Woah, Lopez and McIntosh, that story is cinematic as shit!
My personal favorite prison break: after refusing to give evidence against her lady (Sophie Dorothea, aka Electress of Hanover and mother of King George II), Eleonore Knesebeck was locked in Scharzfels Castle. Her family hired a man to break in through the roof, pull her out of her cell, and rappel together 80 feet down to safety. Upon discovering her escape, the commandant of the castle swore that Eleanore had been closely guarded, and that she must have been spirited away by magic. The very hole in the roof was proof that it had been the work of Satan, for no human could have made it.
@Mariajoseh Thanks! People had all kinds of reactions to me during the year in white after initiation. I got a lot of straight up rude stares, and one time these store clerks completely ignored me and refused to let me buy something I wanted. But compared to other folks I know, whose families stopped speaking to them, or who went through hell at work, I was lucky. In most interactions people were either curious, ("Oh, are you like, a...fancy nurse?") or supportive. Strangers (not familiar with the tradition) would tell me I looked really pure or clean. It was interesting because it was the first time in my life men I didn't know complimented me in a non-lecherous, non-street-harassy way. My coworkers/employers were all incredibly respectful and random kids LOVED it. Part of what we wear during that time is a buncha brass, silver and copper bangles a whole neckful of these sacred beaded necklaces- you can kinda see them peeking out of the collars on the gorgeous ladies pictured above. All the white plus all the jewelry totally fit into little kids' over-the-top aesthetic of what looks pretty. I got asked if I was a princess by children on the regular. :)
Dear Hairpin -
This year, I'm thankful for finding you. Not only do I get to laugh a lot here, but also think and share and get a better understanding through all the good people who spend time on this site. I've gotten real world friendships out of this, and for that I'm grateful.
Happy holidays; everyone be safe!
I told my family that I'm leaving my partner. I also told all of my friends. Everyone has been really supportive? which is nice?
He's demanding that we get couples' counseling, because apparently it's All My Fault. I laughed at that and have been putting off making an appointment (which is my job, obvs--after he assaulted me, clearly *I* am the one at fault). I told one of my closest friends about the whole couples' counseling gambit and she sighed and said that it was textbook for DV and that going to couples' counseling after an act like what happened to me had been committed was like "negotiating with the terrorists after they've killed all the hostages." She advised me to stick with individual therapy and walk the fuck away, and that's what I'm doing.
Things complicating this: I have a cat that I cannot take with me to new place (pets-free, though it's only until June), breaking up with him means leaving my other partner because they're also involved, new roommates are weird? but WHATEVER. FREEEEEEDOM.
I'm going to be single 5EVA and I love it.
@latenac Right? I read that and vomited a little in my mouth. How about we replace "angels" with "people?"
Now excuse me, I have to find my fiery sword and return to guarding the gates of the Garden.
I almost forgot to comment on how Nicholaus should not be saying things are "retarded," regardless of his apparently pro-women intent. I almost forgot because everything else was so horrible I got distracted.
Omg. Look, if you are having problems finding a woman to sleep with you, A. you are the problem, not women, and B. maybe don't ask advice from dudes with the same damn problem?
Also, is the beta thing supposed to be someone who is not an 'alpha male'? I won't go into all the ways that is problematic/limited thinking, but there is this: Give me all the beta males, I will fuck their brains out. If you think of yourself as an 'alpha male' then my vagina wants nothing to do with you, kthxbye.
Umm, you guys? I met Adam Levine once and got into a political discussion (yes, this really happened) and he told me that he votes Republican "for tax purposes." I mean, is there anything less sexy than that? Seriously.
@OhMarie This is the same reason I sort of wish there were mandatory adult uniforms for work (mornings would be so much easier), but I get that across-the-board sartorial restrictions are what probably leads us to our tyrannical dystopian future.
But what about the TOXINS!? Everybody knows that your body is filled with TOXINS and that juice just... cleasnes you! Of toxins!
god do I hate the word "toxins."