“Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man — there never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronised; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as “The women, God help us!” or “The ladies, God bless them!”; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unself-conscious.

There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody could possibly guess from the words of Jesus that there was anything ‘funny’ about woman’s nature.

But we might easily deduce it from His contemporaries, and from His prophets before Him, and from His Church to this day.”

— Dorothy Sayers, Are Women Human?

You really should read the whole book.

Related.

“It is well worth the efforts of a lifetime to have attained knowledge which justifies an attack on the root of all evil—viz. the deadly atheism which asserts that because forms of evil have always existed in society, therefore they must always exist; and that the attainment of a high ideal is a hopeless chimera.”

-Elizabeth Blackwell

&

That villain!

Points of Order

First point:

These brownies are the closest thing I have to a sex life.

Slutty brownies

And you know what? That’s fine with me. Or it will be come Sunday when they facilitate some Dorian Gray level chocolate-wallowing decadence.

Second point:

You guys need to post more! I know, you both have lives and Addie actually does her homework, but as much as I love hearing myself talk (type?), I’m starting to feel….a little lonely.

Third point:

“A warrior is one whose basic responsibility is to preserve and protect life.”

-Eve Ensler

Which brings me to my fourth point:

Stay tuned for a review of The Vagina Monologues! Possibly till after finals, but still. I do after all have a sticker that says “I’m worth waiting for!”, and it holds true for both actual vaginas and monologues about them.

Oh geez. I wonder if the pretty chastity speaker who gave me that sticker ever imagined how the emblems of her activism would be used.

Nahhh.

The Wisdom of Downton

We must have a care for feminine sensibilities. They are finer and more fragile than our own.”

-Lord Grantham

Since we’re doing quote analysis… This line is actually a bit ironic in the context of the episode, but I tend to agree with it on face value. Reflexively, it seems a bit anti-feminist. Discuss?

Also if you aren’t watching Downton Abbey,  START. IT IS AMAZING.

[imported this mini-post from my personal blog