Prolific, perhaps -- but in some cases, extremely silly. I've seen so-called "alt-history" that involves the Aztec Emperor Montezuma stopping the Spanish Conquistadors by giving his Aztec warriors nukes and missile launchers. I've seen "alt-history" that gives the Anglo-Saxons tanks, or gives the Sioux/Lakota Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs). Please; alt-history should be something that's plausible, that could have happened. Aztecs with nukes and Lakota with APCs is silly.DeadPoolX wrote: ↑Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:30 pmAs for stuff you're not interested in... well, that's a preference thing and doesn't mean the genre isn't prolific in its own way.
If Lee's Lost Order wasn't found? A small thing like that - that might have changed history. Or the fog at the Battle of Long Island - that little detail saved Washington's army in 1776 from defeat and utter ruin. Washington's army was besieged and surrounded, yet thanks to the heavy fog, he was able to smuggle himself and his 9,000 soldiers out across the East River and to safety. What if it wasn't such a foggy night? Washington and his men would have been captured and probably imprisoned or even executed. A little bit of ingenuity, plus a bit of luck from the weather, saved the American Revolution. If not for the fog, America might not even have been born.
It's stories like these that make history fascinating for me, not Aztecs with nukes.
As for the statue ... hmm. It's fascinating in its own way (and yes, some very good and interesting links there, Tawm). I'm a little bit shocked, but also amused and unsurprised, by the angry person. Obviously she's never seen nude statues before.
I'm also bored by this "debate" about whether men should be part of the #MeToo "conversation". Of course men should. Yes, some men are murderers and rapists and violent arseholes. But most of them are not.
As for the "argument" that the statue is somehow insulting (because - shock, horror - it was created by a *GASP!* a MAN!!!), and on that basis to exclude half of humanity because they happen to have a Y-chromosome, is no less an "insult".
Let's stop all this nonsense now, please. I thought the ideals of #MeToo movement were equal treatment of both sexes, regardless of what chromosomes you have. If we want to achieve this -- if we want women to be truly equal with men -- then please, ladies, please treat us men as equal with you.
Yes, there will always be shouty and/or violent individuals, many of them men. But not all men are shouty and/or violent, and portraying all men as such doesn't do the #MeToo movement any favours.
I know I'm probably preaching to the choir, but some things need to be said. Thanks for reading.