not quite as good as I'd like to be
I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
I decided early on that @ErikaMoen is a major celeb in my little slice of the Marvel Universe, where Superior Foes of Spider-Man takes place. (I should probably apologize to nickspencerly for this. I’m sure he’s fielding questions about it, even though it’s just something I’m sneaking in there without anyone else’s input.)
" My link to the Collective has been severed for nearly four years. If I die…"
THIS IS MARRIAGE!!
Permission to be a bad ass. Nod.
He looks back at the guy like, “SEE THAT? SHE SAID YES. YOU’RE SO FUCKED.”
Like, guys. Sparta was so kick ASS sometimes when it came to women. Spartan women were given these small knives so that if their husbands came home and tried to hit them or assault them, they had a weapon within reach. That weapon was for CUTTING THEIR HUSBANDS’ FUCKING FACES so that when he went out in public everyone would know he was an asshole, abusing jerkface and they would publicly shame him.
I DID NOT KNOW THAT THAT IS GREAT
LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT SPARTAN WOMEN FOR A SECOND.
In Sparta, women could own land and were considered citizens. THAT IS A HUGE BIG FUCKING DEAL. Why? Because that was RARE AS FUCK and there are lots of places TODAY where women don’t even get that much.
Divorce was totally fine, and a woman could expect to keep her own wealth and get custody of the kids because paternal lineage wasn’t very important. And it didn’t make her a pariah! She could totally remarry, no big deal at all.
Spartan women participated in some fuckin’ badass sporting events, too. And because they were expected to be as physically fit as the Spartan menfolk (who all had to serve compulsory military duties, btw, and couldn’t marry until they finished them at thirty) they didn’t have time for lots of swishy dresses. So they wore notoriously short skirts. According to some accounts, their thighs were visible at all times. HOLY SHIT.
Also, In Sparta men only got their names on their graves if they died in battle. And women? Women only got their names on their graves if they died in childbirth. THE SPARTANS COMPARED CHILDBIRTH TO FUCKING BATTLE AND IT WAS VIEWED AS A GODDAMN BADASS AND HONORABLE WAY TO GO OUT.
FUCKING SPARTAN WOMEN. THIS DUDE HAD FUCKIN’ BETTER MAKE SURE SHE’S COOL WITH WHATEVER HE’S DOING, IF HE KNOWS WHAT’S FUCKIN’ GOOD FOR HIM.
^^ I throughly enjoyed the history lesson dashed with the colorful adjectives.
Before we get TOO excited about Sparta let’s just remember that this only applied to Spartan citizens. Spartan society was entirely carried by an underclass of slaves called the Helots. The Helots enjoyed no legal rights and in fact had to pay taxes via crops that they cultivated.
There were many more Helots than Spartans, but they seldom revolted, probably because they had no real power. And given Spartan military might, they would have been slaughtered. And the few times they did revolt, yep, slaughtered.
It was legal to steal from them. Annually, during Crypteia (a Spartan manly man ritual of becoming a man), you could legally kill them, which many Spartan boys did to survive as they were cast from society during Crypteia. It was only illegal to be caught in the act of stealing or murder, and not because it was a crime to kill or steal, but because it was considered degrading to the Spartan man.
So while Sparta was great to some women, it was borne on the backs of countless others who had no rights.
In sum, this is exactly what intersectional feminists complain about as the whitewashing of history, and what Marxists complain about as ignoring historical class conflict.