Definitive Thesis

And then, as if in a nineteenth-century novel, he went ashen.

That I was indeed the author of the very important book it turned out he hadn't read, just read about in the a few months earlier, so confused the neat categories into which his world was sorted that he was stunned speechless -- for a moment, before he began holding forth again.

I’m grateful that, after an early life of being silenced, sometimes violently, I grew up to have a voice, circumstances that will always bind me to the rights of the voiceless.

By Rebecca Solnit I still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen.

And by the way, when her new book comes out sometime later next year, we’ll have a signing/donation extravaganza to celebrate!

Tom] One evening over dinner, I began to joke, as I often had before, about writing an essay called “Men Explain Things to Me.” Every writer has a stable of ideas that never make it to the racetrack, and I’d been trotting this pony out recreationally every once in a while.A British academic wrote in to the with all kinds of nitpicking corrections and complaints, all of them from outer space.He carped, for example, that to aggrandize Muybridge's standing I left out technological predecessors like Henry R. He'd apparently not read the book all the way to page 202 or checked the index, since Heyl was there (though his contribution was just not very significant).It’s in Cairo’s Tahrir Square too, brutal gender violence where freedom and democracy had been claimed.Having the right to show up and speak are basic to survival, to dignity, and to liberty.Being women, we were politely out of earshot before we started laughing, and we've never really stopped.I like incidents of that sort, when forces that are usually so sneaky and hard to point out slither out of the grass and are as obvious as, say, an anaconda that's eaten a cow or an elephant turd on the carpet.Here, let me just say that my life is well-sprinkled with lovely men, with a long succession of editors who have, since I was young, listened and encouraged and published me, with my infinitely generous younger brother, with splendid friends of whom it could be said -- like the Clerk in I still remember from Mr.Pelen's class on Chaucer -- "gladly would he learn and gladly teach." Still, there are these other men, too. Very Important was going on smugly about this book I should have known when Sallie interrupted him to say, "That's her book." Or tried to interrupt him anyway. She had to say, "That's her book" three or four times before he finally took it in.And in newspapers, magazines, and television, where women are dramatically underrepresented.Even in the online gaming arena women face furious harassment and threats of assault simply for daring to participate. Real violence, the most extreme form of silencing and destroying rights, takes a far more dire toll in this country where domestic violence accounts for 30% of all homicides of women, annually creates about two million injuries, and prompts 18.5 million mental health care visits.

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