Why is there still snow in your minivan? If you’re picking up your kids or leaving work, it’s the second time, at least, you’ve been out today. Clean off your ducking car already.
It’s really amusing to type the name of my school system into twitter when it snows and see allll the kids tweeting to/about the county, demanding a snow day decision. My favorite “(County) better call a snow day by 9pm because that’s my bed time.”
been opposed to those of men. Women’s interests have been opposed by them, too: men have not willingly extended to women the rights and freedoms they have claimed for themselves. As a result, historical advances have tended to be “men only” affairs. When history concentrates
solely on one half of the human race, any alternative truth or
reality is lost. Men dominate history because they write it, and their accounts of active, brave, clever or aggressive females constantly tend to sentimentalize, to mythologize or to pull women back to some perceived “norm.” As a result, much of the so-called historical record is simply untrue. For example, Joan of Arc was burned not for heresy but for wearing men’s clothes, as were other women right up to the
eighteenth century. Florence Nightingale was never called “the Lady with the Lamp,” but “the Lady with the Hammer,” an image deftly readjusted by the war reporter of the Times since it was far too coarse for the folks back home. Far from gliding about the hospital with her lamp aloft, Nightingale earned her nickname through a ferocious attack on a locked storeroom when a military commander refused to
give her the medical supplies she needed.
We also need women’s history because so much of women’s participation is frankly denied in the ceaseless effort to assert men’s “natural” superiority at all costs. Who knows now that the owner of the Round Table was not Arthur but Guenevere, or that generations of battling queens in India and Arabia helped to make their countries what they are today? And these distortions did not only occur in our
misty, distant past. Who ever hears of the all-female crack combat battalions in this century’s two World Wars, or knows what part women played in the discovery of quasars and DNA? What of the women’s space flight program in NASA’s glory days of moon landings, an initiative suddenly and ingloriously shut down without explanation, although the women’s results were at least as good as the men’s?
Reminders of women’s centrality to the human race are also crucial; they combat the persistent sense that discrimination against women is still somehow okay. In January 2000, Time magazine hailed Gandhi and Winston Churchill as two of the three “Persons of the Century” for their wisdom, leadership and all-around worth. The accounts of the two “great” men freely acknowledged that Gandhi had habitually abused women and that Churchill was a ferocious, lifelong
antifeminist, without any sense that this diminished their greatness at all. Substitute “blacks” for “women” and “racist” for “antifeminist,” and it is clear that both men would be candidates for disgrace, not for election to the pantheon of the great.”
Both Churchill and Ghandi were raging racists, especially against black people, and they are still hailed.(via robberbutton)