But my rant is actually not quite about that stuff at all. It’s about history, and this notion that History Is Authentically Sexist. Yes, it is. Sure it is. We all know that. But what do you mean when you say “history?”
History is not a long series of centuries in which men did all the interesting/important things and women stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.
History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men. Writings were destroyed, contributions were downplayed, and women were actively oppressed against, absolutely.
tansyrr.com» Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That. / A great post from Tansy Rayner Roberts; read the whole thing, share it. (via gwendabond)
I was just talking about this over on The Mary Sue, but yeah, what we think of as “realistic” is actually just a biased and gender-skewed idea that shows only the things women were doing that are “acceptable” (and barely that) while ignoring and erasing everything else on the whole spectrum of what they actually were doing.
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A reminder that asexuality is not some “internet fad”, it’s a distinct sexual orientation that has been recorded in scientific literature since 1948. The internet just allows a geographically scattered group of people to find each other more easily.
STOP THERE ARE TOO MANY GOOD MEMES
King Christina of Sweden was one heckuva badass lady. She was sexually and philosophically liberated, sharp as a tack, and looked awesome on a horse. What else could you ask for? :D
[ A coloured black and white photo portrait of a World War Two female Soviet Russian sniper. She wears a a padded olive drab jacket and the stereotypical grey Russian fur hat with Communist star pin that you’d naturally expect to see her wearing. She’s carrying a bolt-action rifle with scope, and is smiling towards someone to the left of the viewer. ]
Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Soviet sniper during WWII. A student at the time, Pavlichenko was among the first to volunteer for the armed forced when the Soviet Union was invaded and declined the opportunity to serve as a nurse instead of a soldier so as to put her badass shooting talents to good use. She went on to record 309 kills, making her the most successful female sniper in history. After she was wounded in battle, Pavlichenko traveled to the United States where female reporters told her her uniform made her look fat, because they could not comprehend her magnitude of awesome. She went on to train other snipers to be as hardcore as her, and eventually became a historian.
[ A black and white photo of 4 women from the Second World War era Soviet bomber regiment known as the Night Witches. They wear flight overalls and leather flight caps with large goggles. Posed in front of a prop-driven fighter plane, they all appear to be laughing at some joke. ]
An old pictures of crewmembers of the red army’s 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment, the Night Witches. They got the nickname from the Germans, who were terrified of them.