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"All of this is typical girl-fear. Once you realize that The Exorcist is, essentially, the story of a 12-year-old who starts cussing, masturbating, and disobeying her mother—in other words, going through puberty—it becomes apparent to the feminist-minded viewer why two adult men are called in to slap her around for much of the third act. People are convinced that something spooky is going on with girls; that, once they reach a certain age, they lose their adorable innocence and start tapping into something powerful and forbidden. Little girls are sugar and spice, but women are just plain scary. And the moment a girl becomes a woman is the moment you fear her most. Which explains why the culture keeps telling this story."
For readings on the correlation in horror between puberty and the monstrous, see:
- Barbara Creed’s The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (specifically, the chapter called “Woman As Possessed Monster”)
- Aviva Briefel’s “Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in Horror Film”
- “‘The Hair That Wasn’t There Before’: Demystifying Monstrosity and Menstruation in Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed”
- Bianca Nielson’s “Something’s Wrong, Like More Than You Being Female”: Transgressive Sexuality and Discourses of Reproduction in Ginger Snaps”
- Shelley Stamp Lindsey’s “Horror, Femininity, and Carrie’s Monstrous Puberty”
I will add Carol Clover’s Men, Women, and Chain Saws here, although she’s concerned more with identification, monstrous-feminine as men’s horror, and the maternal aspects of possession tales (including a section on possession as oral penetration). Although both Creed and Clover are important feminist horror theorists who work in Psychoanalytical lenses, Barbara Creed talks more about transformation than Carol Clover does. And transformation is key to horror movies about how women are terrifying.
For variations on a theme, watch Ginger Snaps, Carrie, and Teeth together.
(Bonus: here is Kristeva’s Powers of Horror: an Essay on Abjection for free online)
I’m 90000% sure I wrote the text below this but it doesn’t link to (probably ff) anywhere. it’s important to keep sources in posts so that you don’t disorient authors about their own pasts,
- 2 hours ago
magic girls fallen stars
they are the cosmos come to rest in bodies of flesh and bone, with supernova eyes and black hole hearts, entire universes trapped inside. sometimes the stars leak through and worlds drip from their fingers like blood. they are careless destruction incarnate, all the secrets of space bound to earth in a form that can barely contain them, and even then not for long.
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- 3 hours ago
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Last of the Starmakers
This episode made me cry unmanly tears
coelasquid was this episode ever A Thing for you?
I’ve honestly barely seen any Courage the Cowardly Dog because we didn’t have any channels that ran it back in town.
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- 4 hours ago
Jellyfish Air Plants (PetitBeast)
Some magical experiments with plants and other living creatures produce dangerous chimeras. Others produce simple pleasures welcome in any wizarding home.
this is fucking absurd i want a million gazillion
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"Unlike flames on Earth, which have a tear-drop shape caused by buoyant air rising in a gravitational field, flames in space curl themselves into tiny balls. Untethered by gravity, they flit around as if they have minds of their own. More than one astronaut conducting experiments for researchers on Earth below has been struck by the way flameballs roam their test chambers in a lifelike search for oxygen and fuel." [video]
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Dog prints in medieval chained library
I made this image in the chained library “De Librije” in the Dutch city of Zutphen. Established in 1564, everything about this place is still precisely as it was, including the tiles on the floor. Remarkably, throughout the library there are tiles with a dog’s paw prints. These 450-year-old traces of a large dog come with a local legend. One night, a monk called Jaromir was reading in the library while enjoying a meal of chicken, delivered to him by some nuns. He was not supposed to do this: not only does one not eat in a library, but he was also going through a period of fasting. Then suddenly the devil appeared in the form of a dog, scaring the living daylights out of the monk. The devil ate the chicken and locked the monk inside as a punishment - as devils do. Knowing the story, it’s hard to ignore the prints when admiring the books.
Pics (top my own): Zutphen, Librije Chained Library. More on the legend on the library’s website, also source for lower pic, here (in Dutch).
Ok but the paw prints are on tiles, not poured cement or anything. Tiles. The tile layers would have been laying the tile, and pulled out the tiles with the paw prints, and instead of going ‘whoops this tile is messed up, i’ll just use another one’ or ‘hmm, i don’t have spare tiles but i’ll just flip this around so the paw print is face-down and no one has to know’, they went, ‘oh dang, this is adorable!’, and laid the paw print tiles smack dab in the middle of the fucking floor and grouted them in there that way for everyone to admire.
And at no point in four hundred and fifty years did anyone ever say ‘let’s replace those tiles.’
Dogs are cute but humans are fucking delightful.