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What Women Might Have Created

I have a fierce hunger for what women might have created …

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… for the art denied, the words never written, the science never done, the discoveries never made.

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… for the wonderful creations, forever lost, which would have delighted us, amazed us, and moved us forward.

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What the World has Lost

Think of what the world has lost … think of what all those women, minorities, and slaves might have accomplished had they been given a fair shot at education, opportunity, and options … the books not written, the cures not found, the inventions not created, the avenues not explored.

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They also lost their chance for a full life.

Is it fair that anyone, because of an accident of birth, should lose the chance for a full life?

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Is it right that those who stole this chance should then use their bully pulpit to decry the “inferior” or “negligible” accomplishments of their victims?

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Hello, My Name is ANONYMOUS

We will never know all that women did accomplish.

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For millennia, a woman could not claim credit for what she did – for her inventions, her art, her writing, her work.

She used a male pseudonym or let a male – husband, brother, father, son, friend – claim the credit.

Or, famously so, Anonymous was a woman.

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Even worse, we will never know what women didn’t accomplish because they were prohibited from trying or were too afraid or too repressed to try.

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Weep my Sisters, weep for the loss of your history, for the legacy stolen from you by your Brothers.

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Men Understand the Concepts

Men understand the concepts of advantage and disadvantage, of handicap and windfall …

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… the concepts of level playing field and inequality, of fair play and injustice …

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Except when it comes to how they treat women.

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Well, Duh!

Man 1: I tied him up and then punched him senseless. It was easy to beat him.

Man 2: Well, duh … no big accomplishment, you had the advantage!

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Man 1: My horse lost the race. It was handicapped with too much weight.

Man 2: Well, duh … no surprise there, it had a disadvantage!

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Man 1: In our family, girls were deprived of education and every opportunity, except to be a wife and mother. The family’s resources were for the boys. And, you know what, none of the women in our family ever accomplished as much as the men did.

Man 2: Well, duh … that’s women for you – just can’t compete with us guys!

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Women Shouldn’t Have to Pass as Men For Freedom

From Joan of Arc to George Elliott, from Madame du Chatelet to General James Barry, women have historically found freedom by passing as men.

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Women, have passed as males in even the most violent and masculine of environments: Women’s bodies, dressed as men, have often been found on battlefields. Women who manned pirate vessels have been hung from the yard-arm.

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The story of the plucky young woman who dons male attire and outfoxes, outmanoeuvres, outwits, and out-mans the men is a common literary motif.

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How many women chafed at the thought of being forced to give credit to their brothers, husbands, sons, or friends for work they were forbidden by the Patriarchy from claiming? How many of these women chose to hide their identity behind male accoutrements to accomplish ends denied to females?

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How many heroes /sailors / soldiers / priests / frontiersmen / pioneers / writers / inventors / philosophers / scientists were women in drag?

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Men have stolen their sisters’ legacies

Under the patriarchy, Men have stolen from their Sisters the legacies of history, of discovery, of authorship, of creation, and of invention.

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They impoverished us; their actions left us lesser mortals, constrained to a tiny world limited to the walls of our household.

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And, then they derided us for our poverty of experience and called us inferior.

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We Love Free Labor!

The Founding Fathers conveniently declared that blacks were inferior to whites and not deserving of equality, opportunity, or the vote.

Great economic decision that!

Free labour – the sweat, blood, and lives of unpaid black slaves made America wealthy.

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The same men declared their mothers, wives, and daughters to be similarly handicapped.

Brilliant economic decision that!

Yet more free labour.

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How long do we allow the dominant males in our society to dictate reality? To tell us what our capabilities are? What our options are? What our rights are?

How much longer do we allow these men to profit from our unpaid or inadequately paid labour?

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How Men Welcome Competition!

Competition? Men love to applaud and praise competition. But the threat of real competition scares them. So, historically, men eliminated at least one-half of the human race from the race.

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Man’s dirty little secret when it comes to competition resembles their economic attitudes: Talk about free trade while instituting subsidies, tariffs and quotas.

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Subsidies: Advantage a product by providing it with financial assistance not provided to others.
Tariffs: Disadvantage a product with a higher cost structure.
Quotas: Restrict product entry.
Subsidies: Boys get the lion’s share of a society’s resources; girls get left out.

Tariffs: Girls do the housework and then they can do paid work.
Quotas: No girls allowed.

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History: Just-Not-So Stories

Until the lion has a historian of its own, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
African proverb

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The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
Mark Twain

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History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other.
Arthur Balfour

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The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
Hitler

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God cannot change the past, but historians can.
Samuel Butler

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History:
The art of recording things which were not so in the service of those in power.
Just-Not-So Stories.