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Nov. 19th, 2014 02:11 pm
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 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bullypulpitgames/night-witches - this company makes a computer game about the Night Witches regiment. I don't play computer games, but it's Night Witches - I went to read. ... and now I am thinking. Specifically, thinking about the sexism and feminism angle in their description.

My first instinctive reaction was "no-no-no, stupid Americans pushing their contemporary political concerns into our history". But. WWII here is this huge lump of unprocessed and unreflected history with only the clean and heroic bits - and I don't know when it will be processed. I have this plan going on the backburner, to read English-language books on Russian history just to have outside POV to help me think.

There is a book in Russian (I've no idea whether it was translated into English) about women at war, which I always mean to read but am afraid to - it's mostly accounts of women who went to war, and I have read _some_ real-life accounts so I have an idea about how depressing it would be; and I have met a lot of people who say that it's a tendentious and biased book to make our heroic history look dirty, and it was NOT LIKE THAT and better read Soviet-published memoirs of heroic women who volunteered and everyone in their regiments treated them as a little sister.

And, of course, once I started thinking I remembered reading memories of sexual harassment of women on the frontlines (and, one of the bits from the aforementioned book I did read - and it struck me very much - how women returning from war to their towns and villages were often shunned, because everyone believed they were whores - what else they could have been doing among so many men?)

I still don't believe in _sabotage_ which is mentioned in the game description, though: that would have been a shooting offense.

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Also, hello to the new people!  All this is kind of inspiring me to write more.
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I may be getting prudish in my old age, but I really, really can't understand why an article about an amazing woman and her achievements should be written in the style of "and then she wrote a letter to the editor ... bitchslapping the everloving fuck out of a sexist ballsack of an article" (Nellie Bly, in case anyone's interested). Does it make her cooler, or what? It does make _me_ a bit uncomfortable.

Our mail decided to act and gave up a whole bunch of Christmas mail it held hostage. It also proved that it doesn't know the difference between Austria and Australia, because I was notified that I had a package from Austria - which surprised me a lot, until I started to suspect what they meant. [identity profile] calanthe_b.livejournal.com, thanks! I did not own it, no, and now I am kind of thinking about a reread...

Meanwhile I have two jobs to do at once, and being rather slow at both - oh well, I always start slow.

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Sep. 22nd, 2011 11:16 am
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I think the most interesting thing for me in this George Eliot bio is, well, the social details. Just what opportunities women had, what happened to marriages, what were the consequences of living with a man without marrying him and so on. I just hope this bio is accurate - it looks to be pretty definitive.

I wonder if I should try Middlemarch again. "Family" novels for some reason get me nervous and on edge as much as thrillers do - maybe more; there is so much more potential for nasty stuff happening. (and I alway knew my tastes in reading matters were pretty philistine - I like mysteries and biographies because they are sort of orderly and ordered).

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May. 2nd, 2010 05:22 pm
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Funny: 18th century for me always was the only not-really-interesting period in English history. And then I read the bio of Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire, and now I'm reading the bio of Sarah, duchess of Marlborough, and they kind of look like a frame for the century from similar POVs, and I'm starting to wonder and think and wish to know more...

Aside from that, if my name were Whadcock Priest, I probably wouldn't choose church as my profession, but what do I know, really.

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