I saw the photo, immediately knew what I was looking at, and teared up.
Re-identification of Viking corpses has revealed that half of their warriors were female.
"Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.”
Women have always fought. We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it.
"We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it."
I don’t really understand how that is a question up for discussion on television news. I mean, even putting aside the gajillion ways that white people are privileged by, for instance, being able to think that whiteness is “normal,” studying world history from Eurocentric perspectives, and etc etc:
- Marijuana use is similar among black and white populations in the U.S., but young African Americans are more than THREE TIMES more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession or use than white Americans.
- Even after accounting for reasons like education disparity, geographical distribution, and occupation, there is a persistent wage gap: White people make are paid more than African Americans due to racial discrimination.
White privilege is a fact of every facet of American life. I realize I’m mostly preaching to the choir here, but this is not a political issue or a subject for debate. It is well-documented and irrefutable.
Tonight, I got to eat pieces of six different amazing homemade pizzas and then waddle home.Second photo, clockwise from 12 o’clock: Indian taco tofu pizza (curry sauce, paneer, red quinoa, mango kiwi salsa, guacamole); eggplant “cutlets”, peppers, and onions; penne alla vodka pizza; pepperoni, mushroom and peppers with fresh mozzarella; pineapple, red peppers and jalapeños with garlic butter cream sauce; stuffed pizza with white sauce, ricotta, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes.
It was a good day.
Definitely a tough week at work. But nothing a little retail therapy at my neighborhood independent book store/coffee shop couldn’t cure. Also, I ate about a dozen cubes of cheese today as part of the constant parade of free food at my job (I don’t make breakfast or lunch anymore because I get 70% of them for free #blessed) and cheese pretty much always improves my day/mood/life.
Corina, I am SPECIFICALLY posting this for you.
(Also a little bit for the Sciascias.)
"You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it." - RIP Robin Williams, July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014
My friends are fucking awesome.