20 Hotties for Thursday

I noted in my links a few days ago that the AfterEllen.com site has rated the “Hot 100 Women List” according to voting my their lesbian fans. This was in response to the crappy, misogynist list put together my Maxim magazine, and since AfterEllen’s list has gotten major press (and praise) for being diverse and including women with hot brains and well as hot bods.

My friend Maxine Dangerous decided today that for her regular “13 for Thursday” feature, she would list her favorite 13 hot women from AfterEllen’s list. Well, of course I had to follow along with a list of my own, but I wasn’t able to narrow the field to 13. So here they are; my hot 20 women, any of whom I would jump into bed with in a heartbeat, if I had permission from my wonderful girlfriend, who’s making her own list as we speak.

America Ferrera
America Ferrera
Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell
Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan
Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals
Katee Sackhoff
Katee Sackhoff
Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh
Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham
Leisha Hailey
Leisha Hailey
Leisha Hailey
Leisha Hailey
Mary Louise Parker
Mary Louise Parker
Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Renee O'Connor
Renee O’Connor
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
Tina Fey
Tina Fey
Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet

Of course, the AfterEllen list was completely remiss in leaving out two of my very favorites:

Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder

and last but certainly not least, Sophie B. Hawkins

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Celebrity Look Alike

If I could look like any celebrity, I would love to look like Sophie B. Hawkins. She’s incredibly gorgeous, and I love the way she dresses… very down to earth and a lot like I do.

Sophie B. Hawkins

Even when she’s dressed up, she has amazing style.

Sophie B. Hawkins

And then there are the times when she dresses up like a mechanic, or you know, a milkmaid. Everyone dresses like a milkmaid once in a while, don’t they?

Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins

Cate used to have the milkmaid picture on her refrigerator. Which is a very good idea, I think, because that’s what I want to see when I’m getting a bowl of cereal.

Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins

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You can’t Do That On Television

Wow, there’s a blast from the past… My friend Lori B. mentioned that she used to have a crush on Moose (Christine McGlade) the host of this Nickelodeon show… so did, I big time. I looked around for more info on her, but there doesn’t seem to be much on what she’s doing now, except a brief mention of her working for TVOntario.

Christine McGlade

UPDATE: Apparently, there’s a reunion/fan convention called “Slimecon 2004” for the show in Ottawa, Canada, July 16 – 18, 2004. This is the second, there was one in 2002 that Moose attended.

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Pallas Athena

Athena’s mother was Metis, one of the titans, and the goddess of wisdom, justice, prudence and good sense. She was the first wife of Zeus, in the pre-Hera days, and he valued her for her wisdom and wise counsel. She became pregnant, and Zeus learned through a prophecy that if he had a daughter by Metis, she would be his equal, but if he had a son, he would be superior to his father and would conquer him. Unwilling to take the risk, Zeus swallowed Metis whole, thus avoiding a possible son by her, but at the same time, keeping her wisdom and wise counsel close within him.

He didn’t expect what would happen… One day he became blinded by a terrible headache, one so awful that his cries of pain summoned all the gods in fear to his side. Hephestus knew what needed to be done; he took his hammer and split Zeus’ head open. Out of the gap sprung a warrior goddess fully grown and in full armor. As her feet hit the ground, the earth shook and the heavens were filled with radiant light.

The Goddess of Wisdom and Battle, the future patron of Greece’s golden city of Athens, and arguably the most important figure in the Greek pantheon, was born.

The story of Athena’s triumphant birth is told by Hesiod (circa 800-700 B.C.E.) at the end of the Theogony.

Athena played a major role in the Trojan War (as told by Homer in the Iliad circa 800-700 B.C.E.) siding with and aiding in battle the Greeks who were eventually the victors. At one point in battle, Athena, Goddess of Battle, defeated her half-brother Ares, God of War, causing him to flee the scene.

Pallas Athena is protectress and guide to both Odysseus and his son Telemachus throughout the Odyssey (Homer, circa 800-700 B.C.E.) the story of Odysseus’s long and perilous journey home from the victory at Troy. She counsels both men in various guises and appeals to the Gods on his behalf throughout.

Ancient Greek Hymns to Athena

Books about Pallas Athena

Athene: Image and Energy

Athena : A Biography – Lee Hall

Athena (Greek and Roman Mythology Series) – Nancy Loewen

Bright-Eyed Athena : Stories from Ancient Greece – Richard Woff

The Sanctuary of Athena Nike in Athens : Architectural Stages and Chronology (Aia Monograph New Series, 2) – Ira S. Mark

Books About The Parthenon

Athena’s Temple in Athens and the pinnacle of Greek architecture, the Parthenon stands on the Acropolis overlooking Athens. In the 1800s, much of the statuary and marble sculpture was dismantled and transported to England by Lord Elgin, where it now sits in the British Museum–a subject of great controversy.

Lord Elgin and the Marbles – William St. Clair
The best book I’ve found on the subject so far. Clear, detailed and easy to read; and objective and dispassionate examination of a controversial subject.

The Elgin Affair : The Abduction of Antiquity’s Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused – Theodore Vrettos
If you read the William St. Clair book above, you really don’t need this one, which is a less scholarly, more soap opera book that covers in less detail same material.

The Elgin Marbles : Should They Be Returned to Greece? – Christopher Hitchens, Robert Browning (Contributor), Graham Binns

The Parthenon of Ancient Greece – Don Nardo

The Parthenon and Its Impact in Modern Times – Panayotis Tournikiotis (Editor)

The Parthenon – Peter Chrisp

The Parthenon Frieze – Ian Jenkins

Books About The Controversial Theory Of The ‘Black Athena’

Black Athena : The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization (The Fabrication of Ancient Greece 1785-1985) – Martin Bernal

Black Athena : The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization : The Archaeological and Documentary Evidence – Martin Bernal

Not Out of Africa : How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth As History – Mary Lefkowitz

Heresy in the University : The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals – Jacques Berlinerblau

Books About Goddesses and Female Mythology

Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood : A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World – Merlin Stone, Cynthia Stone (Illustrator)

The Divine Feminine : Exploring the Feminine Face of God Throughout the World – Andrew Harvey (Editor), Anne Baring (Editor)

Goddess : Myths of the Female Divine – David Leeming, Jake Page

The Heart of the Goddess : Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine – Hallie Iglehart Austen, Jean Shinoda Bolen

When God Was a Woman – Merlin Stone

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Ancient Greek Hymns to Athena

translations and notes by Shawn Eyer to commemorate the dedication to Athena Parthenos of the temple and statue which bear her name

Original translations Copyright © 1996 by Shawn Eyer

The Homeric Hymns

The religious poetry to which we refer as the Homeric Hymns was attributed in ancient times to Homer, the poet of the Iliad and Odyssey. Although nobody today regards them as the work of Homer, they are quite skillfully composed and may be dated very early. For scholars they represent an important source of information about Greek religion. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, for instance, is a key document in the understanding of the Eleusinian mysteries.

There are two Homeric Hymns to the goddess Athena, one extolling her virtues as patron of the city, the other recounting beautifully her birth from the cleft brow of father Zeus.

Homeric Hymn 11 To Athena

I begin to sing of Pallas Athena, the dread Protectress of the city,
who with Ares looks after matters of war, the plundering of cities, the battle-cry and the fray.
It is She who protects the people, wherever they might come or go.
Hail, Goddess, and give us good spirits and blessed favor!


I begin to sing of Pallas Athena…
Pallas is an ancient epithet of Athena. Although some have argued that it is a form of pallo, to brandish, most feel that pallas is in fact an archaic word for maiden.

…dread Protectress of the city…
"City-protecting" (erusiptolis) is a common epithet of Athena.

Homeric Hymn 28 To Athena

I begin my song of Pallas Athena, illustrious goddess with sharp grey eyes.
Crafty one, She, with a heart relentless,
modest Virgin, Protectress of the city!
The valiant Tritogeneia was roused by Zeus the wise
from his own awesome brow, the tools of battle on her arm,
glittering and gold: All the immortals were stunned.
Without delay she leapt from the ever-living skull
to come before Zeus, master of the aegis,
and the sharp javelin rattled in her hand.
Mighty Olympos was sent madly spinning
by the potency of her, of the Grey-eyed one.
From every direction the earth let loose a chilling scream.
Waves, deep and dark, stirred up in the seething ocean,
and all at once spray jetted from the sea.
The shining son of Hyperion brought his swift steeds to rest, waiting long,
until the Maiden divested her incorruptible shoulders of the godlike armor…
She, Pallas Athena! Wise Zeus laughed!
That is why I say it too: Hail to you, Daughter of aegis-wielding Zeus!
While now I sing a different song, I always remember you!


illustrious goddess with sharp grey eyes…
This term (glaukopis) is an epithet of Athena throughout Homeric literature and is found in later sources as well. Often it is simply rendered "grey-eyed." However, the sense of the word may refer less to the color of the eyes as to their glare or opacity owing to the gemstones used for the eyes of statues of Athena.

modest Virgin, Protectress of the city…
"Virgin" is parthenos, for which the Parthenon is named.

The valiant Tritogeneia was roused…
Although Tritogeneia ranks with Pallas as an ancient epithet of Athena, its exact meaning is now unknown. "Born of the Triton" and "triple born" are typical suggestions.

Zeus, master of the aegis…
The aegis was a magical shield in the property of Zeus. The Homeric Hymn twice refers to Zeus as "aegis-holder."

The Orphic Hymn to Athena

The Orphic Hymns are a collection of eighty-seven ritual invocations which were probably used by certain initiates of the Orphic mystery cult. Though some have placed them far later (as well as far earlier), they were probably composed between 100 BCE and 150 CE.

The Orphic Hymn to Athena celebrates the goddess with a dizzying barrage of colorful and often baffling imagery.

To Athena, with an incense of aromatic herbs.

Pallas, you only-begotten One, born of mighty Zeus, awesome you are, and divine:
Goddess so blessed, lifting high the turmoil of the fray,
Mighty One unspeakable yet so well spoken of!
Great-named One at home in a vault of stone,
Caught up in haughty hills and wandering the shaded mountain’s ridge,
You who put a dance in the heart and glory in embattlements,
You can put the sting of mania into a mortal soul!
Athletic Maiden with a heart sublime,
Slayer of the Gorgon, fugitive of the bridal bed,
Mother of Art in all your abundance, catalyst of progress!
You bring folly to the corrupt and a sense of purpose to the pure!
Indeed, you are male and female in one,
Patron of war and wisdom,
You are fluid of form, a dragon,
Infused with inspiration of the Gods!
Rightly-honored One, who brought Phlegran giants down to defeat,
You driver of steeds, Tritogeneia, save us from evil, bearing Victory in your arms!
Day and night, eternally, in even the loneliest hours,
Hear my prayer, and grant us an abundant peace, fulfillment, good health.
Make prosperous the hour, gray-eyed One, inventor of Art,
The object of the people’s ceaseless prayers–
My Queen!


Pallas, you only-begotten One…
This term, monogenes, means only-born. It is interesting to note that another important Wisdom-figure, the divine Logos, is described as "the only-begotten of God" in the Johannine literature of the New Testament.

Mighty One unspeakable yet so well spoken of…
The Greek arrhete refers to a reverent, even fearful, silence. In the hymn it is followed immediately by rhete, its opposite.

Great-named One at home in a vault of stone…
The Greek word antrodiaitos literally means "to make one’s home in a cavern" or "grotto." This seems an unexpected chthonic attribution, although one might understand the Parthenon as an artificial cavern of sorts.

Slayer of the Gorgon, fugitive of the bridal bed…
An epithet of Athena, who aided Perseus in the act of destroying the monsters. Athena’s statue in the Parthenon depicted the head of the Gorgon on her breastplate, the aegis.

You driver of steeds, Tritogeneia, save us from evil, bearing Victory in your arms…
The name Tritogeneia is of uncertain derivation and meaning. Nikephore means "carrying victory," and in the ancient Parthenon Athena was shown carrying Nike, victory personified.

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Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Revolutionary Girl Utena
An awesome Japanese comic book turned TV series about a cross-dressing young girl, Utena Tenjou, who is rescued by a prince, and as a result, decides to become a prince herself. In a strange, fantastical high school academy, the individualistic girl Utena discovers a strange series of duels – competitions to claim her classmate Himemiya Anthy as the prized "Rose Bride".  When Utena agrees to a duel, intending to free Anthy from her obligations, she finds herself inexorably drawn into a complex web of power struggles, lust, and jealousy.

Read a good, more complete synopsis of the storyline.

Revolutionary Girl Utena Manga Comics

The comic books are really the easiest way to follow the plotline, which can be really dense and surreal in the TV series and almost impossible to follow in the movie. The comics are much clearer about the character’s intentions and about what’s actually going on with the arcane rituals they’re performing.

Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 1: To Till

Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 2: To Plant

Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 3: To Sprout

La Fillete Revolutionnaire Utena Illustration

Art of Utena (Japanese Language Text)

Revolutionary Girl Utena TV Series DVDs

Revolutionary Girl Utena – The Rose Collection – Volume 1

Revolutionary Girl Utena – The Rose Collection – Volume 2

Revolutionary Girl Utena – The Black Rose Blooms – Volume 3

Revolutionary Girl Utena – Impatience and Longing – Volume 4

Revolutionary Girl Utena – Darkness – Volume 5

Revolutionary Girl Utena The DVD Movie

Revolutionary Girl Utena – The Movie (2002)
The Movie version of RGU has been called an "alternate universe" version of the story… and with good reason. Condensed and somewhat different in details, it would be almost impossible to follow had I not read the comic books and seen the TV show.

Revolutionary Girl Utena Websites

The Utena Encyclopedia

Rose Petals – La Fillette Revolutionnaire

The Utena Network – wine soaked roses

Revolutionary Girl Utena – The Movie
A flash site for the movie.

Anime Goddess’s Utena Fan Fiction Page

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Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan of Arc
Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan was one of my favorite childhood heroines; a teenage girl who lead the French army to victory against the British in the early 1400’s, inspired by heavenly voices. Eventually she was captured by the British and burned at the stake for witchcraft. She was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic church in 1920. I admire her for her strength of belief, her faith in herself, and courage in the face of the worst humanity has to offer. She is not celebrated nearly as much as she should be in this world.

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
Now playing in movie theatres. While visually arresting, I wasn’t as satisfied with the movie. They way her visions were portrayed was a bit strange to me, and the ending had some odd moments as well. The website is certainly something to see. If you don’t have Flash 4; you’ll certainly want to download it.

Joan of Arc: The Mini-Series (now on video)
CBS has a very pretty site devoted to Joan, with pics from the mini-series and links to historical information. The mini-series was excellent and I actually liked it better than the theatrically-released movie.

Saint Joan of Arc
A good brief biography of Joan.

Joan of Arc – Gay Icon
The Gay Heroes site quickly points out that Joan wasn’t a lesbian, and was a virgin, but highlights her role model status for lesbian women.

The Museum of Joan of Arc at Rouen
On the 30th of May, 1431, Joan of Arc was burnt to death at the “place du Vieux Marché” in Rouen. Located 30 meters from the stake, the Joan of Arc Museum has been open for 45 years.

The Joan of Arc Chapel
A 14th century chapel in France, rumored to have been visited by Joan.

Saint Joan’s Armor
A story about armor rumored to be Joan’s.

Information about Joan
There are good links here, and some strange stuff about how L. Ron Hubbard and Kurt Weiland of Scientology fame are against Joan of Arc. Don’t ask me why.

Joan of Arc, the Band
Of course there’s a band called Joan of Arc, although no one in it is a girl. Don’t ask me why here, either.

Order of the Grail, Joan of Arc Commandery, Chivalry
The Order of the Grail offers Initiation into a Chivalric Order with a
legitimate Medieval lineage. Alchemical, Rosicrucian, Gnostic and
Hermetic Studies. Can’t get in here without a password.

The Library of Witchcraft’s biography of Joan
including some pictures of classic paintings of her.

A gorgeous triptych stained-glass window of Joan: Left window, center window, and right window

Joan of Arc Bust
If you can’t live without Joan, buy a bronze statue of her.

Books You Can Buy About Joan (From Amazon Books)

Joan of Arc – Mark Twain

Joan of Arc : Her Story – Regine Pernoud, Marie-Veronique Clin, Jeremy Duquesnay Adams

Joan of Arc : By Herself and Her Witnesses – Regine Pernoud

The Trial of Joan of Arc (Visionary Women) – Marina Warner (Introduction), Monica Furlong (Editor)

Joan of Arc : In Her Own Words – Willard R. Trask (Compiler), Joan (Editor)

Dove and Sword : A Novel of Joan of Arc – Nancy Garden

Joan of Arc – Josephine Pool, Angela Barrett (Illustrator)

Joan of Arc : Of Domremy – Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman (Illustrator)

Joan of Arc – Diane Stanley

Young Joan : A Novel – Barbara Dana

Pisan, Christina de – Joan of Arc

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Logo

Books on Wonder Woman from Amazon.com

How to Draw Wonder Woman – John Delaney, Ron Boyd (Illustrator)

Wonder Woman : Featuring over Five Decades of Great Covers (Tiny Folio) – Amy Handy (Editor), Gloria Steinem, Steven Korte (Editor)

Wonder Woman : Gods and Goddesses – John Byrne

Wonder Woman : Lifelines – John Byrne

Wonder Woman : Second Genesis – John Byrne

Wonder Woman : The Challenge of Artemis – William Messner-Loebs, Mike Deodato (Contributor), William Moulton Marston

Wonder Woman Amazonia : A Tale of the Wonder Woman – William Messner-Loebs

Wonder Woman Archives (Archive Editions) – Bob Kahan (Editor), H. G. Peter (Illustrator), William Marston

Wonder Woman Notecards

Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes : Wonder Woman – Michael Fleisher

Wonder Woman – William Moulton Marston

The Further Adventures of Wonder Woman – Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)

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I want to be Batgirl

I miss making out. Not that I don’t do it anymore, but not the way I used to. I mean that I miss kissing that’s unaccompanied by sex, or thoughts of sex, or thoughts of a relationship, or thoughts of anything other than just — making out.

That’s the best part of being a teenager – you can kiss without having to worry about all the stuff that comes after. I guess that’s not true anymore, really, is it? But it was when I was a teenager.

You know that kiss that isn’t going anywhere, but might? Unhurried, undistracted. “Long, slow deep wet kisses that last three days.” You know that line had to come from a movie, because no actual man ever said that and meant it as anything other than a pick-up line.

That kiss where you know your partner’s tongue as well as you know your own? The kind that starts our a little frantic and then you get each other’s rythym and eventually you almost feel like the same person, until you realize your foot fell asleep and you really need to move?

I imagine myself kissing women all the time.
I wanted to be Batgirl. I wanted to kiss Wonder Woman.
I wanted to be Dorothy. I wanted to kiss Glinda.
I want to be Buffy Summers. I want to kiss Willow.
I want to be Gillian Anderson. I want to kiss Jodie Foster.
I really want to kiss Holly Marie Coombs, but if I were Holly Marie Coombs, I’d want to kiss Shannen Dorhety.

Gina Gershon has me all twisted up in knots. I want to kiss her and be her at the same time.

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