Red Shoes for men (and of course, women and everyone else)

I feel that this post -like so many others- belongs in here as well.

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A hesitant digression about gender variability and fluidity

Gender roles and conventions have annoyed me all my life, especially since I have never clearly known what my gender was and is. I’m serious; I more or less assumed a sexual identity (I’m physically a male and this fact was acceptable to me, with some reserves and many peculiarities and deviations), but I deeply ignored my gender until I understood –or perhaps decided– I had none and, thus, I was agender. Anyway, this was still wrong…

Being physically masculine in the essential bits, and with a general look somewhat more masculine than anything else, I tended to adopt publicly a gender expression which was more masculine than feminine, neutral or whatever it could be. (I won’t talk about my sexual orientation(s) because I do not need to within the scope of this post.)

Anyway, my surroundings were peculiar and puzzling to…

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YHWH as HWHY – A Bi-gendered Deity for Jews, Christians and Muslims?

Just read this afternoon with great interest: “The four-Hebrew-letter name of God, which scholars refer to as the Tetragrammaton, YHWH, was probably not pronounced “Jehovah” or “Yahweh,” as some have guessed. The Israelite priests would have read the letters in reverse as Hu/Hi — in other words, the hidden name of God was Hebrew for… Continue reading YHWH as HWHY – A Bi-gendered Deity for Jews, Christians and Muslims?

Canfranc as Part of Benoît Sokal’s “Syberia” – Or Kate Walker in the Pyrenees

At last, after years of laziness and elusion, I have played the PC-game that my sister always recommended me to play: Syberia; both parts. I have to apologize to Ariel for not having done this while she was still here, to be able to tell her —with frank enthusiasm— how pleasant and deeply absorbing these… Continue reading Canfranc as Part of Benoît Sokal’s “Syberia” – Or Kate Walker in the Pyrenees

“La Senyera Catalana” – The oldest national flag in the world

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Dating from 1238, and kept in L’Arxiu Històric Municipal de València, this is the oldest national flag in the world, among those still in use. And it is the flag of my little homeland: Catalunya.

The Pennon of the Conquest (Catalan: Penó de la Conquesta) is the flag raised by the Moors of Valencia, Spain, on September 28, 1238 on the tower of Alī-Bufāt, later called Torre del Temple, to indicate their surrender to the troops of king James I of Aragon. We know about this episode from the quote entered by the king himself in his Chronicle: “We were in the riverbed, between the gardens and the tower; and when we saw our flag upon the tower, we dismounted from our horse, and heading eastwards we cried from our eyes and kissed the earth for the great mercy God had made…

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Edward McCartan (I) – The gentle eroticism

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Edward Francis McCartan (August, 1879 – September, 1947) was an American sculptor, best known for his bronzes of Art-Déco style, popular in the 1920s.
Born in Albany, New York, he studied at the Pratt Institute and at the Art Students League of New York, and then in Paris for three years before his return to the United States in 1910. In 1914, McCartan became the Director of the Sculpture Department of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City.
Posthumously honored by the National Sculpture Society, his public monuments were few -but the Eugene Field Memorial (“Winken, Blinken, and Nod” also know as “The Dream Lady”) can still be found in the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.

Other works can be seen at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina, and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Michigan. New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building -a national historic site in Newark- New…

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