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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?