The musings of a history buff with definite fangirl tendencies.
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.
I actually recommend the entire post, especially if you like history or fantasy or writing.
Native American city on the Mississippi was America’s first ‘melting pot’
New evidence establishes for the first time that Cahokia, a sprawling, pre-Columbian city situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, hosted a sizable population of immigrants.
Cahokia was an early experiment in urban life, said Thomas Emerson, who led the new analysis. Emerson is Illinois state archaeologist and the director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey at the University of Illinois.
Researchers have traditionally thought of Cahokia as a relatively homogeneous and stable population drawn from the immediate area, he said. “But increasingly archaeologists are realizing that Cahokia at AD 1100 was very likely an urban center with as many as 20,000 inhabitants,” he said. “Such early centers around the world grow by immigration, not by birthrate.” Read more.
Cosplay Progress: Elsa
OK! So all the things are happening! I finally got my skirt together. I ended up flat-lining the entire outer shell of silk metallic chiffon with a cotton backing by hand before assembling any of the pieces. I did this in order to prevent seeing the blue seam allowance of the lining through the single layers of chiffon. I found the skirt darkened to much to my liking without the light blue cotton backing.
After I completed my flat-lining, I assembled my skirt pieces and prepped for ombre process. I ended up going it twice because it didn’t take enough the first time. It came out slightly more cool than I would have liked but ombre is a bit of a gamble when you haven’t done it in four or five years.
All the warm light in my work area really changes the color. It natural light, the skirt color looks like the first picture.
All together it looks like this so far.
I have a lot still to do. I have the lining in the skirt, it need to be hemmed. I am in the process of painting my shoes. But I did receive a lovely picture from my wonderful friend that is fronting my wig! I’m so excited!
I’ve also started my cape! I have so much to do. Ah!
You are an impressive human.
The Film Experience: You went to Yale School of Drama which has famous alumni like Meryl Streep…
Lupita Nyong’o: We call her “The Streep” at Yale.
TFE: Oh do you?
LN: “The Streep.”
She also went to Vassar. We just call her Meryl. Everyone knows who you mean.