[image description: a photo (or screencap) of King Peggielene Bartels of Otuam, Ghana. She is a robust, broad-shouldered, plump Black woman with a medium-brown complexion and short, tightly-curled, reddish-brown hair. In the photo, she is wearing kohl-style eyeliner, dark lipliner, deep-pink lipstick, and possibly other makeup; she has on a modest golden crown and two long, thick necklaces, one gold-tone in various shapes and textures and the other alternating golden-yellow “trade”-type beads with black-and-white-striped beads, but does not appear to have pierced earlobes; and she is wearing a traditional Ghanaian garment, made of traditional West-African woven fabric in geometric patterns of green, fuchsia and white, which is wrapped so as to cover her left shoulder but leave the right bare; there is also what seems to be a strap crossing her chest from her right shoulder downward, made of some reddish material with adornments in golden-yellow and goldtone circles. And, she appears to be either smiling, in mid-word, or both, and is turned slightly towards and looking at someone or something out-of-frame to her left.]
(76# Ghana) King Peggielene Bartels: Why she kicks ass
“To be a king in an African village or some places like this, it’s not like European queens where everything is on a silver platter for them … I have to really work hard to help my people. I have to give myself to people to better their lives..”
- She is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana and one of only three female kings in Ghana. She has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, providing the village with its first ambulance, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
- When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
- For 11 months out of the year she’s regular Peggy, secretary for the Ghanian Ambassador. She works, keeps in touch with her advisors via phone every night, saves her money and accumulates her vacation time into one month-long period — where she then takes off to Ghana to fulfill her duties in-person.
- When she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’”
- King Penny’s tale has been documented in a book written by her and author Eleanor Herman and is to be made into a film after Hollywood star Will Smith bought the rights to the book.
I love the phrase “only three female kings in Ghana.”
For those not familiar with Ghana, it’s a West-African country with the Atlantic Ocean as its southern border, approximately 240,000 square kilometers in area (roughly intermediate in size between the Philippines and the Hunan Province of China; roughly equivalent to the size of the UK, plus or minus Northern Ireland; intermediate in size between the U.S. states of Michigan and Minnesota) and with a population of approximately 24 million people (about as many as live in the four major countries of Scandinavia — Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden — taken together; right between the populations of Afghanistan and Yemen, or of the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and the Chinese city of Shanghai; and a million-odd fewer than live in the U.S. state of Texas). Most of those places listed in the above parentheticals for comparison, of course, don’t have even one male king (or a queen, or any royalty for that matter).
And Ghana has only three female kings…
Also, where is that film, Will? I want to see it! (Not nearly just because Queen Latifah will be playing King Peggy, BUT. Mmmm.)
[image description: A close-up of f2fag's boxer shorts, which are black and emblazoned with numerous Batman logos, taken by f2fag. The fly is unbuttoned, exposing the glans and some of the shaft of his cock, as well as part of his lips where they meet the underside of the shaft.]
Damn, I want those boxers and that cock. (Yes, Te, I have Batman boxers of my own, but they’re different.) Mmm, mmm, mmmm.
[image description: A photo of a light-skinned human with black or dark-brown hair, lying on their left side. Their right hip and thigh, torso, right armpit, left shoulder and upper arm, and part of their face — chin, mouth, part of right cheek — are visible, though the focus is sharpest on their chest, and the face is out of focus. The person’s groin is in deep shadow. They have a narrow, rounded chin; full, well-curved, reddish lips; and what looks like A- or B-cup breasts with areolae approximately 1-1.5 inches / 2.5-4cm in diameter. They also have thick, mostly-straight hair in their visible underarm, and slightly sparser hair across their collarbone, down their sternum, and across to encircle each nipple and areola. There may or may not also be hair on the lower abdomen meeting the pubic bush, but the lighting and less-sharp focus in that area makes it difficult to be certain.]
Self-portrait by Phoenix Floe (phoenixfloephotography is her self-portraiture journal) who identifies as a woman and apparently does not take any androgen supplements. (For any trans*guys who might be feeling jealous, consider that she began growing hair on her face, neck and chest in middle school, i.e. at 11-13 years old, and her classmates were as nasty about it as you’d expect.) She talks about what her experiences being a hairy woman have been like in this post, and at greater length in this other post.
When I first spotted this photo on sexisnottheenemy (which is a great tumblr you should all follow if it’s legal for you to look at naked people in your jurisdiction), I honestly couldn’t tell whether I was looking at a hairy woman, a very pretty man with gynecomastia, an intersexed person, a trans* man, a trans* woman, or some other category of person entirely. I’m glad I went looking for information instead of guessing, because #1, there are many more gorgeous photos of Phoenix Floe on both her tumblrs, and #2, there’s a goodly amount of other interesting stuff there, including at least one cute kitty video (hosted on vimeo).
One of my favorite female people: Princess, the cat who chose us when we went to the local Humane Society shelter to adopt a new owner.
(Yes, there’s something wrong with her eyes. She’s visually impaired, though not completely blind, due to an untreated infection when she was a kitten, long before she came into our lives. She has other health issues, too, including GERD and severe food allergies, particularly to chicken. And we wouldn’t trade her for a fully-able-bodied cat and a million dollars.)
Photo by me.
Another proof that (some) porn-is-art. I’m especially enamored of the way neither participant’s gender is definitively demarcated in this photo, as well as the way there are repeating triangle- and trapezoid-like shapes that are made up of curves.
I need to find someone to do me like this…
I think I’ll reblog this every time I see it because YES. Just yes. Yes on a platter.
Me or somebody like me executes this to perfection. #IJS
This rainbow toad from Borneo was thought to be extinct for nearly 100 years, and has never [before] been photographed. It looks like the kind of toad that could grant wishes: magical, rainbow-colored, psychedelic wishes.
Mother Jones ran this almost a year ago, on 15 July 2011. But I wanted to be sure my better half saw it today, since it’s her birthday. The freaky, funky little amphibian has been known to still be around for 364 days (since 2012 is a leap year) as of today… So, keep up the good work, rainbow toads, chillin’ on moss and reproducing and eating and looking amazing and whatever else it is that you do.
Summer Solstice is Here!
Summer has always been my favorite season, when I can go about barefoot and/or wearing as little as possible, and when the earth seems most alive, and when wild and garden-grown fruits and vegetables and herbs taste the best.
Also, I love the bokeh effect in this photo so so so much! Gorgeous. Captures the magic of the season, and the way the very air teems with life… A photo can’t truly capture the way that richness is in the sound and smell and feel of summer air as much (or more) as it is in what we can see; and yet, somehow, this image evokes what summer does to all of our senses.
2012 coach moon