In my previous blog post, I mentioned that the next step in my research project is to look at primary source material. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to talk about primary sources a bit more specifically in this blog post. In regard to the different types of written sources from the medieval period, Joel T. Rosenthal, editor of Understanding Medieval Primary Sources, provides a useful breakdown of the material into three major categories: narrative histories, government records, and private or personal records (Rosenthal 1-2). Since the first category – that of narrative history – has arguably been the most influential in shaping analyses of Richard’s reign, as well as the most easily accessible to amateur historians such as myself (there is even a Medieval Chronicle Society!), it is here that I will focus my post. Continue reading
As I am preparing for my interviews by writing and formulating questions, I am beginning to look at the picture I want to paint.
Someone once told me that prepping for an interview tells half of the story, but what story do I want to tell? How can I tell it truthfully and not manipulate it while also showing the details and tones I want the world to see? Continue reading
Up until this point, the structure of my actual paper has been nothing more than a periodically passing, vaguely worrisome thought — but that won’t turn out a paper, will it?
And so, this past weekend I hammered out a rough diagram (T. Olga suggested that I think about it like that instead of an outline) for it, and I honestly have no idea if it will stay anything like how I have it now in my final draft. Continue reading
Following the study of Casablanca as a sample of classical movie with a traditional gender dynamic, I have started to look at gender non-conformist movies in the liberal Pre-Code (Hays Code) era. The first actress on my list is Marlene Dietrich. Continue reading
As I was beginning Project G.I.R.L, I knew that I wanted it to be a ‘by-women-for-women’ company. I wanted all of the contributors, photographers, graphic designers, programmers, and writers to be women.
In complete honesty, I did not want any boys or men to be apart of the project. I felt as though it would go against my message of female- empowerment if I had help from some of my male friends.
I realized that may have been the most unhealthy presumption I have ever had.
Do not get me wrong – I find great beauty and empowerment by all-female-businesses, but I realized that, if we are going to make any social change, we have to do it together. I (now) believe that the way to end so many of the gender issues within our society is by working together with men to put an end to social inequality between genders. We cannot end sexism and the inequality between genders, as women, on our own – we have to do it together. We are better together.
Additionally, after having an incredibly hectic week, I realized that I do not need to do this project on my own (this video from RockPaperRobot helped exemplify this for me: check it out!)
I can reach out to my artistic friends who can help me make a logo, I can reach out to my technologically savvy friends to help me build the basis of the website, and I can go to different people researching female inequality because I cannot have the mentality that I both need to and have to do everything, because that is physically impossible.
I do not need to do everything and take care of everyone, and even if I wanted to I can’t. Accepting this and opening myself up to other’s help has been a challenge…but I am so excited to see how Project G.I.R.L will benefit from other’s contributions
Inspired by Acceptance,
Founder of Project G.I.R.L
Miller, Jane. “’You Don’t Have To Do It All By Yourself’.” Jane Miller Design Studio, Lovely Templates, http://www.janaleemiller.com/2013/05/you-dont-have-to-do-it-all-by-yourself.html.
This week has seen me downloading frankly ridiculous amounts of both archival and current articles from the NYT and slowly but surely making my way through them. I think I’ve reached the extent of my research — if you imagine it as a circle, it’s gotten to be as big as it’s going to get, and now I’m starting to fill it in. Continue reading
This has been my mantra for the past week. It seems as though there is always more to do, and I am finding myself perpetually exhausted…but I do not want to stop and even if I wanted to I can’t. Continue reading
Another Saturday Skype call with T. Olga — my off-campus mentor who guides me through the sometimes-overwhelming world of academic literature — yielded one clear message: even more so than last week, I need to narrow my focus in order to
not drown in sources turn out a paper by the end of May.
“She’s kinda bossy.”
“She is such a slut.”
“She’s such a try-hard.”
“She thinks she’s all that.”
“She’s such a b***h.”
These are just some examples of things I have heard girls say to other girls or about other girls…within the past week. Continue reading
For my demonstration of learning last semester, I produced a review of literature pertaining to several important topics within Richard II’s reign (an overview of which can be found here) in the period between 1389-97. This period is not arbitrarily defined, but is marked by the two crisis which form its boundaries. Continue reading