I just wanted to respond to those surprised I did not included them in
Well, of course I'm going to miss out names and you're missing the
point. It's an example not a literal replacement.
I spent an hour of my time compiling the selected 'female' names to
highlight how extensive this issue is.
We need to change this not by compiling lists (it's a start) but by
challenging our own compliance allowing it to happen. It misrepresents
our culture and practice and we should be embarrassed if we let it go on.
When ever women and working class people, are viewed through the usual
protocols and defaults of the patriarchal gaze of an 'assumed'
objectivity. It implements a mythology via processes of non-inclusion.
This enhances the condition to further introduce the idea of women and
others not included as subordinates rather than as being part of the
Recognizing this condition is the start of being conscious of it.
Critiquing this repeated behaviour demands another level of engagement.
To borrow a phrase from Haraway, it would have to be “a feminist voice;
it is also a whisper of humanism”.
Wishing you well.