. :(
She did so much for this fandom and for me and we will all miss her. I hope she will recover from this and maybe enjoy Les Mis again someday because it meant a lot to her - until some fucking assholes managed to utterly ruin it for her.
I can’t imagine LM fandom having the momentum or the fun or the thoughtfulness without her. Both to work so hard at finding and reccing people’s work, and to write so beautifully. I’ve had the most hilarious and the most insightful conversations with her, and, just, in general, she’s made so many good things happen for so many people.
What you say in anon spaces matters. If you are going to carry on a fucking year-long campaign to stalk someone and make them feel shitty about themselves, that’s going to hurt them. It doesn’t matter that your name isn’t attached to it. Don’t track people’s movements through fandom. Don’t keep a laundry list of every single decision a person makes and trot it out at the first opportunity.
Don’t say anything anon that you know you would get namespace consequences for; namely, consequences for being a sentient shitpile.
Anon spaces can be fun places for discussion and can be a safety net for people too shy to get involved in namespace fandom. I first posted on the kink meme before I moved into namespace. Anon spaces aren’t for goddamn harassment.