"When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?"

Sandi Toksvig  (via fleurlungs, learninglog) (via manicdaisies) (via justsingyourlifeaway) (via feministbuffy) (via resistanceisfertile) (via f0lklaur) (via zesty-heads) (via dreamliest) (via not-a-babe) (via earthanna) (via run-for-funner)

I cannot explain my love for Sandi Toksvig. Randomly, one of her daughters was in my class at secondary school.

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"Books should broaden us, take us to places we have never been and show us things we’ve never seen, expand our horizons and our way of looking at the world. Limiting your reading to a single genre defeats that. It limits us, makes us smaller. It seemed to me, then as now, that there were good stories and bad stories, and that was the only distinction that truly mattered."

George R.R. Martin, Introduction: Rogues (via thebooker)

oldgods:

how do people even fuck up movie adaptations there’s literally a written plot all set out for you with character descriptions and dialogue

"People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (via stardust-seedling)

"As government initiatives push women to enter careers in science, a new study reveals that young female scientists are getting sexually harassed and even assaulted while conducting field work crucial to their success."

The scary part: most of the harassment comes from their supervisors.

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