Anonymous asked: 4

Hahahaa, anon likes to cut to the chase! <3 

Well, might as well answer though: I’ve cried recently, but for a million different reasons. 1) Thermidor just happened so you know 2) I keep watching these depressing LGBT documentaries that I relate to so hardcore and 3) this summer has been so overwhelming! Mainly it’s the last one really. I’ve been falling behind on a lot of stuff :/ I don’t know just aklsjdlakjsd directionless alksdjskaljd confusion asdjkasdhlas. I don’t think my blog has ever been particularly angsty but….I suppose now it is that I’ve typed this up? I’m also typing this at 2 am so that might be having an effect, too xD 

And to think it was I who made that.

belated Thermidor feels *twitch*

historical-trekker asked: 1,13

Oh these are good ones! Thanks for asking :)

1) The meaning behind my url is extremely relevant to the theme of my blog. The ‘unspeakable vice of the Greeks’ is a euphemism for homosexuality. I got it from the novel/movie ‘Maurice’ (written by E.M. Forster) which is set in 20th century England and deals with same-sex love between men. There’s a part where they read Plato’s Symposium in school. When they get to a part referencing homosexuality the professor interrupts and says ‘Omit: a reference to the unspeakable vice of the Greeks”. That moment has always stayed with me, especially being gay myself. So I shortened that to ‘unspeakable vice’ and made it my blog title :)

13) Hmmm, what are my life goals….actually I’m not sure what my life goals are at the moment. Everything seems really up in the air for me as I reevaluate my life. I guess one goal is working on myself. Another is finding the inspiration for my academic career again. Hmmm what else. Well. I’m not really sure! I guess things seem so up in the air and crazy right now! So…let’s say my current goal is figuring out my goals!

let me introduce myself:

1. the meaning behind my url
2. a picture of me
3. tattoos i have
4. last time i cried and why
5. piercings i have
6. favorite band
7. biggest turn off(s)
8. top 5 (insert subject)
9. tattoos i want
10. biggest turn on(s)
11. age
12. ideas of a perfect date
13. life goal(s)
14. piercings i want
15. relationship status
16. favorite movie
17. a fact about my life
18. phobia
19. middle name
20. anything you want to ask


Sappho, translated by Anne Carson.



Top: Phyrgian cap from the late 18th century. These were often used by Revolutionaries during the French Revolution as a symbol of liberty.

Bottom: Late 18th century drawing depicting revolutionaries wearing similar caps.

French Revolution attire. 


I will use the term “romantic friendship” to describe a close affectionate relationship between two men who were social equals. The term has been used extensively in scholarship focusing on the effusive writings of young male couples during the mid-nineteenth century, usually with the implied understanding that the relationship was not sexual (despite the steamy rhetoric of the surviving correspondence). I will use the term with the explicit contention that a romantic friendship might indeed have included a sexual component, since I have come to believe that eighteenth-century Americans did not draw borders around sexual behavior with quite the clarity and severity of their Victorian successors. A fluidity to male intimacy admitted a wide repertoire of physical expression, and those expressions ebbed and flowed with time and circumstance.

Romantic friendships usually arose between men of similar age and social class. The relationships were passionate but in most cases fleeting, not because the men were unable or unwilling to make a lasting commitment, but because they could not envision a future in which they could ever consider themselves to be a recognized couple. America included only one city that could begin to rival the size and social complexity of Berlin, Paris, or London. Only Philadelphia was large enough to provide men-loving men with the anonymity of numbers. In rural areas among the lower classes it might be possible for two men to live their lives together working the same farm or pursuing the same craft, but in more urban areas, especially among the socially prominent (whose stories are the ones most likely to be preserved in surviving documents), heterosexual marriage was the only acceptable goal. Men entered into romantic friendships with the understanding that one - and probably both - of the partners would eventually marry and establish a traditional family. Though many tried to maintain an emotional connection with their partner, the demands of their new roles as husband and father rarely allowed for continued intimacy. This arc from passionate devotion to wistful nostalgia is documented again and again whenever long runs of male-male letters have been preserved.


William Benemann, Male-Male Intimacy in Early America (via publius-esquire)


(via madtomedgar)


Well…made it through Thermidor! And that concludes Thermidor 2014. I wish I could write a poetic retrospective about it but…I’m exhausted hahaha! What I can say is this:

  • We made it!
  • We have so many creative people here on tumblr that made so many amazing posts, fan videos, fan art, gifs and more…and it was fantastic to see such an outpouring of inspiration! Honestly that was like…a really good part to Thermidor, really.
  • SJ why oh why just whyyyy ;.;

Anyway, ‘til next Thermidor!