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I found this while digging up stuff on the Faerie Queene, and I found an absolutely delicious primary source for you all! It of course has nothing to do with its supposed topic (it is not actually possible to defeat Britomart, and when you think of Paridell, think of this wimp) and everything to do with, well, things that are not English literature. All the formatting oddities stem from the fact I c&ped it from a PDF.

here! )

Nothing ever changes, does it? They have been making the exact same argument for the past eleven decades (though not much before that). It's the exact same rhetoric, the exact same intellectual dishonesty, and the exact same desire to piss all over everything--anything--that is good. Guy was a bloody English critic and he refuses to let himself read Spenser aright, just so he can have a crack at making a point.
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o.O

MENSTRUATION IS A SUPER POWER

During the insurgency of 1764 in Shandong, Wang Lun's forces used an array of magical techniques, including strange incantations and women soldiers waving white fans...An old soldier came to t he rescue with this advice: "Let a prostitute go up on the wall and take off her underclothing . . . we will use yin power to counter their spells." Thegovernment side adopted additional measures of a like sort, including, as later recounted by Wang Lun himself, "women wearing red clothing but naked from the waste down, bleeding and urinating in order to destroy our power."


Also:

The story was also circulated and widely believed by the populace that a naked woman straddled each of the many cannon mounted in the foreign buildings in Zizhulin, making it impossible for the gunfire-repelling magic (bipao zhi fa) of the Boxers to work properly.


O.o
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Betty was an admirable mother; but it did not take her long to find out that motherhood, as that function is understood by the mother of the upper middle classes, did not absorb the whole of her energies. She was young and strong, with healthy limbs and a body and brain that called urgently for exercise. . . .' (In short she began to give tea-parties.)

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