Sorry! As some of the other notes have said, I meant this sort of thing: “Of course. Asia and Europe aren’t even a separate landmass, after all.” (on your Europe tag) -> arbitrary line down the Eurasian continent…
The idea of Europe and Asia being culturally two different, separate worlds is pretty laughable for us who live closer to the “border”… I mean, throughout our (Croatian) entire history the basic theme is “oh god no the Ottomans are trying to conquer us”. I think pretty much everyone in these parts is more-or-less aware that the Ottomans were here and that their Empire was huge and stretched far to the East as well. I mean, just look at how damn huge it was.
What is happening in Croatia now is a striving to be recognized as a part of the “West” (we recently got into the EU, that helps). The general idea is: West=culture, Vienna, civilized, Europe; East=primitive, Balkans, ‘polluted’ by Ottoman influence, barbaric, ew. The average Croat who likes to think of themselves as cultured and civilized will cringe at the thought of being associated with the Balkans or Eastern Europe. They prefer being considered a part of Central Europe, something close to Austria… Children in school are trained to think this way, too. I remember that our geography teacher in high school spent like half an hour proving to us that: 1) the Balkan peninsula doesn’t exist as a geographical term (as if that’s important) and 2) even if it did, Croatia wouldn’t be considered a part of it.
Not to mention that we’re on the Mediterranean. I thinkhope people are aware that this sea connects Europe, Asia & Africa and that various peoples inhabiting these parts had ships. I live in a place that has been populated by so many different peoples and conquered by several multi-ethnic empires* and instead of being excited and curious about all those different cultural influences, people consider anything and everything eastern negative and undesirable and consciously reject it.
*ok yeah all those different cultures, peoples and religions is one of the reasons for these parts to be full of conflicts, but that’s no reason to reject variety and strive for uniformity and “westerness”
I’m sorry, I kind of went off-topic here and this turned into a kind of a rant ://
They seemed pretty obsessed with the idea that I was only talking about Black people (with the predictable torrent of explicitly anti-Black racism), and I kept saying, “I’m trying to say Asia is literally like right there and also there was a lot of war and Empire-making, read the text sources ffs”, and I didn’t realize there was so much anti-Asian sentiment happening in Central Europe overall. Maybe I should have since I knew how bad the antiziganism is.
Dr. Mary Walker ”believed that tight corsets along with voluminous skirts and petticoats were unsanitary and hampered her medical practice. So she didn’t wear them: first sporting bloomers, then, midway through the war, abandoning those for a male surgeon’s uniform. She didn’t attempt to pass as a man; she was an obviously female doctor wearing a male uniform…. She continued to wear men’s clothing throughout her long life (she lived until 1919) and continually advocated for rational dress reform for women.”
NOOOO NO NO NONO FUCK FUCK FUCKIG CBS IS TELLING WOMEN NOT TO REPORT SEXUAL HARASSMENT BECAUSE IT WILL “DAMAGE THEIR CAREERS” and “HARASSMENT IS AN UNFORTUNATE PART OF CLIMBING THE LADDER” I AM SO ANGRY THEY ARE LITERALLY TURNING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INTO A NORM THIS IS NOT OKAY
This is an actual article and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real.
IF YOU ARE SEXUALLY HARRASSED YOU REPORT THAT SHIT
That is AWFUL. Please report it when you’re sexually harassed. If not for yourself, to try to protect future victims.
FUCK THIS SHIT.
Look, I can understand circumstances where, yeah, reporting it is difficult and you would choose not to. There are times when you literally HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE and it sucks, and those assholes are taking advantage of it. Not every woman can put her source of income at risk like that, and the one thing the article gets right is that the laws DON’T always work, you are NOT guaranteed protection.
Which is why we need to keep fighting for better laws and better enforcement of policies. Which is why when you CAN report it, you SHOULD and FIGHT against this mindset that it’s just something women have to deal with if we want to sit at the boys table. Harassment is NOT just an inconvenience, it is dehumanizing, it is upsetting, it is a weapon used against women and it is BEYOND NOT OKAY.
And of course: why the fuck are you acting like women should have to control whether they report it or not instead of the very basic fact that MEN SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS?!?!
You said all the things I meant to say but didn’t while blinded with rage and flailing at the keyboard. :)
I’m sorry, “Shit sucks and the laws don’t really work, so stay quiet and suck it up” is a HORRIBLE FUCKING ARGUMENT. If the laws don’t really work YOU FUCKING MAKE SOME NOISE AND MAKE PEOPLE CHANGE THEM.
And I’m going to agree with NewAgeAmazon: there needs to be a lot more “Dudes, don’t do this shit” out there. LOTS more.
This amazing image is part of a series of maps in a manuscript from the 1460s. What is striking is not just that we can so clearly recognize Europe, Asia and Africa, but that these continents are depicted so incredibly beautifully, in deep blue and gold. The map seems to float in space and above it various winds are blowing, produced by men with toy trumpets. Clouds are quietly drifting by. Who can resist jumping in and becoming part of this intoxicating blue world?
Pic: New York, Public Library, MS 87 (15th century). More blue maps from this book here.
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Spanning one-ninth of the earth’s circumference across three continents, the Roman Empire ruled a quarter of humanity through complex networks of political power, military domination and economic exchange. These extensive connections were sustained by premodern transportation and communication technologies that relied on energy generated by human and animal bodies, winds, and currents.
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Not gonna lie, this is kind of amazing.
Basically, you can plan a trip from Rome to Alexandria, and get an estimate of journey time, expense of trip, the supplies you’ll need….let’s just say it’s better than Oregon Trail:
Does this mean that we could plan our pilgrimage via amphibious kayak?!?
As long as you plan to do it two thousand years ago.