makingqueerhistory: [Image Description: A styl…

makingqueerhistory:

[Image Description: A stylized portrait of Eleanor Rykener, a white woman wearing blue and white headwear similar to a habit.]

Eleanor Rykener

There is a fine line historians must walk between being thoughtful in using contemporary language for historical figures and erasing queer people from history. While someone from ancient Sumer wouldn’t have used the word “bisexual”, for example, we can discuss how their sexuality and experiences fit this modern term. We walk that line with every article, and we try to do so respectfully. There are, however, those who act under the guise of historical accuracy only to deny queer persons our history, particularly those stories of trans women. (Read Full Article)

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