the unwomanly history of man

history of man cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“THE HISTORY OF MAN” (drawing by nakedpastor David Hayward)

History. Herstory.

Those in power write the authorized history books. There are other histories, other stories, if we are willing to read them. I would like to see more written. There’s a challenge I hope you accept! I’ve drawn Sophia’s alternate history, and now I’m starting to write her story to go with the images.

This young girl doing her homework already realizes that the history she’s been handed is biased and therefore inaccurate. Her sharp mind is already thinking of ways to tip the scales.

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David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Jeff P

    This will be a very interesting story to read!
    As for history being written by the victors, imaging how different our prevailing religious doctrines would be if certain early battles depicted in the Old Testament happened to go the other way. Whole different theologies may have been passed down about what side God was on and perhaps something entirely different than Christianity would have eventually come to pass. It is interesting when you think about it.
    It would also be very interesting if an alternative history of biblical times were authored by women at the time the events occurred. The best we can do now is to view the ancient writing (written predominately by men) right now from the eyes of women.

  • Lothar Lorraine

    Hello Dave.

    This was undoubtedly the case in the past, perhaps even forty years ago.

    But nowadays there are many female historians and most male historians highly value equality.

    But the general principle: every group (antitheists, budhists, conservative Christians, liberal Christians, progressive muslims, neo-Pagans) are going to interpret what they see around through the lens of their worldview.

    Recognizing one’s own biases proves one of the hardest intellectual and moral task we are constantly facing.

    Friendly greetings from continental Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

  • Cecilia Davidson

    Yes, but to be quite blunt, women have been historically made second class, and, given the popularity of things like “Rate My Ex,” “Blurred Lines,” and the ever-the-trigger rape culture, it’s not mere history, but still present.

    Sophia’s approach is just – to fight against being marginalized, sexualized, demonized, objectified.

  • Lothar Lorraine

    Yes, but even if this (currently) more seldom, women can also hurt men.

    And Blacks and Arabs can also hate white people as it is occurring in France:

    We need to recognize that every human heart can harbor evil and fight against EVERY form of injustice and rejection.

    I want to live in a society where every citizen is TRULY equal, regardless of her appearance and personality.

    But saying that white males are (almost) always the villains, like Western liberals do, is extremely harmful and fosters a vicious circle of hatred.
    Most people in France agree with me about that.

    Friendly greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

  • JosephBrown660

    You are spot on. The issue is as old as the Garden of Eden. There is reason for the historical gender roles and it came from God Himself.

  • Cecilia Davidson

    Are you seriously using that to justify misogyny? Really?

  • mrichardson84

    Of course he is. He is, in his own words, an unabashed fundamentalist. He proudly worships a misogynistic God who hates women. And he thinks anyone who disagrees with him is going to hell.

  • Cynthia Anne Womack

    I thought it came from the other guy-the one who thought sin was a good idea. I suspect God doesn’t care whether males and females are ‘equal’ to one another. I think He cares about whether we are equal to His vision of us when we were created.

  • Cecilia Davidson

    Try again, Lothar. Blaming, really?

  • Lothar Lorraine

    I blame men, women, blacks, whites, Arabs, Turks, Chinese (and myself for that matter): we all fall very short of perfection and often act in a selfish and unrighteous way.

  • Tom Estes

    The “his” in history is referring to Christ, not men in general.

  • Cecilia Davidson

    I really have to start calling trolls for what they are more often, especially those who don’t bother to read.

  • Tom Estes

    So, if I correct the author when he is clearly wrong, that’s trolling?

  • Cecilia Davidson

    In your case, it’s trolling because you’re intentionally being an asshole. :)

  • Tom Estes

    What about my comment was hateful or mean? I just stated a fact without calling out anyone.

  • Cecilia Davidson

    Every last bit.

  • Tom Estes

    Okay, so logic is useless with you. Got it. I won’t respond to you anymore.

  • Cecilia Davidson

    Logic is equally useless to you, because you think you can twist the argument.

  • Gary

    What you call a “fact” is utterly absurd. Good luck finding YOUR definition in any dictionary. It is nothing more than the bizarre twisting and manipulating that fundies always do to try to twist every discussion around to their blind dogma. Plus it is completely off topic. This is why you have been labeled a troll.

  • guest

    history (n.) late 14c., “relation of incidents” (true or false), from Old French estoire, estorie “chronicle, history, story” (12c., Modern French histoire), from Latin historia “narrative of past events, account, tale, story,” from Greek historia “a learning or knowing by inquiry; an account of one’s inquiries, history, record, narrative,” from historein “inquire,” from histor “wise man, judge,” from PIE *wid-tor-, from root *weid- “to know,” literally “to see” (see vision).

  • Amy Mitchell

    How did I miss this one??? That girl in the picture reminds me so much of my own daughter. She often asks, “Isn’t there anything written by GIRLS?”