Tag Archives: Fathers

1649: Descartes’s Wooden Daughter

When Descartes resided in Holland, with great labour and industry he made a female Automaton—which occasioned some wicked wits to publish that he had an illegitimate daughter, named Franchine—to prove demonstratively that beasts have no souls, and that they are … Continue reading

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1910: Suffragette Madonnas

     The message of these anti-suffrage postcards is that if women have the right to vote, society will be turned upsidedown and men will become feminized, forced to do the women’s work of taking care of babies—how horrible! Although these … Continue reading

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1836: These Abhorred Vermin Seemed to Become my Friends

We report [the following] on the authority of a letter of Joseph Purdew, an observer, equally exact and judicious. “This morning,” he says, “while reading in bed, I was suddenly interrupted by a noise similar to that made by rats, … Continue reading

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2015: When My Father Died

Susanna Hesselberg: When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down (2015) (source)

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