Wednesday Wisdom…cont…Facts about Halloween and Samhain

I am going to be lazy and start off with a article first…

10 fun facts you didn’t know about Halloween – USA Today:
Meghan Tankersley
Editor OCTOBER 31, 2019

Long there has been debate whether or not Christianity “stole” Samhain and made it a holiday called Halloween. When large numbers of Irish people emigrated to the United States after the Great Famine in the 19th century, they carried their Christian-Pagan tradition with them, which lead to the popularity of Halloween in America today.

Jack o’lantern” comes from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack. The story goes, that Stingy Jack invited the devil to have a drink with him, but Jack didn’t want to pay for the drink, so he convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin. Instead of buying the drink, he pocketed the coin and kept it close to a silver cross in his house, preventing the devil from taking shape again. He promised to let the devil go as long as he would leave Jack alone for a year – and that if Jack died, the devil wouldn’t claim his soul. After a year, Jack tricked the devil again to leave him alone and not claim his soul. When Jack died, God didn’t want such a conniving person in heaven and the devil, true to his word, would not allow him into hell. Jack was sent off into the night with only a burning coal to light his path. He placed the coal inside a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the earth ever since.

People in Ireland and Scotland began creating their own creations of Jack’s lanterns out of turnips, beets and potatoes. The tradition traveled to the United States along with the immigrants and people began to use pumpkins, native to North America, for the lanterns instead. Some say though that in Samhain tradition, they really used human heads!

It was believed that phantoms walked the earth on the night of Samhain, so people would dress up in costumes in an effort to repel the spirits.

In the eighth century, in an effort to spread Christianity, Pope Gregory III decreed November 1 as All Saints’ Day and incorporated some of the rituals of Samhain.

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Samhain was one of four major Celtic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh, which occurred around 2000 years ago.

Trick-or-treating was inspired by the medieval English tradition of “souling,” which involved children going door-to-door on All Souls Day, offering prayers for residents’ deceased loved ones in exchange for food.

The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.

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Intersex Awareness Day

Oh my goodness! Intersex people get forgotten a lot. So they need all the days and time that they can get! Let’s give them our time, they are human too after all.

Once again, I’ll just remind anyone reading this, that I am cis gender straight woman. So if I write something wrong, or get something incorrect, please let me know. I write from a place of privilege and I acknowledge that.

Intersex Flag: The flag was designed by Morgan Carpenter.
The Progress Pride Flag.

Intersex is a general term used for a variety of situations in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the boxes of “female” or “male.” Sometimes doctors do surgeries on intersex babies and children to make their bodies fit binary ideas of “male” or “female”. Doctors always assign intersex babies a legal sex (male or female, in most states), but, just like with non-intersex people, that doesn’t mean that’s the gender identity they’ll grow up to have.

There are currently around 30-40 variations of Intersex.

Now clearly from my upper paragraph. The biggest issue that Intersex people have are Doctors getting the “okay” to do unnecessary surgery on newborns, from the parents. The fact that a lot of intersex infants don’t get to have a choice later on in life. Their body and their choices are taken over by others, before they can even speak, about where THEY think they “fit”.

But activism by and for intersex people is growing, leading to some changes in our culture, which right now treats intersex as a medical problem instead of a natural, healthy way bodies can be. Today, more and more people believe unnecessary surgery and other medical interventions shouldn’t be done on intersex babies and children at all. Instead, intersex people should be able to decide for themselves when they’re older if they want treatment or surgery.

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/gender-identity/sex-gender-identity/whats-intersex

I’m not really sure what to write about, because, again, I am not intersex and so I just don’t feel comfortable writing about “facts” so to speak. What I will write about though is how you can help the Intersex community, and I will also post some links you can find out how you can help yourself.

  1. Research what you can, and listen to Intersex people. Now, like with any group, I have seen close minded Intersex people, who go out of their way to harm the trans community (as a example). With any researching and listen, make sure you listen to more than one person.
  2. Intersex Human Rights Australia
  3. Respect how a Intersex person, determines for themselves, to be who they are.
  4. A low-range statistic for traits evident at birth is around 1 in 2,000 people (.05% of births) but a more likely figure may be closer to 1.7%. Roughly the same amount of people with red hair.
  5. Being Intersex is not a health issue. Intersex people, have a healthy body. The biggest issue is with fertility.
  6. Some Intersex people do and some do not find the term “hermaphrodite” offensive.
  7. Some are LGBT and some are not.
  8. Intersex people are just regular people, as you or I. The only way it is a mental health issue, is from the shame that Intersex people may experience.

What is Intersex? Planned Parenthood (America)

Affirm the: 2017 Darlington Statement (Australia)

Its Intersex Awareness Day – here are 5 myths we need to shatter (Amnesty International)

SOGIESC Unit: Fact sheet on Intersex Person Rights (South Africa)

It is completely weird…but that’s our world…

I participated in a poll last week, where we were asked if we trusted politicians or the media. Media lost, by over half and with 6,000 votes. Is it because we KNOW politicians will always be shifty? Whereas, I think I’m not alone in writing this…I don’t trust the media anymore. I EXPECT, and from the comments, so did others. You expect politicians to be shifty and nasty, even the nice ones. The media is SUPPOSED to be our defense against that.

Another one that I came across was the TERFS. Saying that one trans people want to take and take and take, and have taken everything “sacred” to females…Like if these females want public bathrooms that badly, they can bloody well have them. And yet, they’re confused when people call them “weird TERFs” because they (adults) are talking about complete strangers children’s orgasms, with no medical or health degree on Twitter. THAT IS FREAKING WEIRD! Too sit there publicly talking about how only women have cervices. One, not all women have a cervix, and not only women have one either. I ended up saying “The only difference between TERFs and MRA’S, MRA’s aren’t pretending they’re not obsessed with other’s genitals”.

But then Boris Johnson went and said this…’biology is very important but…’ and said he believed in treating everyone with ‘dignity and respect’.

So now, I’m like…whaaaaaa

The world in generally has just completely lost the plot. It’s a weird world, we’re living in…a mad world…even? The weirdest thing to me, is that the people in charge, like Johnson, Morrison (Australia), the BBC and the ABC. All these people have had jobs during the whole time, during each lockdown, in each country. They were allowed and kept going to work. So it’s weird to see them losing the plot.

My mum, as an example, has been able to work during most of the lockdowns. Has she had said to me previously, nothing really changed for her. But yet you see these Ministers and Journalists, actually working, and had somewhere to go and getting out of their homes during COVID, losing their minds.

The reality of real life is…

…Comedians sometimes become the joke,

No leader in the History of the world has been loved 100% and by all,

Viruses don’t care about your mental health, your job, your family, your friends. Too be fair to the virus, some humans don’t either…That’s a depressing thought, lol

Some people are currently fighting “the Government” (who agree with them), to get outside, just so they can go to another building and sit inside that building, haha…Think Pubs and Clubs. We even had people complaining when they could sit outside a restaurant, because they wanted to be inside the restaurant instead.

Mother Nature can take us all out.

Death and Taxes are real. If you don’t pay your taxes, you can murder, kill, harm, harass and bully others…But if you don’t pay your taxes…They’ll get you!

God…this turned out far more depressing than I originally wanted it to be, lol

The Best Fables by Aesop Everyone Should Know — Interesting Literature

Aesop wasn’t the first person to write animal fables. Several centuries earlier, Hesiod had written one about a hawk and a nightingale, while a poet named Archilochus penned several, including one about an eagle and a vixen, and one about a fox and a monkey. But Aesop, a writer about […]

The Best Fables by Aesop Everyone Should Know — Interesting Literature

International Day of Peace (United Nations)

Well where I do begin? Haha.

The world does not feel very peaceful at the moment, does it?

While we cannot control others, we can help others still and we can help give ourselves the power to give ourselves peace.

Be at peace, knowing though, that YOU do have the power to change your attitude and how you treat others.

Countries need better journalists.

We just do. I think it should be a rule or a Law, that is you spread misinformation regarding serious situations like COVID. If it was intentional, you should be pulled off air. If it was intentional, but that journalist’s what to “play”, be pulled off the air. When they make mistake, not only should they correct it in a BIG way, but they should go back to journalism school and re-learn how to verify things.

The ones that are any good, you rarely hear from, because like Murdoch. A lot of loud journalists like to make themselves the story. I think we, as a society, all over the world need to promote these good journalists ourselves. Murdoch and co aren’t going to do it.

I say it’s time the people start listening and start promoting the journalists that they want to hear from, rather than let industries like Murdoch do it for us. Let’s do this thing!

I would LOVE to hear of any good journalists, in each of your countries.

R U Okay and Teddy Bear Day

September the 9th is not only RUOK Day in Australia, but it’s also Teddy Bear Day. So on September the 9th, hug your teddy today if you’re not okay.

If you do need a “day” to ask people if they’re okay … I don’t know how to end that without saying the word “prat” lol.

RUOkay day, is a day to bring out suicide awareness.

R U Ok?

Now if you need to borrow a teddy bear, you can borrow one of mine…But note how I said *borrow* lol


R U OK?

Okay…Okay…Okay, lol

Okay, so the world is pretty…fucked at the moment … Cuse my french, haha.

Remember always put yourself first. Put your family first. Put your mental health first.

I’m going to list what I do to help with my mental health, and please free to add on in the comments! Also, feel free not too, lol.

  • Feel free to block anyone, on any social media platforms. Even friends and family! I recently started to block accounts on Twitter that they and I are on the same page as. They were making rules for what people could tweet, quote and screenshot their tweets on. I was just sitting there thinking to myself “I am not going through every single twitter account to see what individual rules are”. If you don’t want to tweet something for people to see, you can make your profile protected. You can do all sorts of things. Whose got time to go through all the twitter accounts and see what that people’s rules are.
  • Don’t feel bad if you don’t want to go on a platform, but you do and then you get sucked down that rabbit hole. It literally happens to everyone. You soon learn quickly to not do it.
  • The biggest issue I personally have is knowing when to give myself a “cheat day”. Sometimes unexpected things happen, it’s life. But you may have planned to have “chillaxed day”. I find having a back up plan helps often. So when something doesn’t work out, then you can say to yourself “that’s okay”.
  • Reminding yourself its okay, because it is okay to not succeed. Sometimes not having that day off, not passing that project, not passing that exam, is actually okay. A lot of successful people, fail several times before they succeed.
  • Also remind yourself, when you do fail (because you will) that it is totally okay. Even if you have to remind yourself several times. Because it is okay. I didn’t get the marks I needed to do a Acting Degree with a University and I don’t regret it. I’ve had a good life, and you don’t always need a degree to act anyway…Maybe with Shakespeare. The “funny” thing about that was, the media class was marked in half of whatever I got (long story, it was a SAS class though). If I had done it under a PAS class, and got the marks I did, I would have gone to University. So life is funny like that.

Well Done too Scotland!

So yesterday, possibly the day before…Scotland passed a really great thing. Much to the disgusts of a lot of transphobes.

The results of Scotland’s second GRA Reform consultation have been published. A majority of organisations and groups that responded backed plans for gender self-declaration. And also Individuals support it by 55% as opposed to 40% against.

Sad thing, because of transphobic actions, David Paisley a defender of both women and the LGBT. Now he is in a position to have to leave Scotland, because of threats. Because he, like the majority of people are trans inclusive. So that for “crime” they literally doxxed him, and instead of going “Maybe we’re the baddies” They decided to make fun that they’ve run him out of a country, for his own safety.

It is interesting to note to myself though, that despite the TERFdom in Scotland, in the UK, Australia and the US. The countries that are currently being run by women, are all trans-inclusive. All are doing quiet well with COVID. So, right now, we are seeing the worst and the best of women. Which, for myself anyway, is interesting.

Well Done too Scotland though for passing the GRA for a second time (it past the first time too).