An incredible article about the myths of women’s role in history, our biases from patriarchal education and media, and how not addressing those biases creates a feedback loop in fiction that perpetuates sexism.
A must read!
We forget what the story’s about. We erase women in our stories who, in our own lives, are powerful, forthright, intelligent, terrifying people. Women stab and maim and kill and lead and manage and own and run. We know that. We experience it every day. We see it.
[T]he trouble is, it’s often hard to sort out what we actually experienced from what we’re told we experienced, or what we should have experienced. We’re social creatures, and fallible.
my grams offered to take me to the mall tomorrow.
i dont know how to mall.
The portrait of Tikhon Nikolaevich Kulikovsky, done by his own mother the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia. He was born in 1917, the nephew of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. He was only a year old when his two uncles, aunt, cousins, and another relatives were assassinated by the Bolsheviks. His blood and DNA was used to help identify the remains of Nicholas II. Tikhon died in 1993 in Toronto, Canada.
19th Century Chinese Kingfisher Feather & Coral Earrings, 14K Wires, (sold)
These are as found, but were likely adapted into earrings from something else— probably a hair ornament. They work well as earrings though, and the color and sheen of the feathers is still incredibly vibrant.
Advertising print for Manufacture Royal corsets by Henri Privat-Livemont, 1897
Qin Liangyu (1574-1646)
Art by Sertan Saral (tumblr)
From an early age, Liangy learned martial arts, horseback riding, and archery. At the age of 20, she married a local Sichuan commander named Ma Qiancheng. Together they maintained the peace in an area rife with warlords and insurrections.
Qiancheng died in 1613 and Liangyu took over his position. In 1620, the Nvzhen ethnic minority declared independence from the Ming Dynasty. Liangy led an army to defeat them, selling her own belonging to fund the campaign. Ten years later the Manchu threatened Beijing. Liangy once again led an army supported by her own funds and defeated the insurgents. The Chongzhen Emperor commemorated her victory with commissioned poetry.
The Ming Dynasty fell in 1644. Amid the turmoil, Liangy’s lands remained relative calm and agriculturally productive. She is believed to have helped 100,000 refugees find homes in Shizhu.
An active leader until her death at age 75, Liangy was named Grand Protector of the Crowned Prince by the Southern Ming Emperor She remains one of the highest ranking female warriors in Chinese history.
Qin Liangyu is not the real Mulan. Mulan is fictional character who predates Liangyu by several hundred years.