A cookie is not a contract.
( awoodenbird )
it’s the truth
History is not a long series of centuries in which men did all the interesting/important things and women stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.
History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men. Writings were destroyed, contributions were downplayed, and women were actively oppressed against, absolutely.
But the forgetting part is vitally important. Most historians and other writers of what we now consider “primary sources” simply didn’t think about women and their contribution to society. They took it for granted, except when that contribution or its lack directly affected men.
This does not in any way mean that the female contribution to society was in fact less interesting or important, or complicated, simply that history—the process of writing down and preserving of the facts, not the facts/events themselves—was looking the other way."
the orphan black fandom is probably the most peaceful fandom because everyone loves everyone and we are a big family and we protect each other
It’s because we’re all Tatiana Maslany.
Except I have people on my dash who get a tonne of hate for calling out Paul on his shittyness (even though they like Paul) so… no, not really.
The indifference of the legal system to women’s need for protection is partly a result of scepticism regarding the ‘worthiness’ of the victims. However, women themselves will also often prefer to not press charges against their husbands and bring ‘internal’ conflicts to court. This attitude should be viewed as a reflection of both the victim’s bondage to the economic basis of her life-support and of social indoctrination which transforms the beatings into a personal failure. Marital violence is thus seen by women as shameful – or as their own failure – all of which makes it embarrassing and degrading to seek help.
Family members’ disapproval of turning to external methods of social control, welfare agencies’ non-response and battered women’s lack of perception of themselves as a collectively abused group has veiled the magnitude of domestic violence. Moreover, men in power define and enforce definitions, therefore, in line with their interests, wife-battering has not been regarded as a social problem. … The privatisation of a social problem such as wife-abuse is not a single isolated phenomenon in the private sector. Rather women’s problems are generally viewed as personal difficulties appropriately solved through private reactions. … Both persons involved and outsiders neglect the social aspect of the crisis and therefore a public issue is defined as only a personal concern."