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His-Story as Bunk

If The Tables Were Reversed

Imagine if the tables had been reversed, if for millennia boys had been told from birth:
◦ How useless, unwanted, and inferior they were.
◦ That they were restricted to the house.
◦ That their only legitimate future was marriage, childcare, and house-work.

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◦ That fewer resources would be devoted to them than to their sisters.
◦ That they were not entitled to an education, a trade, or a job.
◦ That they could not do art, music, writing, philosophy, science, or research; that they were not allowed to publish or to patent their work.

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Privileged women could then hypocritically berate their disadvantaged brothers by taunting, “Where are your famous men? Where are all your great scientists, mathematicians, inventors, philosophers, writers, composers, and artists?”

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His-Story as Bunk

History: Unkind to women because men write it.

History: An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
Ambrose Bierce

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The history of the world is the history of the privileged few.
Henry Miller

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A history free of Society’s biases, prejudices, and values does not exist. History has been unkind to women because men write it.
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His-Story as Bunk

One Wonders How Any Women Made It Into His-story

History is written by the winners.

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Women have long been legislated, regulated, and mandated into the loser’s position.

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One should not ask why few women made it into “his – story”.
One should wonder how any made it all.
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His-Story as Bunk

History Is Bunk


History is the version of events people have decided to agree on.
Napoleon

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A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Lenin

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History is more or less bunk.
Henry Ford

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History is written by the winners.
Alex Haley

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Since nominally straight white males have been the primary winners, they are the only important force regularly reported on in History.

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As a result, in the bunk these nominally straight white males have agreed on, everyone else is erased, written-out, ignored, belittled, demonized, or glossed-over.

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His-Story as Bunk

Women make history; they do not make his-story

The Patriarchy has long tried to deny Woman a place in what Man calls “history”.

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For millennia, she was told she was confined to the house, deprived of an education and of the right to work; forbidden to participate in government, the economy, the military, the arts, the sciences, philosophy, or academia; not allowed to publish work under her own name, or to patent what she created.

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Any woman who bridled at these restrictions met with huge familial and social resistance. She could expect to be ostracised, threatened, imprisoned, beaten, or killed into her accepted place.

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Oh yes, the Patriarchy tried hard to prevent women from making history.

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And when so many of them did so, against overwhelming odds, their amazing contributions were reviled, deemed irrelevant, glossed-over, ignored, buried, minimized, confined to a footnote, denied, erased, or attributed to a man.

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Of course, women made history – read the hundreds of thousands of their amazing stories on Wikipedia!

What they didn’t make is his-story.

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His-Story as Bunk

The Lady-parts Handicap

Occasionally a boy is born with female genitalia.

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Imagine if Shakespeare, Mozart, or Galileo had been born with a vagina instead of a penis. Trapped in a female body, what opportunity would have been given to their genius?

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Absolutely none! As females, their genius would have been ignored, belittled, and suppressed. They’d have been denied an education and the right to use their abilities. They’d have been taught to keep house and been told that anything else was both beyond and forbidden to them.

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Combining Family & Career

A Woman with Demons…

“Life demands a huge price from a woman – almost her entire existence – in the form of everyday life.

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Even in my present mode of life, I have to spend a much greater time and energy than a man for the sake of everyday life.

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Not in an abstract manner as is the case with a man, but in a really concrete, urgent manner to provide daily food and clothes for the household.”
Kamiya Mieko (Japanese psychiatrist)

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Combining Family & Career

Climbing the Ladder, Carrying Her Family

Men have wives at home to do the housework, to prepare the food, and care for the children. This allows them to climb the ladder of success unencumbered.

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A woman, unless she chooses to be childless, or is wealthy, climbs that same ladder with a huge burden on her back.

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Isn’t it time for men to come out of the cosset?
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The Invisible Woman

In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM

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Around the world, on the front-line of the battle against COVID-19, are doctors, nurses, EMTs, technicians, cleaners, porters, administrators, volunteers, and other health care workers, daily risking infection and death to provide others with selfless care.
They are overwhelmingly female and disproportionately Black, Asian, and other minorities. Their hours are long; their pay, benefits, and job security too often inadequate; while the efforts taken for their health and safety have commonly been insufficient.

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All of them are putting their lives at risk for others – for you and for me – because that is what they do. Estimates are that they represent more than 7% of documented COVID cases. And they are dying every day – with that death toll rising rapidly. No one knows for sure how many of these heroes we have lost: They are the “unsung” – there is often no tally of their death and their names are usually not recorded for posterity.

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Their sacrifice must not be forgotten … and it must not be in vain!
Mourn their loss, but most importantly, in loving honor of their memory, commit to fighting for all workers to get the protections they need for their safety and health, for real jobs with security and benefits, for a living-wage, and for equality.

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Combining Family & Career

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