another installment of my comic, featuring Qahera the hijabi superhero! this time its mostly about sexual harassment - and the majority of the themes in this comic are based on real experiences with street harassment.
YES FUCKING YES
I NEED COMICS UPON COMICS OF THIS
- a comic about a woman with headscarf and full-body-suit
- being extremly awesome and kickass
- not over-sexualized but still good-looking
- FEMALE SUPERHEROES - YOU ARE DOING IT RIGHT
And even more telling. When people (guys) complain about ‘realism’ in games or movies, they are not really talking about literal realism. That’s not what they mean. The word they are reaching for is verisimilitude - in other words: that which breaks the illusion.
When we say of a piece of fiction that contains dragons, flying suits of armor, or aliens that it is ‘realistic’, what we really mean is that it feels real - that the characters reactions, the world built around the fantastical elements and how the non-fantastical elements interact with them seems “true” to us. We look at it and nod and say to ourselves inside “Yes, that is how someone would react to seeing a giant monster” or “Yes, that seems like how society would react to an alien invasion” - the world around the made-up stuff is carefully designed and seems thought-out enough that we buy it emotionally, even if we know that logically it is nonsense.
So when someone complains that a medieval fantasy world does not feel “realistic” without the ugly oppression, dehumanization, and violation of women as a standard background element, what they are saying is that those details feel right to them. That the world, without that misogyny, is not emotionally satisfying. They are saying they need that there for the world to make sense.
THIS. This so hard.
Daily Photo 246: The Alchemist’s Apprentice
Astrid’s area of expertise is chemistry, very specifically the chemicals used in photography. In her society most technology is restricted, so much of her work needs to be done by herself with what she can scavenge or steal and it’s quite labour intensive.
I don’t shoot dramatic lighting enough. But I’m so glad I finally got to photograph Astrid with one of the scales I got her. And you can actually see the lace pattern on her pullover! It’s hard to see in person and even harder to photograph. But it’s perfect scale to the original full size pattern I altered. :D
This is most probs my favourite picture of Astrid ever.
“I argued that what was really being sold was men’s (presumably heterosexual) sexual subjectivity, the experience of being a person in the world who was presented with images that were for his titillation. Women do not live in the world this way. They are not exposed everyday to images that legitimize their lust; instead, the images teach women that they are the object of that lust.
In light of this, Sociologist Beth Eck did a series of interviews attempting to tap into what it felt like for men and women to look at male and female nudes. Her findings were pretty fascinating.
First, she asked men and women to look at naked images of women, including this one of Cindy Crawford:
Women viewing images of female nudes almost inevitably compared themselves to the figure and felt inadequate. Said one women:
…the portrayal of these thin models and I just get depressed… I’m very hard on myself, wanting to be that way.
Women ended up feeling bad whether the model conformed to conventional norms of attractiveness or not. When looking at a heavy set woman, they often responded like this:
I am disgusted by it because she is fat, but I’m also… I need to lose about 10 pounds.
I don’t necessarily find her body that attractive… Her stomach looks like mine.
Men, in contrast, clearly felt pandered to as holders of a heterosexual male gaze. They knew that the image was for them and offered praise (for a job well done) or criticism (for failure to live up to their expectations). About Crawford they said:
Personally I think she is attractive.
I like that.
Both men and women, then, knew exactly how to respond to female nudes: women had internalized their object status and men had internalized their subject status.
Eck then showed them male nudes, including this one of Sylvester Stallone:
Interestingly, both men and women felt uncomfortable looking at male nudes.
Men responded by either expressing extreme disinterest, re-asserting their heterosexuality, or both. They did not compare themselves to the male nudes (like women did with female nudes), except to say that they were both male and, therefore, there was “nothing to see.” Meanwhile, because men have been trained to be a lustful sexual subject, seeing male nudity tended to raise the specter of homosexuality. They couldn’t see the bodies as anything but sexual objects for them to gaze upon.
In contrast, the specter of homosexuality didn’t arise for women because they weren’t used to being positioned as lustful. Eck explains:
When women view the seductive pose of the female nude, they do not believe she is ‘coming on to’ them. They know she is there to arouse men. Thus, they do not have to work at rejecting an unwanted advance. It is not for them.
Many women also did not feel lustful when looking at male nudes and those that did often experienced lust mixed with guilt or shame. Eck suggest that this may be, in part, a reaction to taking on the active, consuming, masculine role, something they’re not supposed to do.
Summarizing responses to the male nudes, she writes:
Men, over and over again, reject the seductive advance [of a male nude]. While some women welcome the advance, most feel a combination of shame, guilt, or repulsion in interacting with the image…
This is what it means to live in a world in which desire is structured by a gendered sexual subject/object binary. It’s not just “out there,” it’s “in us” too.”
The only thing that would make these secret room bookcases cooler is if you activate them by pulling out a special, secret book :)
Or tipped back the head of a bust to press a hidden button.
I’m fairly certain that the red books in the black bookcase are case law books (books of published case opinions) by a particular publisher.
Few in the profession have used casebooks in the last ten years, and basically no one in the last five. (Hooray internet). Many schools don’t even teach students how to use the books anyone (don’t get all pissy, the online database is always accurate and current and allows for targeted searches, unlike the books published once a year). Every law firm and library has a set of those red books that gather dust.
Those red books are just for show. No one reads them.
Interesting about the casebooks. I squinted at them really carefully and they looked like multiple sets of encyclopedias we had as a kid, which were published like in the 1960s if not earlier. they looked super impressive but were really out of date (I was born in 1979).
I really don’t get the point of having books “for show” but they’ve existed as long as books have existed.
“Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”
Shut up already.
And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection.
As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…
Folks gotta realize that finding a “cure” for degenerative illnesses doesn’t one hit KO the effects of the disease from the lives of people who suffer from it. Stopping a disease before it can do extensive damage to otherwise healthy people who have only recently been diagnosed is one thing, reversing extensive tissue damage in the neurons of people who have been living with it for quite a while is something else completely. For the people who are already in an advanced stage of the illness, funding that goes towards improving their quality of life is so much more beneficial than a cure.
It’s not the same thing as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, but my mom and brother both have Multiple Sclerosis. My mom’s had it since before I was born, my brother was diagnosed within the last five years. My mom hasn’t been able to walk since I was three, and you wouldn’t know my brother had anything wrong with him at all right now. Funding that goes into finding a cure for MS is important because the years of medical advances have completely changed how the disease will effect my brother compared to how it effected my mom, but if they came out with a cure tomorrow my mom would still not be able to walk. Funding for MS that goes towards concerns of mobility, community, and comfort is important for people who have and will continue to live with the disease regardless of what the status of a “cure” is.
An Indiana mother recently accompanied her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend to one of Indiana’s Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittingly walked into a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” run by an anti-abortion group, one that shared a parking lot with the real Planned Parenthood clinic and was designed expressly to lure Planned Parenthood patients and deceive them.
The group took down the girl’s confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which they said would be in their “other office” (the real Planned Parenthood office nearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did the Planned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the police were there. The “crisis pregnancy center” had called them, claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortion against her will.
The “crisis pregnancy center” staff then proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassment over the following days, showing up at the girl’s home and calling her father’s workplace. Planned Parenthood’s clinic director reports that the girl was “scared to death to leave her house.” They even went to her school and urged classmates to pressure her not to have an abortion.
The anti-choice movement is setting up these “crisis pregnancy centers” across the country. Some of them have neutral-sounding names and run ads that falsely promise the full range of reproductive health services, but they dispense anti-choice propaganda and intimidation instead. And according to a recent article in The New York Times, there are currently more of these centers in the U.S. than there are actual abortion providers. What’s more, these centers have received $60 million in government grants. They’re being funded by our tax dollars.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 24 April 2006
[Emphasis mine. Hear that folks? We are funding terrorists with our tax dollars. The fact that this is legal is absolutely mind-blowing. And when we dare complain, they cry about how they’re being persecuted and censored unfairly, and we’re infringing on their freedom of speech. No, just no. This should not be fucking allowed.]
ETA: Some people in the notes were wondering about the veracity of this story so I found the original source (the citation above was all that was given at the website I got this from). Here’s some more quotes from the original story:
We [Planned Parenthood] have obtained permission to share some of the remarks the patient and her family wrote soon after their encounter with the CPC."I have been getting phone calls [from the CPC volunteer] at home and on my cell phone, and they came to my work… saying ‘we will come get you and throw you in a car and take you to a place that is safe.’ I made my decision [to have an abortion]. Even though I had talked to [the CPC person] before, she has no right to be giving out information about me [and my family]. They need to quit harassing me and my family and loved ones. They have come to my home banging on my door and non-stop calling me. I have heard racial comments about my boyfriend [and me]. They keep yelling my name, my mother’s, and my boyfriend’s. They have no right giving out my information, and they need to respect my and my boyfriend’s decision. … They are trying to trap me but this is my decision and no person has forced me and I would like them to stop harassing me, my family, my boyfriend, and my work."
Her mother added:"These people have given [our personal contact] information to someone at [my daughter’s] school. Now it seems even the students know certain things and are giving my daughter and her boyfriend a hard time as well. Also, the faculty has heard things, too. These people [the CPC personnel] have been standing outside Planned Parenthood yelling obscenities at all who enter. My daughter’s, her boyfriend’s, and my name have been yelled out for all to hear."
ETA #2: You might also be interested in this post I did awhile ago on more recent investigations of CPCs and their deceptive tactics.
Denying a teenage girl her bodily and mental autonomy, harassing herself, her family and friends, stalking her, sharing her private contact information, making racist comments, threatening to kidnap her, and using intimidation and manipulation to force their beliefs on those who disagree. This is the anti-abortion movement when you give it money and power. How very “”“pro-life”“”.
I hate asking for money on the internet, but here we are. I have tonsils so swollen that they are obstructing my airway. It is uncomfortable to breathe, eat, and talk. I also have obstructive sleep apnea; I wake up every 15 minutes when I’m sleeping because I can’t get enough air.
The only way to fix this problem is a tonsillectomy, and it is going to be expensive. I just don’t have the money, but if I ignore this, my tonsils could literally choke me to death. So please help if you can!
Most of you probably don’t know (or care!) but I had tonsilitis for like a decade. It was horrible, I was sick ALL the time, I had problems eating and breathing and talking, I got bronchitis 2-3 times a year. When I got REALLY sick my tonsils would swell so badly they blocked my throat, would swell so badly they’d split and bleed.
My doctor advised me to lose weight.
When I was 20, I switched doctors. New doc took one look in my mouth and dragged me out to the waiting room to yell at my dad for not having my tonsils out sooner. She pushed HARD on my folks’ insurance to get them to cover the tonsillectomy despite it not being properly documented previously. I had surgery over spring break. In the past 15 years, I’ve had bronchitis maybe 3 times, once while working in a sick building. My voice is different, clearer. It’s easier for me to breathe and eat/swallow medication.
It was utterly life changing, absolutely vital.
If you can, please please please toss a few bucks into this gofundme. Please bear in mind that it takes a kid a few days to bounce back from this, but it can take adults much, much longer. I was knocked on my ass for 2 weeks (I had a week off, returned to college, slept for another week without going to classes. A friend of mine started checking on me regularly to make sure I hadn’t died) and wasn’t able to really eat solid food for over a month. so there’s going to be lost wages as well.
Please, please, please, spread this around and give what you can. This is so important.
Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson MO Police Department
Why aren’t the media releasing the photos of Police Officer Darren Wilson’s injuries after he was assaulted by “the unarmed black teenager”?
He was punched in the face before he emptied his weapon into the drugged “unarmed teenager”—-here is what a broken eye socket looks like:
If you support someone regardless of their actions before the facts are reviewed just because of their skin color you’re more racist than you could ever paint this man who acted in self defense.
HAHAHAHAHAHA…. NEVER IN MY FUCKING LIFE HAVE I CAUGHT SOMEONE IN SUCH A BLATANT PATHETIC ASS FUCKING LIE THAT COULD BE DISPROVEN WITH A SIMPLE GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH. YOU ARE A TERRIBLE AND PATHETIC LIAR.
FIRST OFF THAT AIN’T FUCKING DARREN WILSON IT IS JIM MCNEAL HAHAHAHAHA YOU DUMB FUCKER.
SECOND DARREN WILSON LOOKS LIKE THIS:
THIRD THE PICTURE OF THE EYE FRACTURE WITH THE EX-RAY IS A FAKE! ITS FROM UNIV OF IOWA WHICH IS ALMOST 7 HOURS AWAY FROM FERGUSON HAHAHAHA..
HERE IS THE FAKE ONE THAT’S PEOPLE SAY IS DARREN WILSON’S:
AND HERE IS THE REAL ONE WITH THE EXACT SAME INFO EXCEPT UNIV OF IOWA AIN’T SCRATCHED OUT:
HAHAHA ON THE ONE HAND I HOPE YOU REPLY SO I CAN SEE WHAT OTHER LIES YOU WANNA SPREAD. ON THE OTHER HAND I HOPE YOU CRAWL INTO A HOLE AND CONTEMPLATE YOU SHEEP MENTALITY.
keep calling them racists out!!!
So far as I know the NYTimes still hasn’t issued a retraction for this.
no, i mean it’s totally understandable someone might be confused by that first photo all white men look alike so it’s an understandable mistake to make they probably jus tthrought it was darren wilson i means eriously white men just look so much alike it’s a very understandable mistake to make.
Preston Wilcox, Editor
Illustrations by Sandy Huffaker
White is dropping the H-bomb on the Japanese and not on the Germans.]
yup. this about sums it up
Yes, exactly! It wasn’t because America planned to bomb Germany but then Germany surrendered, making Japan the greatest threat towards ending the war. It wasn’t because America wanted revenge for Pearl Harbor. It wasn’t because there were still many American troops in Germany. And Germany DEFINITELY hadn’t been bombed (not atomic/nuclear, but still bombed) numerous times previously in the war by the UK and America. It was because the evil white people decided to further oppress the poor, marginalized people of color. I’m so glad tumblr taught me this useful information, I can just forget everything I’ve learned in history class and ignore all of the facts and information concerning the event. What an educational and inspiring post.
[no understanding of what racism actually is nonsense]
[no knowledge of history nonsense]
Okay kids, gather round because you seem to be under the impression that this website owes you an education AND that your education on this subject is sufficient. Neither of those is true, but I’m gonna help you out anyway!
First, let’s discuss the “reasons for dropping the bomb” that are commonly given, but also happen to be totally wrong:
- Japan wasn’t willing to surrender
Actually, Japan was totally down to surrender! America was very good at cracking Japanese codes, and had intercepted several diplomatic messages sent to other countries where Japan expressed the terms of their conditions, with the only major term being that the emperor remain in power (Which would have been necessary to ensure a peaceful transition to foreign government for the Japanese people). Harry Truman ignored these messages and prolonged the war until the completion of the atomic bomb so that it could be used. More on that later.
In his 1965 study, Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (pp. 107, 108), historian Gar Alperovitz writes:
Although Japanese peace feelers had been sent out as early as September 1944 (and [China’s] Chiang Kai-shek had been approached regarding surrender possibilities in December 1944), the real effort to end the war began in the spring of 1945. This effort stressed the role of the Soviet Union …
In mid-April  the [US] Joint Intelligence Committee reported that Japanese leaders were looking for a way to modify the surrender terms to end the war. The State Department was convinced the Emperor was actively seeking a way to stop the fighting.
- It would have saved more lives than it took
Nah. Japan was actually on it’s last legs, and wouldn’t have been able to fight much longer at all, thanks to effective embargoes, blockades, and traditional bombing. They had all but run out of fuel, ammunition, and other war supplies.
Admiral William Leahy – the highest ranking member of the U.S. military from 1942 until retiring in 1949, who was the first de facto Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and who was at the center of all major American military decisions in World War II – wrote (pg. 441):
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.
- Destroying two major military targets helped us out
LOL Nagasaki and Hiroshima weren’t selected because they were military targets (Because they weren’t military targets at all!). They were selected because they were large cities where the bombs would have the most devastating affect.
President Truman steadfastly defended his use of the atomic bomb, claiming that it “saved millions of lives” by bringing the war to a quick end. Justifying his decision, he went so far as to declare: “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.”
This was a preposterous statement. In fact, almost all of the victims were civilians, and the United States Strategic Bombing Survey (issued in 1946) stated in its official report: “Hiroshima and Nagasaki were chosen as targets because of their concentration of activities and population.”
General George Marshall agreed:
Contemporary documents show that Marshall felt “these weapons might first be used against straight military objectives such as a large naval installation and then if no complete result was derived from the effect of that, he thought we ought to designate a number of large manufacturing areas from which the people would be warned to leave–telling the Japanese that we intend to destroy such centers….”
As the document concerning Marshall’s views suggests, the question of whether the use of the atomic bomb was justified turns … on whether the bombs had to be used against a largely civilian target rather than a strictly military target—which, in fact, was the explicit choice since although there were Japanese troops in the cities, neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki was deemed militarily vital by U.S. planners. (This is one of the reasons neither had been heavily bombed up to this point in the war.) Moreover, targeting [at Hiroshima and Nagasaki] was aimed explicitly on non-military facilities surrounded by workers’ homes.
Now, let’s discuss the the actual reasons for dropping the bomb:
- To send a message to the Soviet Union
- That’s it
- It was strictly politicalHistory.com notes:
By August 1945, relations between the Soviet Union and the United States had deteriorated badly. The Potsdam Conference between U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Russian leader Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill (before being replaced by Clement Attlee) ended just four days before the bombing of Hiroshima. The meeting was marked by recriminations and suspicion between the Americans and Soviets. Russian armies were occupying most of Eastern Europe. Truman and many of his advisers hoped that the U.S. atomic monopoly might offer diplomatic leverage with the Soviets. In this fashion, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan can be seen as the first shot of the Cold War.
New Scientist reportedin 2005:
The US decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 wasmeant to kick-start the Cold Warrather than end the Second World War, according to two nuclear historians who say they have new evidence backing the controversial theory.
Causing a fission reaction in several kilograms of uranium and plutonium and killing over 200,000 people 60 years ago wasdone more to impress the Soviet Union than to cow Japan, they say. And the US President who took the decision, Harry Truman, was culpable, they add.
New studies of the US, Japanese and Soviet diplomatic archives suggest that Truman’s main motive was to limit Soviet expansion in Asia, Kuznick claims. Japan surrendered because the Soviet Union began an invasion a few days after the Hiroshima bombing, not because of the atomic bombs themselves, he says.
According to an account by Walter Brown, assistant to then-US secretary of state James Byrnes, Truman agreed at a meeting three days before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that Japan was “looking for peace”. Truman was told by his army generals, Douglas Macarthur and Dwight Eisenhower, and his naval chief of staff, William Leahy, that there was no military need to use the bomb.
“Impressing Russia was more important than ending the war in Japan,” says Selden.
So let’s recap:
Harry Truman purposely killed hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians to make a political statement.
The US detonated the world’s first weapon of mass destruction simply to send a message to the Soviet Union and stop Red expansion into Asia.
I’m not saying the fact that one group of people (Who happened to be Asian) was viewed as disposable just to put on a show for another group of people (Who happened to also be white) is an act of racism.
I’m also not saying that we should examine the fact that no German or Italian families living in the US were put into containment camps out of fear of spies, but pretty much all Asian-Americans were (Because Asia is a country, obviously).
I AM saying that maybe you should consider that your history lessons in school were taught from books written by old white men, and they might read a little differently if they weren’t.
Oh, and I’ll leave on this little note from President Truman’s youth. Again, I’m not saying he’s racist or anything, but…
In Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Bomb, Japanese American historian Ronald Takaki writes about the man who made the final decision to destroy two Japanese cities, President Harry Truman. This was the same man who, when he was younger, wrote the following in a letter to his future wife, Bess:
I think one man is as good as another, so long as he’s honest and decent and not a nigger or a Chinaman. My uncle Will says that the Lord made a white man of dust, a nigger from mud, then threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion that negroes ought to be in Africa, yellow men in Asia, and white men in Europe and America.
Hey look, sources where you can go and educate yourself about all of this, and fact check me while you’re at it!
here i fixed some of the earlier comments so that they don’t distract from the huge fuckin’ historically accurate burn at the end
"grow a pear."
am I the only one stuck on this?
Now it makes since that people always say “men feel like theyre entitled to sex.” I didnt actually realized dudes seriously said shit like this. Wow.
this man needs jesus
this man needs a lot more than jesus…
he needs a pear, apparently
So apparently feminism is a hate movement. I’m sorry I don’t remember any feminists going on any shooting sprees because they were rejected by men or sending death and rape threats to blogger who pointed out sexism in video games.
::scratches head:: No, me neither. I can’t remember a bunch of feminists raping a drunken man in a sorority, either, or screaming at a man who didn’t respond to catcalls.
"I would like to be paid the same amount of money for the same work that men get paid."
"OMG Y DO U HAET MEN SO MUCH???????"
"Gosh, it sure would be nice if I could play a mainstream video game that didn’t have a white male protagonist and didn’t involve raping/murdering female characters."
"WHAT THE HELL DONT U REALIZE MEN HAVEV FEELINGS TOOOOOOOOO?"
There is a twitter account called @congressedits that sends out a tweet every time someone from the US Congress’ IP block anonymously edits Wikipedia, with a link to the change.
It is a wonderful tool for transparency…and it leads to some fairly absurd moments. Like this tweet:
Religion and abortion, eh? Yeah, I think I know where this is going…
…nope, nevermind. That is a surprise. I never knew aborted fetuses were gathering in the sewers with plans of world domination!
Sadly, the next Wikipedia edit removed this fun fact because Protista.org is “not a reputable source”. I feel like this is undue discrimination against our hardworking government officials, since the Wikipedia page for the Nuwaubian Nation echoes the same fact, with a particularly glorious citation including the direct quote from one of the Nation’s texts.
Our Congress at work.
HeyO! This was a bit of something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. Had it in my mind to do an Irish/Celtic/Gaelic/Welsh/Scottishwhathaveyou guide for awhile. Finally got around to it, at the very tail end of summer. So here goes.
Aos Sí: Irish term meaning “people of the mound”, they’re comparatively your faeries and elves of Irish mythology. Some believe they are the living survivors of the Tuatha Dé Danann. They’re fiercely territorial of their little mound homes and can either be really, really pretty or really, really ugly. They’re often referred to not by name, but as “Fair Folk” or “Good Neighbors”. Never, ever piss them off.
Cat Sidhe: Cat Sidhe are faerie cats, often black with white spots on their chests. They haunted Scotland, but a few Irish tales tell of witches who could turn into these cats a total of nine times (nine lives?). The Cat Sidhe were large as dogs and were believed to be able to steal souls by passing over a dead body before burial. Irusan was a cat sidhe the size of an ox, and once took a satirical poet for a wild ride before Saint Ciaran killed it with a hot poker.
Badb: Part of the trio of war goddesses called Morrígna with sisters Macha and Morrígan, Badb, meaning “crow”, was responsible for cleaning bodies up after battle. Her appearance meant imminent bloodshed, death of an important person, and/or mass confusion in soldiers that she would use to turn victories in her favor. She and her sisters fought the Battles of Mag Tuired, driving away the Fir Bolg army and the Formorians. In short: total badass.
Merrow: The Irish mermaid. They were said to be very benevolent, charming, modest and affectionate, capable of attachment and companionship with humans. It is believed that they wore caps or capes that would allow them to live underwater, and taking a cap/cape of a merrow would render them unable to return to the sea. Merrow, unlike regular mermaids, were also capable of “shedding” their skin to become more beautiful beings. They also like to sing.
Púca: Also called a phooka, these are the chaotic neutral creatures of the Irish mythos world. They were known to rot fruit and also offer great advice. They are primarily shapeshifters, taking a variety of forms both scary as heck and really really pretty. The forms they took are always said to be dark in color. Púcas are partial to equine forms and have known to entice riders onto its back for a wild but friendly romp, unlike the Kelpie, which just eats its riders after drowning them.
Faoladh: My all-time favorite Irish creature. Faoladh are Irish werewolves. Unlike their english neighbors, Faoladh weren’t seen as cursed and could change into wolves at will. Faoladh of Ossory (Kilkenny) were known to operate in male/female pairs and would spend several years in wolf form before returning to human life together, replaced in work by a younger couple. They are the guardians and protectors of children, wounded men, and lost people. They weren’t above killing sheep or cattle while in wolf form for a meal, and the evidence remained quite plainly on them in human form. Later on, the story of an Irish King being cursed by God made the Faoladh a little less reputable.
Dullahan: Dullahan are headless riders, often carrying their decapitated cranium beneath one arm. They are said to have wild eyes and a grin that goes from ear to ear, and they use the spine of a human skeleton as a whip (What the WHAT). Their carriages were made of dismembered body parts and general darkness. Where they stop riding is where a person is doomed to die, and when they say the human’s name, that person dies instantly.
Gancanagh: An Irish male faerie known as the “Love-Talker”. He’s a dirty little devil related to the Leprechaun that likes seducing human women. Apparently the sex was great, but ultimately the woman would fall into some sort of ruin, whether it be financial or scandal or generally having their lives turn out awful. He was always carrying a dudeen—Irish pipe—and was a pretty chill guy personality-wise. You just don’t ever want to meet him—it’s really bad luck.
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