I can’t not share this as this is an issue close to me, and many other people as well. I just wish everyone would ask, when they see things like this; what if I found myself in their situation? What if my dignity, as a human, was beaten out of me?
Allesandro Moreschi’s voice is preserved in the only recordings to be made of their kind. In 1902, he was recorded singing “Ave Maria” and “Hostias et Preces.” Moreschi was castrated, likely when he was only eight years old, although it could have been earlier in his life. He was a Castrato; a prepubescent boy castrated so that he would retain his high, childlike voice for his whole life instead of “dropping” from puberty. Castrati were so popular, primarily because, in church, women were usually banned from singing based on the Pauline dictum, “let women keep silent in church”(I Corinthians, ch 14, v 34). When church choirs required voices with a range similar to (female)sopranos and mezzo-sopranos, Castrati were used. Castrati were popular in Europe from the 16th century to the 1860s.
The genital mutilation of children is generally accepted these days(although not in all parts of the world) as cruel and unacceptable. Unfortunately, people made the decision to place a boy’s (potential) singing career ahead of human rights. In the end, this is another disturbing example of the ways in which sexism(the banning of women from singing in church) has had negative repercussions on men and boys.
You can listen to the recordings of the Castrato Alessandro Moreschi here, and judge his voice for yourself!
Yes, yes, I’ve got a movie review for you! I’m a sucker for dark movies, but I thought this one–The Harvest–was worth recommending. As someone who has trouble sitting through long movies, I found The Harvest(1hr 44min) very watchable. From start to finish, the pacing was perfect. I’d like to add that this movie deals with the death of one’s child, among other sensitive topics, so keep that in mind if you’re sensitive to that. Even I was on edge, mouth twisted in disgust when things really started to get creepy.
A sickly boy(Charlie Tahan) is isolated from the outside and other children, “to keep his strength.” His abusive mother(Samantha Morton) is a doctor, and mild father(Michael Shannon) a nurse. When mounting evidence shows that the mother doesn’t truly care about the boy’s longevity, only the neighbor girl(Natasha Calis) can shine light on this dark family. All of the characters in The Harvest are believable, with familiar dynamics that hearken to real life. For example: the mother puts the father down by reminding him he’s just a nurse, and she an MD. The father, conversely, resents her status as a doctor.
The movie opens with a pleasant scene: kids are playing baseball, parents yelling encouragements from the bleachers. One kid, Bobby, is hit with the ball and flops to the ground, unresponsive. Adults crowd around him, but you can hear a woman calling: “Please, let me through… I’m his mom. Let me through.” Bobby is taken to hospital and saved. His mother, relieved, thanks the doctor with a hug. This seemingly inconsequential scene will not make sense until the very end of the movie. Actually, I went back and watched the opening again because I had nearly forgotten it as it seemed totally unrelated. Folks, I was wrong. Go back and watch the beginning again if you need to: it really frames the message of the movie.
Sidenote: The Harvest is available on Canadian Netflix.
You can now experience a simulated death, cremation, and reincarnation in China for about $68 US. One man says it is supposed to make you less scared about death, but watching this video just made me stressed–and I don’t usually worry about death.
Mutiur Rehman believes he’s Jesus, and that he is Tupac‘s prodigy. Yes, that Tupac, the deceased rapper we’re all familiar with. Before you laugh, consider this: how long can you be alone, before you start to hallucinate?
According to accounts from Rehman’s family members, it took him about a year to start hearing things. In total, he spent 18 months in solitude against his will.
This all happened at the infamous Innes Road jail in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This jail has been under scrutiny for its inhumane treatment of inmates; including locking them in shower rooms, overcrowding, and its use of solitary confinement.
Now, Mutiur Rehman has received a diagnosis of schizophrenia, an illness that can be exacerbated by stress. His mother and father believe the stress and loneliness of being in prison for two years caused him to hear voices.
It’s irrelevant why Rehman was in the Innes Road jail, and what he did or didn’t do. Inmates aren’t monsters or demons deserving of punishment: they are human beings. Fundamentally, people do not deserve abuse.
To help you understand Schizophrenia a bit better, I have added some videos to this post:
Ted Cruz claims that Americans “overwhelming(sic) disagree” with same-sex marriage, and that polls claiming most are in favor of marriage equality are “skewed.” Ted Cruz knows this because, naturally, he’s a wizard and can read the thoughts of millions of Americans without breaking a sweat. His magic powers are so great, that he knows better than to believe the results of multiple polls. Polls such as this one and this one.
You’re a wizard, Teddy.
I see pictures of forlorn fawns
pop up in my feed.
And I know that you think they’re cute,
but I know the
familiar swell of anxiety
bubbling up in my chest.
taken moments before their
to exact revenge.
I’d rather see:
a goat, or a turtle,
or a bird of paradise
Than the shrouded eyes
of a buck.
Read more about my fear of deer here.