Sandi Toksvig (via timeasuli)
one of my reasons
Well, if the artifact came from China (which is pretty common for ancient archaeological artifacts), Chinese civilization (like many others) has always gone by the lunar calendar, and a lunar cycle is roughly 28 days. So both women and men throughout Chinese history have marked out 28 day cycles. However, this nitpick doesn’t invalidate the larger point being made, which is that it’s so easy (in fact, we’re indoctrinated) to overlook women’s contributions in basically all areas of civilization and it very well may have been a woman who notched those incisions in that early calendar. (I also maintain the core belief that matriarchal societies were once prevalent and that women have led the way in most human cultural development.) It’s just that in this case, the writer’s assumption that solar calendars are the norm suggest a different kind of cultural assumption.
great point! also, lunar calendar =/= menstrual calendar, most people who menstruate don’t have a cycle that’s exactly in sync with the moon, and the moon being coded feminine is not universal across cultures. it’s actually pretty unlikely that the original calendar was a menstrual chart. (more.)