Barbara Winslow, Feminist Movements: Gender and Sexual Equality
The next time someone tells me that you can’t have feminism in historical settings I’m going to print out 1,000 copies of this post, bind the paper, and throw it at them.
“My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I want to drive the enemy away to save our people.” HOLY SHIT.
The most impressive naval career of all the female sailors is that of William Brown, a black woman who spent at least twelve years on British warships, much of this time in the extremely demanding role of captain of the foretop. A good description of her appeared in London’s Annual Register in September 1815: “She is a smart, well-formed figure, about five feet four inches in height, possessed of considerable strength and great activity; her features are rather handsome for a black, and she appears to be about twenty-six years of age.” The article also noted that “in her manner she exhibits all the traits of a British tar and takes her grog with her late messmates with the greatest gaiety.”
Brown was a married woman and had joined the navy around 1804 following a quarrel with her husband. For several years she served on the Queen Charlotte, a three-decker with 104 guns and one of the largest ships in the Royal Navy. Brown must have had nerve, strength, and unusual ability to have been made captain of the foretop on such a ship….The captain of the foretop had to lead a team of seamen up the shrouds of the foremast, and then up the shrouds of the fore-topmast and out along the yards a hundred feet or more above the deck….
At some point in 1815, it was discovered that Brown was a woman and her story was published in the papers, but this does not seem to have affected her naval career….What is certain is that Brown returned to the Queen Charlotte and rejoined the crew."
do people realize if they included poc in frozen, they would most likely have to be slaves
it’s the same issue with brave, it’s not historically accurate sorry
yes, but this argument isn’t a very good one, because last i checked there weren’t talking bears or snowmen in history either….
i’m gonna assume that op thinks “poc” automatically equals “black people”
and even ignoring that fault in logic they seem to think every black person that existed before the 20th century was a slave and that’s sad on so many levels
I STUDY ANCIENT SCANDINAVIA AS A HOBBY PLS READ THIS POST
- slavery was abolished in Scandinava in the viking age
- There are Asian y-dna haplogroups carried by a minority of ethnic Swedes that indicate that Asian people with y-chromosomes settled in the region in the migration period and were prolific enough for unbroken y-chromosomal lineages from them to survive to this day
- there was a fucking jade buddha found in a migration period site in Scandinavia
- also there are grave sites in eastern Viking Age Sweden showing women (or transfeminine people potentially because there are indeed cases of male skeletons from the viking age buried with feminine grave goods and i think also vice versa) wearing necklaces of green beads which are apparently a fashion adopted from asian people
- also there are the native Saami population of northern Sweden who have lived there since before Scandinavians settled there and on which the clothes of the dude Sven are clearly based
- in viking age treasure stashes you will see a LOT of obviously Arabic silver coins (it has arabic writing on it) indicating active trade with the Middle East
- Ibn Fadlan, a muslim Arab, wrote about Rus traders visiting in Constantinople, he actually spend some time living with Scandinavians settled in continental Europe as Rus and wrote a book about it and it’s an important literary source on the viking age
- They were not recently Scandinavian but ultimately originate from there, but the Vandals actually invaded North Africa and established a kingdom there in the late 5th century, and there is no reason why the native Amazigh peoples and the Vandals could not have interacted in practice even if the Vandal rulers ideologically isolated themselves as an elite. The kingdom was later destroyed by Amazigh and invading Arabs and the Vandals themselves sort of dispersed.
- I know less about this but there have been massive waves of Jewish (obviously ultimately from the middle east) and Romani migrations (from the Indian subcontinent) into Europe since at most the 8th century, though I have no knowledge of the nature of Jewish and Romani migrations into Scandinavia specifically
My point being is that if there was nothing stopping poc from interacting with, travelling to or even living in Scandinavia in the migration period and viking age without them necessarily being slaves, then there’s nothing stopping poc from interacting with, travelling to or living in Scandinavia in later periods.
also check out medievalpoc.tumblr.com it is a gr9 blog
Nothing says “historically accurate” like talking snowmen
thank you Scandinavian history person
friends, to my shame and regret, it appears that a serious person has written a serious article about the gay decoy sailors of popular text post fame
said article can be perused here on jstor and includes not only great details about future president franklin d. roosevelt accidentally arresting gay clergymen, but also damn good descriptions of the queer scene in rhode island in the early 20th century
with a fuckload of trepidation i am highly recommending it to all of you, because it’s really good information to know not only because it’s kind of hilarious but also because there isn’t nearly enough acknowledgement or discussion of pre-stonewall queerness in the world
and also because i feel like it’s kind of my responsibility to spread as much information about gay sailors as possible, enjoy
But despite Hollywood’s near-complete refusal to acknowledge it, ancient Rome was the original melting pot. See, back then, color and prejudice weren’t linked — unlike racism and stupidity today. Rome even had at least two African emperors, Severus and Macrinus. Rome was unique in the ancient world for its inclusive citizenship. In the past, a city-state like Sparta might have conquered a people and enslaved or slaughtered them all. Rome, on the other hand, blew ancient people’s minds by assimilating or even naturalizing the conquered. The ancient Romans didn’t even force conquered peoples to give up their own languages or customs.
The important thing for the Romans was that people followed the law, paid taxes, and, oh yeah, fought in the Roman army. The Romans were no dummies: Little old Rome was never going to be able to populate the world it conquered, let alone defend it, so absorbing other peoples like a giant legionary sponge was the only way to keep enough bodies in the military and on its farms. Rome enrolled northwest Africans, Moors, Gauls, Celts, Jews — pretty much anyone who could swing a sword or throw a spear — which is how an Ethiopian soldier could find himself fighting in Britain (maybe that’s why every film Roman speaks with a British accent).
There are no exact numbers on ancient Roman diversity, but given Rome’s constant contact with Africa and the Near East, the coliseum we asked you to imagine earlier should look more like Ellis Island and less like a Dave Matthews Band concert."
“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein. (via riverran)
#mary shelley #this quote though #it’s all kinds of wonderful #hey remember that time one asswipe was like you have 30 seconds to name something invented by a woman… #…and Mary was like SCIENCE FICTION MOTHERFUCKERS #that was awesome #thanks Mary Shelley (via snappily)
And the next time someone starts claiming that teenage girls have ruined the horror genre with romance or whatever you can be like, hey dicksmack, teenage girls and romance built your genre so sit the fuck down.
Frankenstein is my favorite book.
Actually, the first science fiction story was written by a different woman: Margaret EFFING Cavendish.
I mean, props to Mary Shelley, she’s probably been more influential, but you have to give credit where it’s due. Written in 1666, and republished in 1668 alongside her Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, (AKA science before people really used the word ‘science’),The Blazing World was inspired by a visit to the Royal Society (she was the very first woman to do so). She looked down a microscope and it blew her mind to the possibilities of different forms of life.
The Blazing World is about a woman who journey’s to a parallel world before we had a vocabulary for talking about parallel worlds, and before we had even imagined space travel. This ‘twin’ of the Earth was connected at the North Pole. Cavendish’s heroine’s ship is caught in a storm, driven off course, and washed up on this new world. There she encounters strange and wonderful people (before anyone else envisioned aliens) who elect this strange woman to be their Empress and present to her many scientific marvels (including a submarine). Cavendish uses this set up to satirise her own society and explore a world where a woman was allowed power far beyond what Cavendish herself could hope to attain (even as a Duchess with an unusually permissive husband and rare education).
So, like I say, props to Mary Shelley and all, but let’s not obscure the achievements of one woman with those of another. Margaret Cavendish invented science fiction, parallel worlds, travel to other (physical) worlds, aliens, the concept of submarines, and more. Let’s celebrate them both.