There is no historically consistent justification for the exclusion of women from healing roles. Witches were attacked for being pragmatic, empirical, and immoral. But in the nineteenth century the rhetoric reversed: women became too unscientific, delicate, and sentimental. The stereotypes change to suit male convenience—we don’t.
Witches, Midwives & Nurses: A History of Women Healers, Barbara Ehrenreich and Dierdre English
The other day, my Middle Eastern History teacher told us a story I wanted to share with you guys.
When he was travelling around Turkey by train sometime in the early ‘90s, he once had to make a stop at a town named Afyon. He didn’t expect to find anything interesting there; according to the travel guides, Afyon had nothing much to offer.
However, when he left the train, there was a man at the station who came up to him and offered him a tour of the city. This man said he was a history teacher at the local school. “Well, I am also a history teacher, so nice to meet you, colleague,” said my prof, wary about being scammed.
He wasn’t scammed, though. Instead, he was taken to the old Armenian neighbourhood of Afyon. Beautiful houses, but all in disrepair. My teacher was stunned. “But… this isn’t even on the map, it just says there’s a field here” “Of course it does, the government is trying to blot out every trace of Armenian history in this town. That’s why I wait at the station every day. To show any tourist who travels through here the real history of this town.”
Later, speaking to other residents of Afyon, my teacher found out that the man ran a high risk of getting arrested for what he was doing. One day, they said, a police officer would disguise himself as a tourist and put an end to his meddling.
I just wanted to share this story with you all because it made a really big impression me. Historians can change the world.
i can’t stop thinking about what it will be like when clarke unequivocally shows her love for lexa. up to this point lexa is the one who’s made the big, bold professions – with the kiss and the vow – and while clarke has been accepting of those gestures, she’s never really been the one to put herself out there first.
and i know she has a million reasons for that – why she guards her heart so closely – but then again, lexa probably has a million and one. so i can’t stop thinking about the moment when clarke takes that leap, whether it’s words or an embrace or whatever, and i’m trying /not/ to think about how relieved lexa will look when she finally, finally, knows for certain that it’s not just her.