Monday, January 8

:: "Ain't I a Woman?"

A photo from my favorite organization's trip to Ethiopia. "The weaker sex" doing manual labor while the men supervise... what would the sociobiologists and the cultural conservatives - who believe biology reifies gender stereotypes - say to this?

Probably nothing. But we know what Sojourner Truth would say:

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?”

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