X JAPAN’s Asian tour wrapped up around 20 days ago, which was the end of our tours for this year. All of our shows were fantastic, including the ones in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Bangkok (where we managed to successfully overcome the flood disaster to hold our concert). During the last part of…
IDK about the UK having “Wonderful scenery and air” at the moment. It’s raining and bastard cold, to be honest. Though at least Brighton is probably a bit warmer than here.
"The Greeks thought that homosexuality was more pure than heterosexuality, because one of the main purposes of heterosexuality is the option of reproduction. The Greeks considered heterosexuals desire for only this to be greedy, where as homosexual love is more about true love for the other person, not just the desire to reproduce. Also, because homosexual love isn't the dominant culture. It's different."
I don’t really agree with how this is presented as a modern-thinking statement towards equality.
The Greeks saw male/male love as more pure because they thought women were dirty and filthy and awful. Women were pretty much treated as the lowest possible level of their society, so of course they saw a guy fucking a woman as dirtying himself.
And only male love was seen as a higher, more spiritual kind of love. This was also true in the Renaissance, when the female body was associated with everything earthly and dirty, whereas males were seen as closer to “pure” spirit beings. There’s a poem this reminds me of, “Angels and Air,” which discusses this topic.
Pretty sure they, not unlike modern society, were totally content to throw lesbians under the bus or deny lesbianism altogether. Ancient Greece was patriarchal as fuck. And the notion of separate sexualities didn’t really develop in the West until the Victorian times, I think. Before then, it was viewed as sometimes you just wanted to shag a guy and share some dudebro bonding with him. Lesbians were still erased.
This weekend, as many already know, was the ThoughtBubble comics festival in Leeds.
The comics festival is the culmination of a much larger arts festival that takes place in Leeds and elsewhere in the first few weeks of November and in a few short years has gone from being a tiny little comics…