Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Today is International Women's Day. I hope that anyone who reads Nightshade understands how deeply issues of inequality and patriarchy concern me - both as an historian and as a human being. I could write at length on this topic - but why would I when Daniel Craig and Judy Dench have already offered this:


  1. Growing up in an Italian family, this issue is a HUGE presence in my life. I can't stand the antiquated mentality that a man's sole responsibility should be his job, while women should shoulder all the household chores and still provide an income, too. We gather at my grandmother's house for a family dinner every Sunday, and I seethe when the men sit on their butts and wait for their plates to be set in front of them, and then don't lift a finger to clean the mess. Like their wives are common servants. I'm sorry, but some "traditions" are meant to be broken!!

  2. I used to think the answer would soon be yes, but now I doubt it. Back when books like The Woman's Room and The Handmaid's Tale were fresh on the scene, the numbers didn't seem to be so unfairly stacked against us, because we were stepping out of our mother's footprints. But now...I just don't know. I don't usually watch videos, but this was good.

  3. That is a well done, well said video! If you don't mind, I'm so posting this on MM's and linking back to you! Thank you for sharing that.

  4. This is such a great video. Judy Dench is awesome (and well done Daniel Craig!).

  5. I like the google home page for this day it's so nice.

  6. https://www.behance.net/gallery/46462575/_