i seriously just had the thought “i wonder if I could rush from the computer to the top of the fridge to squat in the 3 seconds photobooth gives me”
You are my hero.
Re-identification of Viking corpses has revealed that half of their warriors were female.
"Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.”
Women have always fought. We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it.
People love to use our relatively modern day custom of male enlistment as a means to justify or debunk our oppression. You know, “Women and children aren’t oppressed because it is men who fight wars to protect them!!”. In reality, the exclusion of women and younger humans(children) from war conflict came about only after institutions like marriage and divisive structures like class were established. Women were just as capable of fighting, but when an individual is considered property of another(husband), who even has a say?