There Were Way More Female Vikings Than We Thought, and They Got Buried With Their Swords, Too (and let it be known)
Originally, the researchers who have been studying Viking society mis-identified the remains of the settlers as male because they were often buried with swords and shields. Finally sorting them by their bones, instead, it was recently discovered that approximately half of the remains were female.
And not only does this discovery prove that there were a lot more female Vikings than previously thought, but researchers are also theorizing that the whole “rape/pillage/war” thing that Vikings are stereotyped for has also been exaggerated.
Hey turns out history isn’t as male-dominated as patriarchal western academia would lead you to believe. No one even thought to check the gender of the remains because it was assumed they would be male since they had swords. The thought of women wielding swords was too much of a leap for them.
How many other instances in history of women’s contributions have been ignored because men made assumptions that only men did anything important? Turns out, lots!
I have seen historians say that sheildmaidens were only a myth because there was no evidence. That the oral histories and written accounts didn’t count because they could have just been made up because it wasn’t mentioned in everything. (No acknowledgement of the fact that women’s histories are often edited out as time goes on.)
You know how much male history we recount as fact when we only have one or two written accounts of? Lots. Most aspects of history we only have a few pieces of evidence for, unless it’s about women being anything more than housewives. Then we need written records both domestic and foreign, oral histories and myths, artifacts, and several grave sites.
You worded this so much better than I ever could have. Exactly!
Even with written accounts and artifacts it’s hard to get some people (mostly men) to accept the fact that women have always had a very active role in history and their attributions are constantly erased or forgotten, glazed over by men time and time again, sometimes actively destroyed and re-written. And if you want to feel really sad, just think about how much more it’s done to queer folk. Cis women are barely tolerated by historians most of the time, and the lengths I’ve seen people take to explain away queer people in history is astonishing.
Like having a runny nose in your twat.
Heads Up - riding a bike just merged with being a fighter pilot. Meet the World’s Smartest Motorcycle Helmet (according to the people making it). With integrated smartphone tech, voice commands, rear view cameras, a headsup display, GPS navigation, and electronically adjustable visor tint, I’d have to agree. The only question to comes to mind is why aren’t F1 racers using this thing?
Dubbed the world’s smartest motorcycle helmet, the Skully AR-1 is a mean-looking Android-powered lid that has a number of tricks including a rear-facing camera that projects onto the visor what’s going on behind. This means riders will be able to pre-empt any upcoming hazards or change lanes without having to glance away from the road; a split second look that could otherwise be costly.
Apart from this wide-angle camera, GPS navigation is also projected onto the visor as well as speed and music and mobile phone functions, which can be controlled by voice command. Adding to its cool credentials is the electrochromic e-tint feature, which lets riders combat glaring sunlight by electronically making the visor darker at the press of a button.
If you’re raring to get the AR-1 to protect your melon, you’ve got a wait. It’s being put through the crowd-funding circuit on Indiegogo with a plan to ship in May 2015. It’s raised $836,000 of its $250,000 goal and there are a number of pre-orders available if you’re happy to put your money down. So, the price? It’ll cost a cool $1500 to get this tech on your head.
Everyone needs to mail me a pumpkin right now so I can make things that are flavored with pumpkin and build a pumpkin fortress and eat pumpkin things inside of it I’ll be like James and the Giant Peach but with pumpkins DID YOU KNOW IT’S ALMOST OCTOBER WHICH MEANS PUMPKINS?????
I really like pumpkin foods and food that looks like pumpkins.
Q:i appreciate your concern, but at my college we interact a great deal with autism speaks and support it. you shouldn't focus on what they're doing wrong, because none of it is terrible, but focus on what they are trying to do for people with all different levels of autism.
Things you apparently don’t consider terrible:
Posting a video of a mother talking about how she wanted to kill her child while that same child was in the room listening.
Supporting the eugenic abortion of autistic people.
Failing to condemn the murders of autistic children.
Supporting the Judge Rotenburg Center, which according the the UN, tortures autistic people.
It is terrible, only 3% of their budget goes towards services, there are no autistic people on their board, they literally support eugenics. They are doing absolutely nothing good.
This is widely know withing the autistic community and they are pretty universally hated by autistic people. Because they are terrible. They only even bother pretending to care about little white boys.
Read that link. Read it.
And here is the resignation letter of the sole autistic person they had in an important (but still non board) position
Here’s a flyer by a major autism advocacy organisation on them
OR, if you still don’t give a fuck about what autistic people think or want, (which seems kind of obvious from the content of this ask) here are some links written by non autistic people.
Here’s a post from the CEO of one of the oldest charities in the US for intellectually and developmentally disabled people.
Here’s a post from a major autism parenting magazine
And here are some other posts
If you continue to support them now you are in possession of this information, then it is clear that you are not an ally to autistic people, you don’t want to help us, and are probably just doing your charity work for “oh look at me, I’m a good person” points.
If you support autism speaks, you are not supporting autistic people, you are hurting us. And you are doing it knowingly and consciously.
Please spread this, not enough people know.
Complex Magazine released “The 25 Best Rap Verses of the Last 5 Years,” naming Nicki Minaj’s verse in Monster #1.
“It was clear, she did her thing alongside the best in the game—she stole the show, in fact, outshined them all.”
SHE RLY DID
ive been meaning to make work-related comics forever, so enjoy some choice movie title bastardizations.
(these all actually, seriously, happened, with no humor or awareness on the part of the customer at the time as far as I could tell. so, yes, someone actually asked for a ticket to “Detergent” with a straight face.)