from a post by Reclusive Leftist on women’s erasure in history.
her comments relate specifically to an article by the NYT thanking “the men” who invented modern technology, but pick absolutely any academic field of study, and women’s contributions are minimized, if not outright ignored.
literature has been a huge part of my life for a long time, and i grew up reading the classics—which, of course, are typically books written by white men, depicting their experiences. i was taught that the first “modern novel” was Don Quixote, written in the early 1600s by a guy (Cervantes). i don’t think i know of a word to accurately describe my mixture of outrage, shock, and pride, when i discovered later that actually, the first modern novel was written 600 years earlier—by a woman! (it’s The Tale of Genji, written by a Japanese lady-in-waiting who was known as Murasaki Shikibu.)
this might not seem important, but if you’re a woman you know just how vital this knowledge is. even now, when women are being told that we can do anything we set our minds to, the historical, literary, and scientific figures we learn about are all men. it’s a much more insidious way to discourage women from aiming high—because what’s the point in putting in so much hard work if it’s not even going to be remembered after you’re dead?
A guy I once considered to be a friend (but no longer do, for hundreds of valid reasons, including the one I am about to give), once said to me: “HAH yeah, but what major inventions/discoveries have women EVER made, tell me ONE example of a woman who has made a REAL contribution to science?” I gave Marie Curie as an example. He went quiet and seemed genuinely baffled that I’d managed to come up with anything, after his arrogant ranting only seconds earlier. “Right, yeah, ONE”, he conceded. I was totally dismayed.
[Trigger Warning: Rape, Murder, Rape Culture, Extreme Misogyny]
A man has killed his pregnant teenage sister in south Lebanon in what was seen as an honor crime - the murder of a woman accused of shaming her family.
Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said Friday that the body of Baghdad Khaled al-Issa, 18, was found with stab wounds in her head and sides in the area of al-Wazzani.
Investigators discovered that her brother Jihad, 21, had killed her in what is described as an honor crime, VDL said.
It added that the victim was seven months pregnant.
Later on Friday, LBCI television reported that the investigation with Jihad revealed that he had raped his sister, which lead to her pregnancy.
“He confessed to raping his sister,” LBCI said, adding that Jihad claimed he was drunk when the incident happened.
The television channel added that he had only recently found out about the pregnancy and asked his sister to undergo an abortion, but she refused.
Every year thousands of women are killed for notions of family honor worldwide, mainly in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
In 2011, the Lebanese parliament approved a draft-law to cancel article 562 of the penal code that calls for limited punishments for honor killings.
Destroy all patriarchy NOW!
Next time somebody even TRIES to complain about misandry and how it’s “just as bad as misogyny”, just try me.
i find it funny that when a woman speaks out against sexism, men’s tactics include
- “you still haven’t explained how it’s sexist”
- “it’s just a joke”
- objectifying her
- calling her ugly
- calling her stupid
- calling her the problem
that’s a lot of effort to expend just because you feel like laughing at someone calling a woman a slut.
I need masculism because the same society that pushes women into lower paying career fields and expects them to take time off to raise children means women are lazy.
omfg i’m crying at the latest episode of Got because daenerys is listening to this guy and she’s so tired of his bullshit and she looks directly at the camera like she’s in an Office episode
So it looks like I’m going to Bulgaria for a week with one of my best friends from the 2nd to the 9th of June!
Life is good after all! I was starting to forget.
She texted me asking if I fancied a free trip to Bulgaria; she and her husband had booked it ages ago but now he’s having issues renewing his passport and so she’s asked me to come along! All she asks is that I pay the fee to transfer the tickets to my name (£80) and obviously bring my own spending money and the rest is all-unclusive!
I can’t believe how lucky I am!
So yeah, this is where I am going ^ There’s a nature reserve nearby called the Baltata nature reserve which isn’t far from the resort we’re staying at. I’m so excited! I’ve been feeling really odd since my last exam but now I’m feeling excited and happy for the first time in ages! Bulgaria, wooooo!
“The frightened child who sheltered in my mance died on the Dothraki Sea, and was reborn in blood and fire. This dragon queen who wears her name is a true Targaryen.” – Illyrio Mopatis