Small Hands - Keaton Henson
Please forget me, you were right dear
I am cold and self-involved
And though I’ll miss you, recent lover
I am weak and therefore fold
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door
I still want to know how everyone agreed on “to hide Anakin Skywalker’s son, let’s take him to Anakin’s home planet, leave him with Anakin’s family, and not change his last name from ‘Skywalker’”
oh my fucking god
The next time he comes in Steve’s thoughts veer off into the first few lines of Starspangled Man With A Plan, which is immediately followed by an impressive string of swears because HE KEEPS THINKING HE’S GOT THE FUCKING SONG OUT OF HIS HEAD AND THEN IT JUST CREEPS BACK UP ON HIM WHAT THE FUCK. Trying to dislodge it, he starts reciting some modern pop song about milkshakes and boys in your yard
How about a friend? // I guess I can’t tell the difference anymore.
From what I can tell, Ninon de Larroque is based loosely on Ninon de L’Enclos, a real-life French salon host in the mid-seventeenth century. There are differences- Ninon de L’Enclos was born in 1620 which would make her a baby at the time “A Rebellious Woman” takes place, and she was actually an enemy of Anne of Austria due to her less-than-positive opinions of the Catholic Church. However, the historical Ninon was also fiercely independent, a patron of the arts, and was known for taking lovers but refusing to marry. The reason I bring this up is because a fictionalized version of Ninon de L’Enclos appears in a seventeenth-century magazine called An Amorous Repository, in which she partakes in a dialogue with Sappho with regards to their respective love lives. Sappho tells Ninon:
When I was a girl I was exceedingly amorous, and used to twine myself round my companions, and load them with caresses, as if I would have devoured them; and this I did intuitively, even before I was sensible of its cause, it had its effect; nature often unburdened herself in those transports.
(Rough translation: “I’M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY, I WAS BORN THIS WAY”)
Later in the dialogue, Ninon says:
… to tell you the truth. I always envied you on account of your supposed superiority. Nothing would have pleased me more than to have been able to communicate the delights I have so often recieved, to see clasp a little creature in my arms, and see her expire as I have so frequently expired.
Translation: “I’m such a huge fan! I ALSO want to give women lots of orgasms!”
The dialogue pulls a hasty “no homo” at the end, with both Sappho and Ninon assuring each other that they didn’t really want to have sex/long-term relationships with women- it was just a silly fantasy ha ha how funny what a ridiculous idea! But what the dialogue does show is that the real Ninon de L’Enclos was associated with the idea of bisexuality- whether due to rumour of just the general English tendency to assume that French people are all decadent and oversexed- and that may or may not have come into play when the Musketeers writers wrote the Cardinal accusing Ninon of being a lesbian.
(It’s also worth pointing out that dialogue!Ninon talks specifically about wanting to “clasp [a] little creature” in her arms and teach the “little creature-” a younger woman, presumably- the joys of sex and orgasm, which also ties into the Cardinal’s accusation that Ninon was corrupting the younger girls she taught. It’s related to a general idea floating around the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that women wouldn’t think of sleeping with each other unless an older, already “corrupted” woman- Ninon- put the idea in their heads.)
All excerpts of An Amorous Repository are pulled from p. 251-53 of Emma Donoghue’s Passions Between Women.
Do you close yourself off to people, deny yourself things that might bring you pleasure?
if you were a twin in ancient rome they would name the firstborn and then name the secondborn after the firstborn
if your older twin’s name was geminus, your name would be anti-geminus
that is the equivalent of naming your children steve and not steve
so what happened when triplets were born
Steve, Not Steve, Definitely Not Steve.