"People sometimes say that we will know feminism has done its job when half the CEOs are women. That’s not feminism; to quote Catharine MacKinnon, it’s liberalism applied to women. Feminism will have won not when a few women get an equal piece of the oppression pie, served up in our sister’s sweat, but when all dominating hierarchies - including economic ones - are dismantled."
'The First Sex' by Elizabeth Gould Davis is a wild read. Part fact, part fantasy, it is nevertheless a compelling read in gynocentrism. She argues that before the Bronze Age many societies were peaceful matriarchies where the eating of animals was prohibited in favour of roots, berries, acorns, grain, and fruits, and in this period men had weaker physiques than women. She theorises that once animal meat was introduced into the human diet, men developed larger physiques and a patriarchal revolution ensued.
One of my favourite movements in history. The temperance movement was made up of mostly women who supported the moderation or total prohibition of intoxicating beverages. In short, temperance women were fed up with their husbands spending the money to feed their children on alcohol, and coming home drunk from the saloon to brutalise them. Temperance paved the way for the suffrage movement by allowing women to leave the domestic sphere and become influential political actors. The movement is largely ignored by feminist historians who prefer to recognise their political forebears in abolition rather than prohibition. Often dismissed as simply a moral crusade waged by bible-thumping prudes, the movement was underpinned by a genuine concern for women’s safety.
I must listen to at least 30 hours of political podcasts per week, and here’s a good one I heard this morning on the way to work. Historian Max Dashu discusses how patriarchal academic institutions have traditionally suppressed or misrepresented women’s history and trivialised significant and influential female leaders of the past.
Today is Jon’s birthday and I’m feeling more sentimental than usual. I guess because the last two years with this man have been completely different to all the years that came before. He is my true equal and has filled in all the emotional blank spaces I had in my life. Such a stunning person.