My housemate and fellow historian had some fun yesterday with this column June Purvis wrote, over at the Guardian, about historian David Starkey’s recent allegation that women historians have (gasp!) “feminised history” to his great and everlasting dismay. As Hanna points out:
honestly, the first thing i thought when i read this — other than, “wow, he really is as much of a jerk as he sounds in his books” which i’ve never been able to read although i have tried — was, “but, mr. starkey sir, history is often a soap opera all on its own. it needs no help from anyone of any gender.” i mean, seriously.