what you call a pimp and a priest
Earthiness … “Rutting like beasts in the field” …
It’s hard when the squeamish Colonizers
(all those who never once blurred a line, squealed,
cried or howled) wail against the Others.
There are bars in Boy’s Town, Tijuana,
with their Donkey Shows; “See the Minotaur’s
Mother, Pasiphaë! See Queen Tatana
Seduce the Divine Ass!” Down on all fours
in Bosche’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” …
We force others to perform all the time
and it’s never enough. If there is sin
it’s these selfish, unending appetites.
The pimp who praises himself in cheap rhyme.
The priest who sees hell in my naked skin.
Violet Rose (via c-icatrix)
This is one of my favorite quotes about sexualization/objectification vs autonomy of female bodies bc it’s so succinct
Even One Thousand Two Hundred Years Ago
Even one thousand two hundred years ago
we Armenians did something about
The poet Sahakdoukht, whose brother Stepan Siuenesti
is better known, the poet Sahakdoukht
established a music school in eighth century Armenia.
Today such schools, the mark of a civilized nation
do not exist here.
History also records Lady Shushan Pahlavuni
established schools in villages
in the most remote regions of Armenia.
And in the eleventh century
King Ashot’s daughter,
mother of Siunats, loved literature
so much she commissioned a better translation
of the Gospel of John.
Now, here in the twentieth century,
are we going to abandon our women?
Are we going to let them
be only servants to farmers and
pack-carriers for peasants?
(an excerpt from one of the novelist Sybille’s speeches to raise money for schools in Cilicia after the 1895 massacres there.)
—- translated by Diana Der-Hovanessian, from The Other Voice: Armenian Women’s Poems Through the Ages (2005)