1. shiralipkin:









    No thanks

    A guy at a princess store in Disneyland was asking me if I related to Merida in any way and I was like

    “I don’t know man. I’m more of an Elinor.”

    And he busted out laughing.

    What I love most about this movie is that shows that being a princess is not wearing a beautiful dress, marrying a prince and live happily ever after, but a job, a hard job with duties and responsibilities were a lot of people depend on you


    (one problem with perception of medieval gender roles is that most of the people who were writing, especially those who were writing HISTORY, were CLERGYMEN who had never been married and lived in a weird situation cut off from the way the rest of the world worked and had like no actual life experience with the real world - and then popular culture’s idea of it has been heavily informed by VICTORIAN choices of who and what to translate and popularize)

    upper class medieval women were expected to run and manage the entire estate that they got from their husband (or that they already had in their own right through inheritance or as their marriage portion), a job which was acknowledged as being way difficult and requiring a wife with strength and fortitude and business sense if you wanted to be a successful person

    they were the HR managers of households that might have over a hundred people in, and tho a duchess or a queen would certainly not go to the store to do the household shopping, and she probably had a steward to assist her, it was ultimately her responsibility to know what things were needed for that household, to make sure that the appropriate people obtained those things, to oversee the use of the household materials, to make sure that EVERYTHING got done so that ALL those people could live and work smoothly. they wrote letters and managed the business of the estate and networked with other members of the nobility for both important game-of-thrones political reasons and for smaller more personal reasons like ‘that guy has a really nice deer chase, so if i send him some marmalade from our garden, he might send some venison back as a return gift”

    even in lower class households mom managed everything and women were basically considered to be shrewder and have better heads for that particularly kind of business than men and choosing a wise wife was the best thing you could do for yourself as a man who intended to be successful

    they were like hands-on CEOs and shit yo and don’t get me wrong society was sexist as fuck and they were limited as hell in what they could do and everything was classist beyond belief but no way was being a noblewoman just a matter of sitting up a tower looking pretty & the contributions that they made are so important

    also, the ladies of castles were responsible for defense when their husband was away at war (which happened a lot), so while personally participating in battle was unusual (though not entirely unheard-of) they did often find themselves in strategic command. and in wartime they frequently functioned as a sort of de facto logistics officer.

    oh, and has anyone mentioned diplomacy. because an arranged marriage is only the START of a princess’s diplomatic career. the alliance she forges with her marriage is one she’s responsible for maintaining her entire life. unless she decides to go ahead and take over the country; that’s been an option too from time to time. :D

    suddenly i really want to see a disney movie about a princess AFTER the wedding — forging a political bond with her new husband, defending the castle, sending troops and supplies to make sure he comes home from the war, reading secret reports from her spies in the enemy’s court… *swoon*



    And I’ve tried to touch on this with Merida, because ALL OF THIS? THIS is why Merida has absolutely ZERO desire to get married or (eventually) become Queen. Because it means her life - every second of her free time - going down the drain as she becomes more and more tangled up in running the castle AND the kingdom.

    (This is also why Elinor’s such a freaking BAMF, she’s got this shit down, man.)

    I have been calling myself a chatelaine for years and this is why. Hi. I run this.

    When school fails (which is always) tumblr takes over and teaches about STUFF… LIKE… THIS… this is why our generation is awesome

    (Source: theladyelsa, via polyturtles)

  2. phantomthelabrat:


    Sami Kuosmanen

    At first glance I thought this was a herd of wild doritos


    (via sam-winchester-is-unamoosed)


  3. dunshua:

    if u think teenage girls are crazed and hormonal and irrational you should see what happens when you tell a grown ass man “no”

    (Source: dunspoopy, via sam-winchester-is-unamoosed)

  6. vamellope:

    the general public is a truly amazing category of human beings

    (via sam-winchester-is-unamoosed)

  7. mymodernmet:

    Banye, an adorable 11-year-old British Shorthair who lives in Shanghai with his owner winnnie,  looks perpetually surprised thanks to a patch of dark fur strategically grown beneath his mouth.

    (via princessofnerdingham)

  9. erenstopyelling:


    Dan Tobin Smith's sweeping color gradient installation in his London studio is a sight behold 

    This makes me so happy.

    (Source: exhibition-ism.com , via princessofnerdingham)

  10. princessofnerdingham:



    I take a ceramics class at my school and we made coil pots as our first project and I just finished mine today! I made the smosh symbol as the handle!

    Fill it with Smosh smut

    XD I don’t think that will fit