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vogue-hesa month agoText

Wtf 99+ notifications, didn’t expect that honestly..

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Harry Styles聽Is the聽Rock Star聽We Need, and the Pop Star We Deserve鈥 GQ, 2019.

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vogue-hes3 months agoText

I wish I could mute pictures on twt lmao, my TL is such a mess there.

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Domenico Tintoretto, Penitent Magdalene, 1598 // Harry Styles, 2015

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anitheas:

harry as the birth of venus

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goldengoldengoldengolden:

Want to understand how the ancient Greeks imagined Dionysus? Look no further than Harry Styles.

Yes, that鈥檚 a real sentence you just read, and I鈥檓 sticking with it.

Look, I promise I鈥檓 not a 鈥榙irectioner鈥 (any more!!), or whatever Harry Styles fans are known as (Stylists?? Harry poppers?? Harry-ettes?), this is an actual real academic theory that鈥檚 been slowly growing on me throughout my thesis research. You know what, I don鈥檛 think I can actually defend this without explaining, so this is it for an intro, I鈥橫 DIVING IN.

Okay so firstly lets get the basics laid out. Who was Dionysus? Dionysus is a Greek god that emerges onto the divine scene a bit later than the classic Zeus, but he鈥檚 definitely being worshipped around 1000 BCE, and probably earlier. Known as the god of wine, fertility, fruit, ecstasy and theatre, he鈥檚 basically just a pretty cool dude to have around. But the way the Greeks imagined Dionysus was pretty different to all their other gods 鈥 he was known as a 鈥榝oreign鈥 deity, so the same rules didn鈥檛 apply to him as his divine mates. In fact, Dionysus didn鈥檛 even look like a lot of them 鈥 far from the bearded burly figures of Zeus and Poseidon, he was depicted as an androgynous, beautiful young man (you seeing the Harry Styles reference yet?).

Because of this, sometimes people find it hard to reconcile the idea of this, at times overtly effeminate, god, whose female followers and unusual mythology don鈥檛 seem to match up with more 鈥榯ypical鈥 divine figures. Hence my argument 鈥 if you want to understand Dionysus, just look at Harry Styles.


And here we goooo ! So one of our main sources for written deets about Dionysus is a play called the Bacchae (a word for the followers of Dionysus), which was written by a guy called Euripides. Now when we first meet Dionysus in the Bacchae, he鈥檚 just described as 鈥楾he Stranger鈥 (mysterious I know), but one thing that everyone immediately comments on is wow! This guy looks feminine? That鈥檚 actually not an uncommon response to Dionysus, in fact, pretty much everyone says it. A guy called Aeschylus (another playwright) calls Dionysus 鈥渆ffeminate鈥, specifically talking about the fact that he鈥檚 wearing a woman鈥檚 dress. You see, in his day to day life, Dionysus didn鈥檛 seem to care about what gender different clothing was intended for 鈥 he even decked himself out in what鈥檚 called a mitra 鈥 a type of headdress that young women ready for marriage normally wore. Sound familiar? It鈥檚 pretty well known that Harry Styles enjoys doing exactly that, throwing out the archaic rules of gendered clothing, and just wearing beautiful things that he thinks looks neat (and trust me, he’s right). In fact, Harry was actually chatting to a journalist called Tom Lamont when he explained this further, saying that:

鈥淚f I see a nice shirt and get told, 鈥楤ut it鈥檚 for ladies.鈥 I think: 鈥極kaaaay?鈥 Doesn鈥檛 make me want to wear it less though.鈥

An icon? Undoubtedly. In fact, since the 1D split that caused the world鈥檚 teens unspeakable pain (look it was a rosier time okay?), Harry has increasingly stepped out in what could be described as effeminate clothing - whether it鈥檚 a sheer blouse, a flower print suit, or even a dress. Harry seems intent on destroying the old-fashioned gendered rules around clothing, allowing him to fully embrace and display his femininity, which easily coexists with and compliments his male identity.


But Dionysus鈥 relationship with gender goes far beyond just what he wears. Like most of the Greek gods, the mythology about Dionysus tells us that he was bisexual. But what makes Dionysus stand out is how he went about all his sexy fun times with good looking Greek men. You see, there was this big old tradition in ancient Greece, where a man could have sex with another man, but still not be considered gay, as long as he was the top. Kind of like an extreme no-homo, or the old, it鈥檚 not gay if there鈥檚 no eye contact trope. But Dionysus didn鈥檛 give a heck about these weird sexuality rules. In fact, in one of my fave myths ever, which I will definitely cover in another post, Dionysus honours a promise to have sex with this dude by sitting on his grave, carving a dick out of wood, and then using it鈥. well you can imagine how. Let’s just say this is the only example of Dionysus having a real stick up his ass. The fact that Dionysus basically bottomed for this guy though is pretty much unheard of at the time, but it just goes to show how little he cared about traditional male gender and sexuality norms. Dionysus wasn鈥檛 one for labels, or for binaries, and that鈥檚 something that is constantly brought up in pretty much every story about him. You know who else doesn鈥檛 like labels, and putting people into boxes?? Harry Styles. People often speculate about Harry鈥檚 sexuality, but as he鈥檚 said multiple times, he doesn鈥檛 see the need for a label. According to Harry, it doesn鈥檛 matter 鈥 or to quote him literally:

鈥淚t鈥檚: who cares? Does that make sense? It鈥檚 just: who cares?鈥.

In fact, Harry seems pretty content just to sit back and let rumour pass him by 鈥 what鈥檚 the point of labelling himself, we鈥檙e all just humans having human experiences. Seems pretty Dionysian to me.

Now let’s get to my favourite aspect of the Harry/Dionysus parallels. Looking at Harry鈥檚 latest music video, Watermelon Sugar, it seems like it could be a literal modern-day Bacchanalia, or worship of Dionysus. Styles emerges wearing jewellery and painted nails, suggestively stroking the fruit in front of him as he serenades the camera. Soon beautiful women enter the scene, their faces contorted in ecstasy as he sings. Suddenly they鈥檙e on the floor, in a beautiful mess of bodies and touch that鈥檚 straight out of Euripides鈥 Bacchae, an orgy of women imagined by the character Pentheus. The, predominantly female, crowd indulges in watermelon, red juice spilling from their mouths like the ritual omophagia, or consuming of raw flesh, that Dionysus鈥 female worshippers supposedly carried out in his honour. The video is an unapologetic celebration of beauty and sexuality, and is even dedicated 鈥榯o touching鈥 (although whether that has more to do with Corona virus than Dionysus is arguable!). It鈥檚 a shoot that appears full of sexual energy, passion, music, decadence, and dance, exactly how I envisage the female led celebrations of Dionysus.

Behind the camera, the actresses have talked about how respectful Harry was, always asking consent before any of the scenes, and making sure the women were comfortable 鈥 something that we also witness in Dionysus (I know, unheard of for a Greek god!). But seriously, scholars have actually written articles about the supposed 鈥榓sexuality鈥 of Dionysus, which basically stems from the fact that despite being around drunk women the whole time, he never took advantage of them. Now, we鈥檇 call that just not being a predator, but in terms of ancient Greek gods? It鈥檚 unheard of!!

Look, I understand this whole thing sounds like a shitpost, and maybe it partly is (fuck knows Classics needs to start taking itself less seriously!!), but also I do genuinely believe this. The Harry Styles is a Modern Dionysus hill is a strange one, but it鈥檚 also the one I鈥檝e decided to die on. The ancient Greeks imagined a god of music and drama (I haven鈥檛 seen Harry in Dunkirk, but I鈥檓 guessing he did a fab job), who loved breaking binaries, and celebrating life - a god of fluidity, sexuality, music, drama, fruit, and passion. If anyone sums that up for me, it鈥檚 Harry Styles. Just like the ancient Greeks celebrated Dionysus and the gender and sexuality subversion he allowed, so we should celebrate Harry Styles for his refusal to abide my traditional gender norms. By embracing his femininity, he expresses a new way to be a man in the 21st century, a mix of the feminine and the masculine, androgynous and beautiful. Look I鈥檓 not saying Harry Styles is definitely Dionysus reborn, I鈥檓 just saying if it turns out the Greek gods were alive this whole time, I wouldn鈥檛 be surprised if Harry was Dionysus. Alright, maybe just a little.

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vogue-hes4 months agoText

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idk if anyones mentioned this yet but it haunts me everyday that harry told a girl at a meet & greet to tell zayn hes a friday and then zayn went and got a friday tattoo and posted a pic of it with harry rubbing his fingers over it

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