1. "Romeo can’t really be blamed for Ophelia’s death."
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    Senior English major on a Shakespeare final. (via minininny)

    WELL THEY’RE NOT WRONG

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    How about this, though?

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    [Editorial Note: This “theory” depends on believing the Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet take place contemporaneously. So, for the sake of argument, let’s all agree that the events of both plays occur in the Spring of 1517 (chosen because of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, and the Reformational threads that run through Hamlet).]

    See, in the Second Quarto and First Folio versions of Romeo and Juliet, a[n extremely minor] character appears with Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio at the Capulet’s Party (where, if you recall, Romeo meets Juliet for the first time).

    Like Hamlet's Horatio, this Horatio is full of well-worded philosophical advice. He tells Romeo “And to sink in it should you burden love, too great oppression for a tender thing.”

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    Fig. 1 - Second Quarto Printing

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    Fig. 2 - First Folio Printing

    [The American Shakespeare Center’s Education Blog discusses the likely “real” reasons for Horatio’s presence]

    Let’s imagine that Horatio has travelled down from Wittenberg (about 540 miles) to Verona for his Spring Break. He hears about some guys who like to party (because, let’s be honest, besides getting stabbed, partying is Mercutio’s main thing). So, he ends up crashing the Capulet’s ball with them.

    He is then on the sidelines as Romeo and Juliet fall in love, Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt, Romeo gets banished, and both lovers are found dead in Juliet’s tomb.

    This tragedy fresh in his mind, he returns to Wittenberg at the end of what has turned out to be a decidedly un-radical Spring Break and discovers that his bestie Prince Hamlet is leaving for Elsinore Castle because he’s just gotten news that his father, the King, is dead.

    On the trip up (another ~375 miles), Horatio recounts the tragic romance he just witnessed in Verona. He advises (as he is wont to do) Hamlet not to mix love and revenge.

    Hamlet takes Horatio’s advice to heart, breaking up with Ophelia so that he can focus is energy on discovering and punishing his father’s killer:

    HAMLET
    Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner
    transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the
    force of honesty can translate beauty into his
    likeness: this was sometime a paradox, but now the
    time gives it proof. I did love you once.

    OPHELIA

    Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.

    HAMLET

    You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot
    so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it: I loved you not.

    Ophelia - burdened by the perceived loss of Hamlet’s love and his murder of her father - goes mad and drowns herself.

    You see, if Romeo had waited literally a minute and thirty seconds longer (31 iambic pentametrical lines) - he, Juliet, Ophelia (and possibly the rest of the Hamlet characters) would have made it.

    * With thanks to roguebelle.

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    Buncha fuckin nerds in this town.

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    The Hamratiophelia Conspiracy Theory ftw

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  2. watchtheswitch:

    CeCe McDonald would like to clear up a few myths about trans women. In a recent interview with PolicyMic, the young transgender activist dismantled seven myths that are commonly held.

    A little background - CeCe was incarcerated for 41 months after defending herself against a transphobic assault. Since release, she has channelled her experiences into activism, raising awareness of the ways that transgender people and everyone else can be mistreated by the criminal justice system.

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    Going on my iPhone is such a treat right now

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  5. "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."
    — Roald Dahl   (via alaelia)

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  6. So I got my new binder

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    megannicoline:

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    This is me in my usual bra, note the 34D/32DD boobs.

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    And here is the binder, almost completely flat.

    This thing is awesome.  It is remarkably comfortable, too.  Feels a bit like wearing a sports bra. I got it from Love Boat, this one(http://www.lesloveboat.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=122&osCsid=57cc209b6d95c6c3efa2d87a2325b6c2)

    WOAH.

    Reblogging again for my trans* and genderfluid buddies and also all female cosplay friends.

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  7. La Roux | Cruel Sexuality

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  8. butt-grab:

    so we went to an improv show and we played this game where somebody is given a trait and another player has to guess what it is based on how they answer questions

    and one of the players who was a taxidermist was asked “what do you do for a living?” and she replied “oh you know…. stuff” AND TO THIS DAY THAT IS THE GREATEST PUN I HAVE EVER HEARD MY GOD

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  10. ussbishop:

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