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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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Gender Bias in Science

Biology – slave of patriarchy?

Because of a fluke of evolution, most males must “mount” a female. This means the male is “on top of” the female.

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Interesting how a mere physical position, in what is often a few seconds long encounter, only one tiny activity in an animal’s life-time of activities, has come to be seen as justification for male dominance.

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Even more interesting is how Science, which prides itself on its neutrality, so often uses sexist, patriarchal language.

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Indeed, Science is too often the worst offender in the use of this word-play which maintains the sexual status quo.

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Word-play which perpetuates the missionary position which defines our culture – men on top.

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Gender Bias in Science

“Please, please, can we?”, is NOT dominance.

A science text talks about roosters using courting moves to coax hens into submission to copulation.

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Interesting how supposedly “neutral” science is so skewed towards seeing male dominance and female submission.

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Since he won’t be getting any without her cooperation, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say roosters use their courting moves to coax hens into providing permission for copulation?
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Women in the Arts

Man = Artist | Woman doing same thing = Dilettante

Men are composers.

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Women are singer-songwriters.

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Men are artistes – they are virtuosos and professionals.
Women doing the same thing are dilettantes – they have crafts and hobbies.
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Gender Bias in Science

The Irony of PMS

The level of the female hormone, estrogen, is lowest in a woman just before she menstruates.

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Isn’t that ironic? If PMS exists, it occurs when we have the least amount of female hormones in our bodies, when we are the least female.

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When we’re the most like males … hmmmmmm …