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Alice Hayes atop her zebra

… After Long Rider Daisy Bates migrated from Ireland to Australia in the 1880s, she rode three thousand miles in her sidesaddle across the Outback. Likewise, when Ella Sykes, the unconquerable English Long Rider, set out to canter across the deserts of Persia, it wasn’t the local Muslims who almost slew her, it was the sidesaddle which nearly took her life on several occasions.

It was during this time period that Alice Hayes, a British author and strong advocate of the sidesaddle, warned the English speaking world that the only people advocating ladies to resume riding astride were “journalists short of copy and women anxious for notoriety.” Hayes went on to denounce “feminine desperados” who, being either “mad or wholly ignorant,” had forgotten how “ungraceful” riding astride made a woman look.

Yet while Hayes and Hitchcock worked hard at protecting the equestrian status quo, lady Long Riders were quietly breaking down social and equestrian restrictions on both sides of the Atlantic. …

Via The Long Riders Guild Academic Foundation: The world’s first global hippological study - Sidesaddles and Suffragettes: The Fight to Ride and Vote by CuChullaine O’Reilly FRGS

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I’ve been doing some research lately for a book I plan to put to paper and came across some articles on Suffragettes and sidesaddles. I had never really put the two together like that before, but it doesn’t take much reading to see how they are entwined. One article states, “And while it is common knowledge that the Suffragettes achieved the right to vote in 1920, what has gone undetected is that these brave women rode into the voting booth as second-class citizens on a sidesaddle, then galloped out astride.”

Sidesaddles were conceived as a political and social tool of oppression to women and this is why the Suffragettes rode astride, and why they caused such a stir. Back then women could be arrested for indecent exposure for wearing a split skirt or pants. All that was indecent was the implication that women were less than men. …

Via Black Feather Farm: Sidesaddles and Suffragettes

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“It is not precise to call Hatshepsut a queen, despite the English understanding of the word; once she took the throne, Hatshepsut could only be called a king. In the ancient Egyptian language, the word queen only existed in relation to a man, as the “king’s woman.” Once crowned, Hatshepsut served no man.”

We’ve got a brand-new essay on the kick-ass, cross-dressing Egyptian ruler Hatshepsut. Just don’t call her a queen.

December 01 2013



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November 19 2013


September 09 2013

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Prime Minister of Australia kicking ass and taking names (mostly Tony Abbott’s). [x]

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September 03 2013


Malala Yousafzai opens new Birmingham library | World news |

Teenage girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan says pens and books are weapons to defeat terrorism, in seven-minute speech

September 02 2013


Malala Yousafzai to open Birmingham library | World news | The Guardian

… “I am honoured to be part of the opening,” she said. “The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives. There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

"It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed." …

August 28 2013

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