Given how people generally seemed to like my previous female armor post (save for one comment that argued that criticizing the depiction of warrior women wearing these and stating that in real life warrior women wouldn’t wear anything like that and that these are highly sexualized is slut-shaming of fictional characters), I’m happy to present part two. Originally it was going to be about torso armor, but several people asked for butts. Now, I hadn’t given thought to butts as much, because unlike boobs, that are depicted as existing almost separately from the entire body, butts are more often incorporated into the rest of the outfit.
Played a cooperative RPG that my friend Myon runs over IRC over the weekend called Magic Door. In Magic Door all the players investigate new worlds, exploring for treasure, possible settlements by the Exploration Guild, and for keys to new worlds (which you use on the Magic Door to travel to).
There were five players this past game but I’m gonna concentrate on my character, Bisi
and my friend Bryn’s character, Chamti
(Bryn provided the gifs :P)
So Bisi has had one mission before, and the group is gearing up for a second one, but we have a new arrival. Everyone else in our group is pretty much a dick, and introduce themselves to Chamti by being ignorant and rude. Bisi however sees an immediate ally.
The first mission took us to an unknown world that was supposed to be safe. After a giant turtle led us across a river, a distant smoke pillar led us to a cave. Inside the cave was a frozen dragon with a magic sword stuck in his tail, sitting on a pile of treasure.
The smart thing to do would have been to leave it alone, but
Bisi and Chamti really like their shinies. You’ll note the difference in attitudes between the two while running from an awakening dragon:
Fortunately we made it back to the shrine safely so we could divvy up the loot.
A+ adventure. Would magic door again.
Me and Bryn did a thing.
Trans girl demon hunters who let the demons who don’t wantonly kill humans everywhere go free to safer places because trans girls know what it’s like to be painted wrongfully as monsters.
Trans girl werewolf who uses silver needles to burn her facial hair out and has accepted she can never get surgery but at least hormones work. In fact they work absurdly well due to the speed at which her lupine regeneration changes cell structure in her body according to the chemical signals it receives.
Trans girl sorceress who learned biomancy specifically to help out other girls who needed changes even though she really doesn’t need anything and she’s happy with her body the way it is.
More fantasy trans girls
While the deterioration of The Toilet of Bathsheba is due to the varnish, it made me wonder if there are any examples of art being "restored" and purposefully leaving parts with POC untouched.
Wow this pissed me off more than I thought it would because Holy Crap I kind of expected it for back in the day, but within the last few decades? JFC I hate people.
This is what I mean when I talk about how our attitudes NOW regarding race, sexuality, morality, and how art SHOULD be massively affects how we view artwork from the past, and becomes a PART of that history and that art!
I’m not always being figurative with language like that. In so many ways, our attitudes about race dictate what we see, and how it is categorized. For example, how the Head of Memnon was classified before they identified who it was a portrait of:
Actually, Giulia de’Medici was painted over completely in the 19th century, and was restored later to reveal this portrait of her as a child:
Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici, by Jacopo Pontormo. Italy, c. 1537.
To be honest, the history of art restoration is full of disgraceful erasures, and a lot of the works whose appearance we take for granted are actually the result of restorers messing up really, really badly.
Priceless portraits of Shakespeare were irreversibly “cleaned” of painted changes that were made during Shakespeare’s lifetime to reflect how he looked as he aged. It was also painted over and lightened in portions. There is no way to fix the changes made by modern restorers to these centuries-old images.
Another painting discovered relatively recently, the Tree of Fertility, “somehow” lost its 25 painted penises during the restoration process. The 750-year-old fresco was discovered in 1999, and the restorers just painted over the penises.
Michelangelo’s David was actually coated in wax and stripped with hydrochloric acid, which removed the statue’s original patina, in 1843. Of course, that didn’t stop them from cleaning it again in 2004, resulting in the resignations of several restorers and curators from its housing institution who maintained that under no circumstances should it be cleaned again.
So, yeah. You can probably imagine how many images have been altered in the centuries between when the paintings were made, and us viewing them now. So, to answer your question, if people are willing to just paint OVER mixed-race children, Shakespeare’s face, and a tree full of penises, pretty sure that obscuring and/or lightening European paintings of people of color has happened and may well continue to happen.
An interesting aspect of this head’s modern reception was its initial characterization as that of a savage hunter, constantly aware of his natural environment but incapable of abstract thought. Once the association with Herodes’ Memnon was made, however, the ideal of the noble savage was replaced by the perception of a great character of introspection, even melancholy.
Memnon was a famous philosopher’s beloved student who died tragically young, probably of an illness. So WHY on EARTH would he have been classified a “savage hunter….incapable of abstract thought??”
These aren’t just “ideas”, they are pervasive and insidious patterns of negative stereotypes and assumptions that can change a contemplative and brilliant young man into a mindless “savage”. After all, his appearance didn’t change! The problem is firmly in the minds and hearts of the viewer, the museum curator, the cataloger, the patron, the art historian.
And we should ALL be thinking about how that affects the way we perpetuate anti-Black and racist assumptions in our own worldviews, and interactions with others in society.
man i didn’t know there was controversy around this! vanderbeam from starslip is named after this memnon. (i guess there really aren’t any other memnons)
ANNE FRANK WAS BI
HOW DID NO ONE EVER TELL ME THIS
I FEEL FUCKING ROBBED
Excuse me while I memorize this list
I keep trying to tell people this but nobody believes me.
haha yea they edited bits of her diary out which included anne expressing attraction to girls and it’s even been banned from schools because of this!! fun fact
Looked this up and yeah it’s legit!
Unconsciously, I had these feelings even before I came
here. Once when I was spending the night at Jacque's, I could
no longer restrain my curiosity about her body, which she'd
always hidden from me and which I'd never seen. I asked her
whether, as proof of our friendiship, we could touch each
other's breasts. Jacque refused.
I also had a terrible desire to kiss her, which I did.
Every time I see a female nude, such as the Venus in my art
history book, I go into ecstasy. Sometimes I find them so
exquisite I have to struggle to hold back my tears. If only I
had a girlfriend!"
this was what her dad purposefully censored from her diary. and so, no-one knew about this, and a generation of kids never had a historical role model … although i wonder if the book would have had the circulation it did, were this part included in the first release