We know history is sexist simply because of the sexism embedded in the English language.
But it's so much more than that.
The way history is narrated is inherently sexist.
Twitter user @JuliusGoat sought to highlight that by pointing out the ways that the patriarchy has been oppressing women for hundreds of years.
Starting with the dialogue surrounding the Democratic candidates in the upcoming 2020 race.
Try to imagine men’s reactions, if it was known for a fact the next 45 presidents would be women, and after those 2… https://t.co/8M7RF5f1GD— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556073077.0
Next, we moved to the different branches of US Government.
Try to imagine men’s reactions, were it known that of the next 113 SCOTUS justices, only 4 would be men, and none o… https://t.co/9YqNAKynp7— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556073621.0
And then women's civilian history as men's future.
Try to imagine men’s reactions if we weren’t allowed to vote from now until 2170. And if even in 2270 women were p… https://t.co/P9HX6M0Xd8— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556073876.0
What if it were known men wouldn’t be allowed into colleges for the next 100 yrs b/c women claimed it would make us… https://t.co/QwJquazMDR— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556074450.0
What if we men knew there wouldn’t be a male candidate for the presidency for 240 years, and even then he’d lose to… https://t.co/cP1cXRKp9K— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556075162.0
What if men needed a wife to own property for the next century or so. Or to open a bank account? And divorce is i… https://t.co/SVZoISi6jE— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556076131.0
Acknowledging these hypotheticals, he moves ahead to say that it's important to the discussion to understand what sort of reaction the country would have to the things women have already endured.
I know, these are crazy hypotheticals. Insane. It would never happen. It would be insane to treat a gender that wa… https://t.co/WwqRbUcuq7— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556076336.0
"Hey gurl was your daddy a thief? Because the patriarchy stole equal standing and consideration under the law from… https://t.co/7iQHHLoBVr— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556104367.0
And it works across the board for more minority populations.
A key point. You can play this exercise for many different types of people People of color. Women of color. Gay peo… https://t.co/eKnKmU4p2y— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat)) 1556107834.0
And you know what?
Women are done.
@JuliusGoat My patience is gone.— Carol Swanson (@Carol Swanson) 1556073156.0
@JuliusGoat https://t.co/W0pftfgBX2— lollie 🍭 (@lollie 🍭) 1556138999.0
@JuliusGoat Truth. We’re simmering.— SpringPeeper (@SpringPeeper) 1556075819.0
@JuliusGoat Hats off to you, sir. Spot on. Brilliant.— Mike Elliott (@Mike Elliott) 1556076836.0
@JuliusGoat @ElsemiekMarijke This thread just made me sad. No only are we patient, we sometimes seem to forget the… https://t.co/GI3HuBHTcI— Anna-Eva (@Anna-Eva) 1556169693.0
It turns out that this theory isn't something new, after all.
@JuliusGoat Robert Heinlein once seriously suggested this. (From *Expanded Universe*, 1980) https://t.co/7tmz6sD3Lw— Derek Jamaaladeen Denton (@Derek Jamaaladeen Denton) 1556076116.0
@JuliusGoat https://t.co/QDQPJuSmhE— Rachel E (@Rachel E) 1556076937.0
@JuliusGoat Just here to say it's not patience. It's programming.— AnnieWhoCanFly (@AnnieWhoCanFly) 1556117250.0
@JuliusGoat I can’t help but agree with RBG on this subject (despite her comment being about Supreme Court justices it seems appropriate).— richfletcher (@richfletcher) 1556633840.0
@JuliusGoat And we've had it with your "density". https://t.co/YcKYRgjum8— Sandy B (@Sandy B) 1556073407.0
In "Western culture" (Eurocentric) and Eastern culture women have faced systematic oppression since Ancient Greece, where they were unable to vote, own land or inherit anything. When European explorers came to the Americas, they forced patriarchy onto cultures that were often matrilineal, matriarchal or equality based.
Thousands and thousands of years of oppression have drained women of their patience.
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