East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Honorary Men

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Today is the International Women’s Day, a day devoted to the celebration and promotion of female equality.
Which is both good and sad, if you think about it, because it’s a good thing, but we shouldn’t need it, not anymore.

But we know how things are going, and there’s still a lot of people that form an opinion on other human beings based on their reproductive role.
Sad losers.

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And as I was thinking about what to write and how to write it for this post, I was reminded of a very fine comic, written by Barbara Hambly and called Anne Steelyard.

What captured my attention, initially, were the wonderful covers, painted by the late, great Glen Orbik.

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But what reminded me of this (highly recommended) series today was the title of Volume 1: “Anne Steelyard and the Garden of Emptiness: An Honorary Man”.
Which suits the Victorian/Edwardian setting perfectly, mind you, but it’s also as good and sad as today’s celebration.

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So, here’s to all the ladies, in the hopes that they will never again be forced into the role of honorary men, but will be just recognized for the extraordinary humans they are.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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