Tuesday, May 20, 2008

We Need Some Elitist Bastardettes

As I gaze upon the badges that Paul has so lovingly created, uttering sounds of delight at each one, I notice one niggling detail: they're all boys.

And I can't think of some decent Elitist Bastardettes to make into badges. I may be a woman, but I'm apparently a misogynist.

Etha suggested Simone de Beauvoir, and that's a wonderful start, but we need more. Nominate Elitist Bastardettes in the comments, if you please.


Paul said...

I noticed that too. I'll go see if I can stir up a nice photo of Simone -- but we need more than just her.

Dana Hunter said...

Madame Curie came to mind a bit ago. Trying desperately to think of others, but women aren't the greatest bastards, alas. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Andrea Dworkin would be a fitting addition I think.

Efrique said...

Hmm. I'm mostly good on the science/mathematics side. There are lots more. Here are a few that I could think of:

Lynn Margulis
Frances Allen
Barbara McClintock
Grace Hopper
Rosalind Franklin
Jocelyn Bell
Emmy Noether
Lise Meitner
Sophie Germain
Ada Lovelace
Florence Nightingale - (she wasn't only a nurse - she made contributions in public health and statistics; in particular in statistical graphics)

If we go back to ancient times, it would be hard to go past Hypatia.

I'm probably forgetting many dozens!

Oh, Hedy Lamarr (yes, that one!). Not just an actress.

Virginia Apgar! (Anyone who's had a baby in recent times has probably heard of the Apgar test.)

Cobalt said...

Dorothy Parker.
Donna Haraway.
Rosemary Radford Ruether (a personal fav of mine).

So yeah. Just a few names from your humble anthropologist.

Blake Stacey said...


Matt said...

How about Hypatia? She was a philosopher and a mathematician and an astronomer, put to death by Christian fanatics for being a threat to their order.

Maybe also Mary Wollstonecraft for standing up for the education of girls and intellectual development of women, and against social pressure for women to be simple and deferential, when such ideas were unheard of.

george.w said...

Margaret Sanger, Grace Hopper, Ann Druyan, Susan B. Anthony, Maria Montessori...

Pretty easy to come up with more if needed

apthorpe said...

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Wendy O. Williams.

Ampersand said...

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Victoria Woodhull are two more that come to mind.

Catana said...

Love this site! Much thanks to Decrepit Old Fool for turning me on.

Doris Lessing belongs here, as a no-apologies, take-no-prisoners elitist.

But please, drop "bastardette." So 20th century.

Dana Hunter said...

LOL! Thanks, Catana! And thanks for solving the mystery - I was wondering how the hell you'd stumbled across us. When I read your wonderful write-up on us a while back, you really had me curious!

As for bastardettes, I'm living in the past. It's also much shorter to type than "Women who are Elitist Bastards." ;-)

Jolly Bloger said...

Isn't Susan Jacoby about as elitist bastard as you can get?