Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I’ll be traveling to North Carolina and Connecticut over the next several days, so I’ll resume blogging on New Year’s (next week!) — the first day of my “Month of Liberty (i.e., Property).”
I resolve to blog in a civil and open-minded fashion, as if for well-meaning and innocent newcomers. I hope we all learned some things from the sometimes-contentious Month of Feminism, though, including a little something about Mary Marvel’s underwear. Happy 2009.
P.S. My leisure reading during my travels, by the way, will include the nifty volume Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period edited by Margaret Atherton and including excerpts of seven thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia’s correspondence with Descartes. Fascinating stuff.
And had our society not gone through a period such as the Enlightenment, perhaps its women would find themselves having to travel to know freedom, as suggested by this article on Middle Eastern flight attendants pointed out to me by Michel Evanchik. As five-word summaries of human history go, it’d be hard to beat “Life sucked until the Enlightenment,” though that admittedly leaves out some details. Perhaps you can fill them in below while I’m away (but first: tonight I party at an automat in honor of Festivus, which sounds as Enlightenmentish as admiring Crystal Palace blueprints from your panopticon).