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The next time you see someone with jewelry that says “trust no man,” don’t judge them for their “man hating” or “bougie” ways. Rather, commend them for their superb taste in music.

“Trust no man” is actually a reference to a reference to a 1926 song of the same name by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, a Georgian and African-American pioneer of blues music. 

I want all you women to listen to me

Don’t trust your man no further than your eyes can see

I trusted my man with my best friend

But that was a bad bargain in the end

A feminist before there was really a term for it, Rainey was also notorious for getting into trouble with small-town authorities over her “women-only parties.” She was a brazen lady-lovin’ badass well-worthy of a 21st century signal boost.

Ma Rainey literally had a song Prove it On Me Blues where she pretty much said “I’m a big fat lesbian but you’re never going to catch me and if you dont think thats some of the dopest shit i dont wanna talk to you”

I did a report on her in middle school. I was already a budding angry queer and played “Prove It On Me Blues” during my presentation about her partly to make my classmates uncomfortable. Lyrics include:

Went out last night with a crowd of my friends,
They must have been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men.
Wear my clothes just like a fan, Talk to gals just like any old man
'Cause they say I do it, ain't nobody caught me, sure got to prove it on me.

Although she was married to a man. While of course that is not necessarily proof that she was attracted to men, especially in that time period, if she was indeed bisexual then we shouldn’t erase that. (“I don’t like no men” is pretty clear, but I thought I’d bring it up, because bisexual erasure is such a pervasive issue.) In any case, she was a badass queer lady!



preciouslegolass replied to your post: anonymous said:Okay, so within OU…

Wait, is it canon Leopold raped Regina?? Not many people think he did.

Anyone who thinks he didn’t is a fucking idiot, tbh. There is literally no reason why a man in his 50s would want to MARRY a teenage girl beyond wanting to fuck her.

Regina did not consent. Marriage needs consummation to be considered legal.

Why would you marry a teenager incapable of being a parent a child only a few years younger?
Why would you ignore consent?
Why would you marry your ex-fiancee’s teenage daughter?
Why would you ignore her privacy and read her diary?
Why would you hire someone to find the man who had caught her attention and have him brought before you?
Why force a woman who does not want to be married to you to stay married to you?

If all these things are true (and canon) there is no way that Leopold would have his own virility questioned if he’s not even willing to let Regina go.  There is some serious bullshit going on with people who DON’T think that and you need to question why all these factors and the way sexism, rape apologism and victim blaming come into play.

 # for me this is also a prime example # of a culture socialized to # never question authority  # the text says leopold is ‘a good king’ # and so his actions are never questioned  # despite the fact that  # textually  # he violates regina # over and over again # and that’s before we get into the discussion of  # marital rape   # evil isn’t born it’s made  # and king leopold is directly responsible  # for the creation of the evil queen  # but his actions are whitewashed for no other reason  # than because he’s described as  # ’a good king’   # so it bears repeating  # leopold is the worst - via trancer21

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