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Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Tamerlane, the Turkman Mongol conqueror, by Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, from The Book of the Birth of Iskandar (ca. 1384) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. 

mediumaevum:

Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Tamerlane, the Turkman Mongol conqueror, by Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, from The Book of the Birth of Iskandar (ca. 1384) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. 

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Sometimes it feels like you can only know yourself at the expense of knowing others.

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Morally, all racisms are the same. Historically and psychically, racism against people of African descent has been a targeted assault on black intelligence and black beauty, black capacity and black potentiality. When one thinks of anti-Jewish racism, which has inspired vicious pogroms and an indescribable Holocaust , one sees that the attack on Jewish intelligence is very different from the attack on African intelligence.
African-Americans were three-fifths human—we were monkeys or rapists. Now we are projected at crack addicts or criminals. We have always been put in a position of having to defend our humanity, a circumstance that often prohibits an honest exploration of just who we actually are.
Cornell West, “Hope on a Tightrope”

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Because the problem is this: when we ignore the existence of awkward girls, of the female nerds, losers, and geeks who are just as befuddled by sex and dating, we further codify the idea of women as sexual objects. The notion that all women can get effortlessly laid, if only they open their legs, reduces the reality of female experience, transforming women from complicated individuals to the vessels for male sexual desire lusted after by Elliot Rodger and his ilk, and further fueling the misogynistic rage that leads men like Rodger to feel justified in their anger and actions.
Confessions of an Awkward Teen Girl
Currently reading everything by Lux Alptraum at Nerve because she can somehow articulate everything I’ve been thinking perfectly.

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Scrub away the celebrity flourishes and tales of bukkake parties, and what you have here is nothing more than an everyday, banal sort of story about a man who probably is quite friendly and amiable who – repeatedly and aggressively – makes the common male mistake of projecting his desires and ideas of fun onto everyone else, of confusing consent by attrition with the enthusiastic, full-throated variety.
Lux Alptraum, in her rational yet devastating response to the New York Magazine cover story on Terry Richardson. (via coketalk)