then there’s “ye”
and then there’s„, “yeeeeee”
Anonymous asked: hey would you mind telling me about all the cool female saints bc I'm looking for a patron and all the information I'm finding is "defended her virginity to the death", like this is the only notable thing about them.
so here are some common ones
- St Teresa of Avila - if you are into mysticism she is your lady (same with Hildegard!) and her writing is just fantastically beautiful. Her autobiography is available for free on amazon I think and “The Ways of Perfection” might be also but both are dense in a really wonderful way. I can’t read too much of her at once but it’s a good thing, it’s like eating a chocolate mocha oreo cheesecake with frosting on top. Her writing was extremely controversial and much of the hierarchy thought she was possessed by the devil basically because she was a woman who said things.
- St Catherine Laboure - when she was a postulant she was visited by Mary a few times (four?) and just ugh read every version of the story of the miraculous medal you can
- St Mary Magdalene - the first apostle, the apostle to the apostles
- St Joan of Arc - u know
- St Agnes - is the patron saint of young girls, sometimes people also say rape victims, i have a st agnes prayer card in my wallet that talks about protecting us from rape which i know is ~problematic but i like it
- St Catherine of Siena - brought the fucking pope back to italy and basically ran shit for a little bit. brilliant theologian.
- St Hildegard of Bingen - another mystic and beautiful author, beignetsawhistlestop’s patron i believe so hopefully she will chime in!
- St Terese de Lisieux - she wrote a spiritual autobiography much like st teresa and wrote a ton of other stuff that is all very beautiful and moving! she actually did set out to be a saint when she first entered whatever convent she went to (professional academic over here) but pretty quickly turned that shit around and has written some just fabulous things about recognizing one’s “littleness” ugh she’s so cute. you can’t really try to be a saint. there are catholic priests with facebook pages who name themselves “future st.___” whatever their name is and i just want to smack them in the face with a therese collection
and some lesser knowns!
- St Juana Inez De La Cruz (beautiful lesbian poet)
- St Mary MacKillop (excommunicated for going after a rapist priest!!!)
- St Bernadette - not exactly lesser known but i think she gets lost in the shuffle of the Lourdes story. she was also a mystic and theologian who was accused of being an agent of the devil and all that shit. her body, like catherine laboure’s i think, was incorrupt when it was exhumed which idk about you but i think is pretty cool
- St Maria Goretti - I think is very empowering because I have always interpreted her death as wanting to die than experience the sin of rape which I know a lot of people think if wrong but w/e. The way she has been used since her death is beyond revolting.
- St Anne - for some reason I feel like people forget about her, grandmother of jesus you know, no big.
- St Edith Stein - modern saint! she converted to catholicism after being raised jewish, lived in germany during the war and was martyred (obviously more for her jewish heritage than being catholic) by being killed in auschwitz
- Julian of Norwich - visionary mystic and the author of the first known english writing by a woman
THERE ARE SO MANY MORE. and i could have expanded a lot. maybe i’ll write a lady saint zine but with absolutely no photocopying art riff raff. and also i wanted to say some stuff about virginity and how someone defending their virginity isn’t actually that problematic when you consider the context of that person’s life but that’s like a thesis so eh.
So Hildegard was a woman mystic who was also a composer (she wrote the first opera in the Western world!), philosopher, writer, healer, and breakaway abbess. She was part of a male/female monstatery, which were really common, but she wanted more independence for herself and her sisters (although she was “maigestra,” she was still under control of the abbot and that was not ok because he hated her for her visions), so she began another monastery.
Her theology is in her work “Scrivas,” her healing work is called “Physica.” She wrote over 69 musical compositions. Many of those musical works were about Mary and the Holy Spirit. She’s a Doctor of the Church now, which is awesome.
Some say that she might have had a romantic relationship with another nun, named Richardis. I don’t think Hildegard really had the words to describe that kind of love, but I definitely think the two of them shared a deep, intimate form of love, based on their letters to each other.
You guys, Thecla! Saint Thecla was the ultimate indestructible badass lady!
I’m down with the concept of this post, but I am super, super unhappy about the description of Sor Juana as nothing more than a “beautiful lesbian poet.” Y’all, I am all for loving Sor Juana, but please love her for the right reasons! Check out this nun, with her enormous escudo and library full of books:
This is how she wanted people to know her. As a SCHOLAR.
1) Why have we completely erased the fact that she’s a New Spanish (New Spain = colonial Mexico) nun? This exclusion is what most upsets me, as a Latina and an academic who works on colonial Latin America. The reason Sor Juana was so badass is because she was an accomplished and prominent SELF-TAUGHT woman within the very, very male-dominated context of colonial Mexican society.
2) We have absolutely no proof that she was a lesbian. Did she write poetry? Yes. Does some of it sound homo-romantic? Yes ("That you’re a woman far away is no hindrance to my love: for the soul, as you well know, distance and sex don’t count."). Does that make her a lesbian? NO. First of all, it needs to be read within its historical context, which would point away from her relationship with the Condesa - to whom the poem is addressed - as being sexual/romantic. Second, writing "lesbian" poetry? DOES NOT MAKE HER A LESBIAN. She could have been bi or pan or asexual or something else altogether since these concepts did not exist in New Spain. Y’all motherfuckers don’t know. What we do know is that she was a nun, which included a vow of chastity - so respect that! Not. That. Hard.
3) She is not a saint. Nope. Not. This is wicked disappointing because she would make a fantastic saint! But she’s not. She was a Hieronymite nun, hence the title “Sor,” which is “Sister” in Spanish. Sor Juana. Learn that.
Now, while I have your attention, I would like to give a shout out to my hometown patron saint, Rose of Lima. Did you know Saint Rose of Lima was the first American saint? She was! That’s pretty fucking awesome. Check her out:
In conclusion, I am really, really sick of the liberal Tumblr community’s fetishization/oversimplification of LGBTQIA people and especially sick of the continual erasure of Latinos. I’m a queer Latina and I am fucking tired of having to explain this shit over and over.
cornfedmusclecub asked: For all the pups, subs, and others who are interested (myself included).... how does one become a good pup or sub? (in this case, without a dom)
How do you become a good sub?
It’s easy if you have a Dom in your life. They’ll give you rules that provide structure and order for your life and rewards to reinforce good behavior. But, “good behavior”is relative; I like smooth butts, other Doms like them furry. You can’t prepare yourself for someone you haven’t even met yet.
You can prepare yourself by becoming the best person you can be.
Take a moment to visualize the perfect version of yourself. How do you look? Are you successful? Have you finished college? Do you live with your parents still? How do you act? Etc… write it down, make a mood board, whatever. This is your goal: to become the best version of yourself possible.
Every day you will work towards this perfect you. Every day you will be that much closer to catching the attention of your future boyfriend/Dom/Master/Sir/whatever. When you finally meet that special person you will be (at that moment) the best you can be.
A relationship is a huge investment of time, love, and energy. Make yourself worth it, and never settle for someone who doesn’t try as hard.
I feel like this is just good life advice (outside of the use of the term “perfect”), regardless of the “sub” terminology.
"Kim Gordon said something really cool in an interview once; she said that people go to rock shows to see people believe in themselves for an hour and a half, and I think that’s really true. I mean, because everybody has doubts about themselves or about what they do, but the point of being on stage is to kind of give people something to believe in, and you have to believe in it, even if it’s just for an hour and a half.”
— Annie Clark
I have a full-time library job.
I can’t even right now.