we are the watchers on the wall

just had my first class of sex & culture and we have a group project for thursday where we choose a show/video/article and discuss it (write a page analysis and ten minute presentation) in the scope of sexuality, norms, and society. my group of three decided to do the recent cloud leak of celebrity nude photos. i’m really excited and am enjoying discussing the different aspects of it. but we’re planning on doing a ppt with our presentation and both the other girls want to show the unedited photos. i have no qualms with nudity, and nor does our prof for this course, but i just don’t think it’s right. the girls’s argument is that showing the edited ones is a form of sexual censorship and oppressive towards the women in question. for me it’s like, i feel like we’re perpetuating the situation by presenting these photos, photos that none of these women gave consent to have published. both of the girls are women studies majors and have a lot more than me to say about why we should show them. and after i started saying i didn’t want to show the unedited photos, the prof came up and said that i was uncomfortable because of internalized oppression against women’s bodies.

i didn’t want to alienate my prof and these girls in my group, on the first day of class no less, but i don’t feel right about it.


Speaking here of etiquette … I mean those minute ceremonies that were pursued towards our Kings in their inmost privacies, in their hours of pleasure, in those of pain, and even during the most revolting of human infirmities.

These servile rules were drawn up into a kind of code; they offered to a Richelieu, a La Rochefoucauld and a Duras, in the exercise of their domestic functions, opportunities of intimacy useful to their interests; and their vanity was flattered by customs which converted the right to give a glass of water, to put on a dress, and to remove a basin, into honorable prerogatives.

… This sort of etiquette, which led our Princes to be treated in private as idols, made them in public martyrs to decorum. Marie Antoinette found in the Chateau of Versailles a multitude of established customs which appeared to her insupportable.

—the memoirs of Madame Campan

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Limzy Wei: Flowergirls

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Malaysian artist Lim Zhi Wei adorns her watercolors entitled “ Flowergirls” with real flowers, to a stunning effect.
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"your full name without an E,F,R,S,K,I,M,L,C,A,Y,N"

First name: B

Last name: O


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Jay Z & Kanye West
Niggas in Paris
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112/365 days of music

you in paris gettin’ fucked up too?

niggas in paris | jay z & kanye west

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On this day in history, September 1st, in 1715, the reign of the infamous Sun King came to an end.

Louis XIV, who had been King of France for 72 years and 110 days, died of gangrene at the Palace of Versailles, four days before he would have turned 77. He left as his heir his five year old great grandson, who would reign as Louis XV.

Louis XIV’s reign still stands as the longest of any monarch of a major country in European history.

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AGAMEMNON: all of you will swear allegiance to me
ACHILLES: [skateboards by] who the fuck is this clown?

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being really into history is cooler than being into math or science… someone who likes math and science is called a “math nerd” or a “science geek” but someone who likes history is called a “history buff” because of their strong, sensual arms

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"I’ll get right on that paperwork"

"I’ll get right on that paperwork"

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