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Toft ([personal profile] marshtide) wrote2011-04-27 04:44 pm

[3W4D] Snapshots of a patriarchy: The myth of the stone age, by Liv Strömquist

Here's a translation of a short comic strip by Liv Strömquist, Sweden's favourite feminist comic artist and social commentator. My rough translation, as per usual. This, by the way, is semi-relevant to the post I'm hopefully putting up tomorrow on assigning sex to human remains. It's at least some kind of complementary reading material!

This is from Liv Strömquist's first collection, 100% fett (100% Fat).


Snapshots of a patriarchy: The myth of the stone age


A popular myth in our society is that men and women in the stone age were not at all equal, and that the men were extremely macho.

- Yeah, then you just had to club down your woman and drag her back to your cave! Haha.
- Yeah, one should really let out one's inner stone age man! Haha.


In school textbooks there are pictures of stone age men who hunt and stone age women who cook food, kind of like a Swedish '50s family or Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

- Don't be late to dinner, darling!
- Stop nagging!
- It'll be mammoth steak!
- Yabba dabba doo!



Now, though, we've realised that many of the stone age graves where we've assumed that the person had been a man - because the person was buried with hunting equipment - had actually been women.

- Look! This bone shows that it's a woman who was buried with a spear!
- Yeah, but this bone shows that she took all the parental leave.*


It doesn't seem, then, as though there was any particular gender-based division of hunting, cooking or fishing.

- Don't be late for dinner, darling.
- Stop nagging!



Despite this, people love to go on about how wonderful and unequal it was in the stone age. And the consequence is, naturally...

- Equality is unnatural!
- Men have to be allowed to use violence - it's our natural state!
- Men are men and women are women - it's been that way since the stone age!


- This behaviour is in my genes! Yabba dabba doo!

Footnote!Skeleton: You don't know shit about me.

* Leave for new parents is gender neutral in Sweden and can be divided as wished between the parents, so instead of maternity leave...

But yeah, women still take out most of it. ;;

Previously translated strips:

- Creativity - a comic about making things by Liv Strömquist

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