Monday, October 11, 2010

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10 Questions: Miriam Robbins Dexter on the Power of Female Display:
Magical female genital display: Are you talking about history or, more specifically, the history of art?

This is history, not just the history of art. For the prehistoric age, we don't really know exactly what is and isn't history. That it's history is more recently shown in a 19th-century letter we found in the Irish Times. The letter's author was an older man who wrote that as a child he observed a woman who was being besieged by people with pitchforks — she lifted up her skirts and they ran away. There's also a 19th-century story about rows of older Chinese women frightening off invaders by standing on the city wall and exposing themselves.

9 comments:

guitarist manqué said...

It calls to mind Erik the Red's half sister Freydis who, in a fight with the skraelings, picked up the sword of a slain viking, exposed her (ample)breasts and slapped them vigorously with the flat of the sword, horrifying the skraelings and turning the tide of the battle.

mikey said...

Young women need to stop being ashamed of their genitals

Yeah!

That's what I'M talkin' about.

Seriously. What can I do to help?

Smut Clyde said...

he observed a woman who was being besieged by people with pitchforks
Meanwhile the Romans are attacking the ditch with arrows.

Smut Clyde said...

Also that (very brief) Q&A does not mention Plutarch's account of the women of Lycia:
The men besought Bellerophon to check it, but when they could not prevail on him, the women, pulling up their garments, came to meet him; and when he, for shame, retreated towards the sea again, the wave also, it is said, went back with him.

Kids today, are they learning??

Another Kiwi said...

The soldiers seeing the female form which was different to those that they had seen in magazines were sore afraid and vouchsafed their confusion and fled into the sea.
Then the arms race kicked in of course...

Substance McGravitas said...

Magazines carved on the skulls of the fallen were bound to be different.

mikey said...

Hi. If I might be so bold, that is some WONDERFUL junk you've got there. Elegant in design, lyrical in execution, and somewhat playful aesthetically.

Y'know, it kind of smells. But that's OK! I think it's attractive and I'd give it a blue ribbon.

Yes I would...

Smut Clyde said...

Bad news, Brigadier-General!

Out with it, Major.

The enemy, sir, the enemy...

Yes, yes, we know they fight dirty. Come to the point or we'll be here all day.

They've put nude ladies in the front line! Our troops are terrified!

Fortunately, Major, we have a contingency plan. Send for mikey.

Another Kiwi said...

The 3rd Disgusting Fusiliers as S. Milligan would have it.