When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’Sandi Toksvig (via natatouille, learninglog) (via whittletheworld) (via nadimnaaman) (via iwasbornhuman) (via mattheal) (via aviculae) (via thelingerieaddict) (via mordantmistress) (via slothqueenthings) (via tawny) (via drpepper10)
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
A neat glimpse of some old-school, black, trans* or drag performers in Austin, TX, October 7th, 1955.
Possibly taken at Ira Littlefield’s club, the I.L Club (“the ill club”) on East 11th St.
Photos by Neal Douglass. Source here.
That last picture… wow.
Or when you openly express doubt of victims, when you declare the problems of a marginalized group to not be real problems, when you dismiss or belittle them, when you hand-wave and pretend like victims of discrimination or assault or harassment are exaggerating, when you behave as though you believe people’s problems are some kind of a mass hallucination because you’ve never experienced them personally… at least one woman (or any person, possibly) you know and love has silently decided she cannot trust you.Well stated