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    I love how you incorporated food into this article. I think it's a bit of a leap to assume that a "woman" invented bread making, though. Please don't mistake this statement as me saying that a woman couldn't have invented bread.

    It's just that, as you know, Egypt was still a strongly patriarchal society - even if they did revere women. It would make sense that women were not exactly in the power position to "experiment" with mixing up grains and yeast, whereas a male would have had such liberties.

    And knotting, in my understanding, is derived from trapping, fishing and sailing, which was a predominately male realm. Once again, not saying that women weren't involved in the process or that they couldn't have been the ones responsible for creating Crewel or Macrame.

    On the note of bread making, though, the whole idea of using yeast has fascinated me. How in the world did anyone figure that one out? I can see how fermented juices led the way to alcohol production, but when did yeast get introduced into the equation?

    Oh, and Picasso! LOL I've wondered this about Art in general, which is heavily dependent on the theory behind it.

    In Picasso's case, sure, he took someone else's style. All the "masters" did. But, he used those styles in new ways that were distinctly him. Do I think Picasso is that great, though? Nah, not really. I like his work, but he doesn't top my list. Dali's more my style. Now, there was a "man" with a muse!
    2008-07-21 08:49:33 Posted by roguewriter ()

    Actually I think if people compared Braque with Picasso, most people wouldn't be able to tell which was which unless they were told ahead of time who Georges Braque was. I'd go so far as to say Braque was the better painter because he stayed in Cubism for the rest of his life whereas Picasso got bored with it.

    And as for the whole bread-creation thing its really a toss up. Either sex could have made bread. According to archeologists Egypt was quite liberal and women were relatively equal before Alexander the Great conquered it and instilled a new era of patriarchy under Greek authoritarian rule, but that wouldn't be until thousands of years later after bread had already been invented.
    2008-07-21 09:04:58 Posted by Charles ()

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