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Women Who Are Well-Behaved - Poem by gershon hepner

Women who are well-behaved
do not make history, and they
take second place to the depraved,
whom history gives right of way,
for though officially the word condemns
the women who’re considered lawless,
they’re given diamonds and gems
for being flexible, not flawless.

Kathryn Harrison reviews “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (“We’re No Angels, ” NYT, September 30,2007) :
Ulrich, a Harvard historian whose “Midwife’s Tale” won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for history, uses “three classic works in Western feminism” as a springboard for examining the theme of “bad” behavior. Could the popularity of her slogan, she wondered, be explained by “feminism, postfeminism or something much older? ” The answer emerges in Ulrich’s choice of texts: Christine de Pizan’s “Book of the City of Ladies, ” written in 1405; Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s “Eighty Years and More, ” published in 1898; and “A Room of One’s Own, ” based on two lectures Virginia Woolf gave in 1928 — all works by women who “turned to history as a way of making sense of their own lives.” History, Ulrich reminds us, “isn’t just what happens in the past, ” but what we choose to remember. As much invention as discovery, history attempts to make the chaotic present into a coherent picture by comparing it to images, equally artificial, fashioned from events long past. Pizan, Stanton, Woolf: three women with “intellectual fathers” and “domestic mothers, ” who were “raised in settings that simultaneously encouraged and thwarted their love of learning” and “married men who supported their intellectual ambitions.” For each, her “moment of illumination came through an encounter with an odious book” expressing man’s “disdain” for women. Pizan responded to a 15th- century satire containing “diatribes” against her sex, Stanton to law tomes that set forth the rights of husbands and fathers over their wives and daughters, Woolf to “The Mental, Moral and Physical Inferiority of the Female Sex, ” an imagined history representing what she discovered in the reading room of the British Museum.

9/30/07


Comments about Women Who Are Well-Behaved by gershon hepner

  • Rookie Blue angel Florida (10/1/2007 12:23:00 AM)

    LOL...Sounds right :) Still, Woman must be what and how they feel from heart the best for themselves, diamonds, gems...all goes...Your soul, your heart grows... :) (Report) Reply

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Poems About History

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  2. 152. Quote # 1 , Is It Poetry
  3. 153. 2,000 Years Of History! ! , Edward Kofi Louis
  4. 154. Bridge To History , Nassy Fesharaki
  5. 155. It Is Always The Winners , Francis Duggan
  6. 156. Ancestral Portraits , gershon hepner
  7. 157. Washington At War & The Hinge Of History , Tom Zart
  8. 158. Tom Zart's 52 Best Of The Rest America .. , Tom Zart
  9. 159. Black History , Edward Kofi Louis
  10. 160. Travel Haiku - Japan Outdoor Sand Museum , john tiong chunghoo
  11. 161. The Winners Write The History , Francis Duggan
  12. 162. Who's Buried In Cleopatra's Tomb? , gershon hepner
  13. 163. My Cloister , gershon hepner
  14. 164. Gaza's Triumph Is Everyone's , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  15. 165. What Are These Days? , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  16. 166. What Are These Days? ! , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  17. 167. Elias Saleh, The Great Man Of His Time , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  18. 168. The Great Man Of His Time, Elias Saleh , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  19. 169. History Repeats Itself , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  20. 170. History Would Relieve Or Punish , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  21. 171. Google History Page Paroday , Charles Hice
  22. 172. History Repeats Itself Again , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  23. 173. Surroundings-42 , Indira Renganathan
  24. 174. Water And History , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  25. 175. Let's Make History , Paul Butters
  26. 176. The War Winners Write The War History , Francis Duggan
  27. 177. British Tea And Gaddafi's Coffee , Edward Kofi Louis
  28. 178. The Crown And Its Pain , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  29. 179. Sandra , Edward Kofi Louis
  30. 180. Going About Its Business , Dónall Dempsey
  31. 181. Travel Haiku - Madison County Autumn Fes.. , john tiong chunghoo
  32. 182. Passing The Old Luoyang City , Luo Zhihai
  33. 183. Rewrite History , hasmukh amathalal
  34. 184. Through The Legend. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  35. 185. An Apology , Pradip Chattopadhyay
  36. 186. Brown Jacket , Nassy Fesharaki
  37. 187. Getting History Wrong , gershon hepner
  38. 188. Fiction Gone Wrong , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  39. 189. The Politics Of Revelation Spinning Truth , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  40. 190. The War Winners , Francis Duggan
  41. 191. Way Back , Francis Duggan
  42. 192. The Birth Of Poetry For M Lady Mary Gor.. , ivor or ivor.e hogg
  43. 193. Andrew Mcauley , Francis Duggan
  44. 194. The Southern Cross , Francis Duggan
  45. 195. Art , Emmanuel George Cefai
  46. 196. Do Not Take Welcome Liberties To Memoriz.. , Lee Mack
  47. 197. Democracy In Decay Xli , Sadiqullah Khan
  48. 198. Life At Obelisk , hasmukh amathalal
  49. 199. Grainne Mhaol , Francis Duggan
  50. 200. In Ballarat Where History Don'T Fade , Francis Duggan
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