WHO DAT? WHO DAT? I-G-G-Y
I get so mad when I say something to my dog and she flinches like she’s in trouble. Like, who the hell abused this perfect angel before I adopted her from the shelter? Why would they? She is so adorable and perfect that it makes me want to cry, and someone was mean to her.
If only I could have owned her from puppyhood. She would have never dealt with a day of abuse in her life.
A cat my family adopted years ago was similar. She’d be fine and just walking around but if you were near her at certain angles or your body looked a certain way she’d immediately start hyperventilating and flatten herself clearly expecting to get hurt.
It was heartbreaking.
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Oil on canvas, previously attributed to Johann Zoffany, 1779;
Dido Elizabeth Belle is depicted here with her cousin Elizabeth Murray. This painting scandalised many of it’s 18th century audience due to its portrayal of Belle, a woman of colour, in a non-subservient position. Considered to be one of the first paintings to do so, it was probably commissioned by Belle’s father Admiral Sir John Lindsay in the late 1770’s.
We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.
This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.
The whole article sadly hits very close to home.
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