dark depression blog, following back similar
dark depression blog, following back similar
THIS IS MARRIAGE!!
Permission to be a bad ass. Nod.
He looks back at the guy like, “SEE THAT? SHE SAID YES. YOU’RE SO FUCKED.”
Like, guys. Sparta was so kick ASS sometimes when it came to women. Spartan women were given these small knives so that if their husbands came home and tried to hit them or assault them, they had a weapon within reach. That weapon was for CUTTING THEIR HUSBANDS’ FUCKING FACES so that when he went out in public everyone would know he was an asshole, abusing jerkface and they would publicly shame him.
I DID NOT KNOW THAT THAT IS GREAT
LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT SPARTAN WOMEN FOR A SECOND.
In Sparta, women could own land and were considered citizens. THAT IS A HUGE BIG FUCKING DEAL. Why? Because that was RARE AS FUCK and there are lots of places TODAY where women don’t even get that much.
Divorce was totally fine, and a woman could expect to keep her own wealth and get custody of the kids because paternal lineage wasn’t very important. And it didn’t make her a pariah! She could totally remarry, no big deal at all.
Spartan women participated in some fuckin’ badass sporting events, too. And because they were expected to be as physically fit as the Spartan menfolk (who all had to serve compulsory military duties, btw, and couldn’t marry until they finished them at thirty) they didn’t have time for lots of swishy dresses. So they wore notoriously short skirts. According to some accounts, their thighs were visible at all times. HOLY SHIT.
Also, In Sparta men only got their names on their graves if they died in battle. And women? Women only got their names on their graves if they died in childbirth. THE SPARTANS COMPARED CHILDBIRTH TO FUCKING BATTLE AND IT WAS VIEWED AS A GODDAMN BADASS AND HONORABLE WAY TO GO OUT.
FUCKING SPARTAN WOMEN. THIS DUDE HAD FUCKIN’ BETTER MAKE SURE SHE’S COOL WITH WHATEVER HE’S DOING, IF HE KNOWS WHAT’S FUCKIN’ GOOD FOR HIM.
^^ I throughly enjoyed the history lesson dashed with the colorful adjectives.
I mean, he knew she was Cersei… lol
And the women were trained the exact same way as men were. As children they were equals ; they were not allowed to wear clothing until a certain age and at that point they were sent away to a training camp until they were 18. It was only the men who were sent into the wilderness for an extra two years to ensure their strength for battle.
Plus the women could marry whomever they pleased and the men weren’t allowed to live with the women in their house until she said so. And they were tough in Sparta but also all about family. To have male offspring was good luck, to have female offspring was an honour.
This part of the movie was true; King Leonidas really did kill a man because he insulted his wife and he always ensured that he had his wife’s approval. And while Leonidas was away in battle she did rule Sparta on her own.
Sparta knew what was up.
Spartan women were also chosen for marriage based on their character and physical attributes, not sold with dowries. They could inherit from both their husbands and fathers, which was practically unheard of. Women did not marry until their early twenties and sometimes late teens (basically exactly how we do now) as opposed to be married off as children. Spartan women were polyandrous, because a husband would encourage his wife to bear the children of a more physically fit man. The boys were taken away at seven to undergo training, while the girls remained with their mothers and were educated publicly. And not like our home ec., where they were just expected to learn how to cook and sew. There is evidence that they taught their girls about government and battle strategy and how to read and write, as well as being head of their household and as such managing money and business. In addition to them learning about music and dancing and the arts. Nothing was denied to them. They had practically no gender role, aside from their emphasis on a women’ ability to give birth, which they were revered for, and a mans duty to go to battle. Both men and women competed in physical sports like gymnastics and horse-racing and wrestling in total equality. Spartan women competed in their fucking Olympic trials, and it was remarked upon by many different cultures that spartan girls seemed far more nourished than other young girls.
The women were considered Sparta’s last line of defense and were trained as such. There are several accounts of them holding the city when under attack until the men returned, pinching the attacking army against the city and wiping them out entirely. The women were the hard place, the men were the rock, in that scenario.
Sidenote: men also let their women get laid by their friends while they were away in battle, only for reproductive reasons, of course.