Journalists

160Journalists

What’s important about that study is not that women were found buried with weapons, it’s that women were found in earlier burials than we expected, showing that the earliest waves of Viking settlement in Britain included women.  It’s an interesting discovery, but it doesn’t fundamentally change our current picture of gender relations in Viking society.  Whenever you read a headline that says: “New discovery proves historians all wrong about X,” you can usually just mentally replace it with: “New discovery proves historians have been pretty much right about X since the 1970s.”

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149Privilege

It’s not pleasant to have strangers online calling me out for enjoying a bunch of advantages I didn’t earn, never asked for, would share if I could, but still adhere to me solely because of how I was born.  I understand the temptation to tell them to just shut up and leave me alone because none of this is my fault.  The better response though, is to use what advantages history and society have given me to try to make the world better for everyone who didn’t get them.  We’re not in a zero-sum game here: when other people’s lives are better, that makes my life better, too.