Reminder that while the concept of virginity is technically a social construct, your sexual debut is still allowed to be special to you, and you are still allowed to wait and want to make it meaningful, and your self-perception is still allowed to change after you have sex. Just as long as you’re doing these things for yourself, and not because someone told you that you should.
“So often, in the theater, audiences don’t know that they are complicit in the chemistry of the show that night. Their quality of listening and their quality of engagement always enhances or diminishes the show itself because we can feel it. It’s a real relationship. And I love that. I will do Coriolanus a hundred times, and it will never be the same because it will depend on who’s in the crowd that night. There’s nothing like a live gig.”—Tom Hiddleston [x] (via madisonyork)
the 40’s and 50’s had a really cute aesthetic however the dark underside of over patriotism, greed, racism and sexism make me content to simply steal the dress patterns and be glad I’m not living during the time period.
There is evidence, of sorts, that Hamilton made the statement. Just how reliable a source for such a potent quotation can be is shown by the following extract from the Memoir of Theophilus Parsons prepared by his son, and published in 1859, some forty-six years after his father’s death:
“That was a day of violent language…. Words were sometimes used which were more extreme than the speakers thought. At a dinner party in New York, soon after the adoption of the Federal Constitution…one gentleman, whose name I never heard, was an earnest friend of the people…Alexander Hamilton was among the guests; and his patience being somewhat exhausted, he replied with much emphases, striking his hand upon the table, ‘Your people, sir, - your people is a great beast.’ I have this anecdote from a friend, to whom it was related by one who was a guest at the table.”
A attended the dinner, told B, who reported the incident to the elder Parsons. More than sixty years later the younger Parsons put that story in print. This, then, is the primary source for the quotation.
The fourth-hand source is obviously shaky, yet someone using it first made the “beast” quotation well known enough to start the snowballing effect. At this point, an interesting historical revenge emerges because the first popularizer of the quotation was Henry Adams, great grandson of Hamilton’s Federalist rival John Adams. Henry Adams seventy-five years after Alexander Hamilton’s death, could write to his friend and confidant Henry Cabot Lodge that much as he liked Lodge “…the subject [Lodge’s biography of Hamilton] repels me more than my regard for you attracts.”
The first secondary historical use of the “beast” image was made by Henry Adams in his History of the United States During the First Administration of Thomas Jefferson. There in chapter three one finds this passage:
“Compressing the idea [of ultra-Federalism] into one syllable, Hamilton, at a New York dinner, replied to some democratic sentiment by striking his hand sharply on the table and saying, Your people, sir – your people is a great beast.”
Twenty-four pages later Adams again put the phrase “great beast” into Hamilton’s mouth. In neither instance did Adams provide a reference which could be checked.
”—William Smith, “Henry Adams, Alexander Hamilton, And the American People as a ‘Great Beast’”