Life for women has always been somewhat of a treacherous experience filled with dangers. With few or no legal rights or protections, women rarely decided for themselves who to have sex with, let alone marry. Instead the men in their families, their governments, and their religions held almost complete control over their bodies. Among women of high social status this meant that women’s bodies were tools for gaining wealth, power, and social status by those in position to us
Except the Constitution doesn’t say that, Instead the full text of the 2nd Amendment is: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 14th century Italian militias. Now as I talked about three years ago on Yahoo Voices and reposted a year ago, the idea of the militia has a specific historical context grounded in Anglo-Saxon tradition. It is, at its core, a feudal instituti
Originally posted June 25th, 2012 “You really need to see a therapist” advises a perfect stranger responding to my comment on a news blog where I discuss the gross under-reporting of sex crimes and domestic violence. My remark is sociological in nature, referencing data I learned in my university education which included sociology, social psychology, and pre-counseling psychology courses. The person reading it regards my data as “angry” and “hurt” in nature and assumes that I
Next up is my look at why sex and violence seem to outsell more conservative fare. cover art to Fifty Shades of Grey — one of the worst written and most poorly edited bestsellers of all time Shock Fiction: What Popularity of Horror and Erotica Genres Say About Our Culture A Look at the Popularity of Sex and Violence in the Media February 8th, 2014 Sex and violence sell. For decades we’ve seen the connection between book/movie/music popularity and graphic violence/graphic sex.
This hospitaler, a stand in for both Lord Knight Corann and for Lord Knight Elendir, stands as the perfect medieval knight. This afternoon I gave across one of the most poignant columns on writing and the writing process I’ve seen in a rather long time. The subject: literary cliches. http://litreactor.com/columns/top-10-storytelling-cliches-that-need-to-disappear-forever It is very hard to disagree with Mr. Hart here; he hit a lot of the bigger cliches right on the head — a
Ghosts of the Past is book two of my Peers of Beinan series. Set three generations after “The Great Succession Crisis,” and spanning four generations, Ghosts follows the descendents of Princess Anlei as they struggle with terrorism and violence. Readers of “The Great Succession Crisis,” will remember the revenge promised by Lord Janus. Now Janus takes his revenge from the grave directly through his new incarnation and through his descendants in this story where you never k