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Boy History and Girl History

In case you’re wondering where I stand on various histories. None of these have very good reasons, it’s just a sense and feel I get about them. Obviously I have some backing, knowing a lot of people who are at least interested in history, if not obsessive about it.

Greek Philosophers and Government – Girl History
Greek Warfare – Boy History
Greek Mythology – Androgynous, but girls seem to enjoy the gods while boys enjoy the heroes.

Romans – Boy History
Egyptians –Girl History
The Celts – Could go either way. Ancient Celtic art seems to be pretty evenly enjoyed by both sexes.

Medieval Literature – Girl History. While not exclusive, I’ve found girls are fare more likely to have read Chaucer and Geoffrey of Monmouth than boys are.
Medieval Knights – Strangely, another biunisexual group. However, girls are much more into the myth and romance of knights while boys are more into the solid facts.
Medieval Architecture – Boy History. Again, not exclusive by any standard, but only about one in ten girls will give a shit about castles and such while boys are nine out of ten. Everything changes when the Gothic cathedrals are broken out though, everybody loves a bit of gothic.

Skipping the Renaissance because it’s fairly evenly balanced on almost all points. True, girls are more into the pretty dresses and boys are more into the cannons, but beyond that they’re all over the place.

The Enlightenment…
Philosophy and social movements – Girls
Science – Boys

The American Revolution – Girls
The American Civil War – Boys

The Founding Fathers – Girls… EXCEPT!
Ben Franklin – Boys (Cause Benny was a pimp and we respect that)

Teddy Roosevelt – Boys
The rest of those Victorian and Edwardian ponces – girls

Gangsters – Boys
The Jazz Age – Girls
Jazz Music – Either

And from there I sort of run out of things. I think because the 20th Century is been pretty easy to split. You know who is interested in cars and wars and who is interested in musicals and Audrey Hepburn.

Now that you know where your gender expectations are, it’s up to you to defy them. Boys! Now is the time to express your interest in the Regency Period with all the pretty dresses and racism that goes along with it. Girls, now would be a lovely time to express the joy that you have in looking at suits of armor in the museum and pointing out which of it was battle, which was display and which was tournament armor. After all the only reason to have gender roles is to smash them with hammers.

Sadly you can probably guess that I am completely on the boy side of this list, but then I would be. It’s a list of my impressions on which gender is interested in which parts of history. I’m hardly going to say that an interest in the machines and science behind the Industrial Revolution is girl stuff. If I, as a boy, am interested in it than it is ipso facto boy stuff. The effect the Industrial Revolution had on society can be girl stuff though.

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February 12, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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