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.
My moss terrarium that I made with my Grandmother’s old tea kettle that she gave to me. In the terrarium are mosses, grasses, rocks, and clovers. One clover decided to sprout through the spout :)
"If I can but feel that you are with me on this, the most important and trying task of my life, I pledge with all my heart I shall try to make Scarlett O’hara live as you described her in your brilliant book." -Vivien Leigh’s telegram to Margaret Mitchell, January 1939.
(Source: fyeahscarlettohara, via magicalgrandma)
And I can’t imagine it’s been fun watching the man you love marginalized, under appreciated, and disrespected by the NYPD.
-every time Peralta realizes his enormous privilege, instead of whining he just tries to make life easier for everyone else
-the RETURN OF THE PORTRAIT THAT THE CAPTAIN SAID HIS HUSBAND WOULD LOVE AND LOOK HE DOES LOVE IT HE IS DISPLAYING IT ON A STAND IN HIS OFFICE
-the idea that the Classics Dept at Columbia University has offices the size of boardrooms
-this guy being so defensive about his husband and wishing to shelter his beautiful heart against all the assholes in the world
(Source: bffewylion, via khaleesi)
When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills started using flowered fabric for their sacks. The label was designed to wash out.
1939 Kansas Wheat…
holy fuck that’s the cutest marketing scheme i’ve ever heard of
'buy our flour it's going to make the nicest bread and the sweetest dress!’
yes thank you ok sold
Dying. Death. I can’t.
I will never not reblog this.
(Source: 4gifs, via clementineford)
Australian Children’s Classics series.