Riding in a Streetcar Named (Feminist) Desire

Today I came across a very interesting post written by Lynette Long that I had to share.

She wrote an eye-opening piece about street signs. At first glance, the topic may sound like quite the bore, but she digs deeper and uncovers an all too familiar skeleton in the closet – gender inequality!

How many streets do you pass on any given day? Did you ever give them much thought aside from using them to steer you in the right direction to find your destination? I didn’t.

Sometimes the things we see all the time are the things we overlook.

In Lynette Long’s post, Name That Street, she mentions how “street signs are inexpensive, highly visible, and long lasting” ways of commemorating people who have shaped history. The problem she noticed is that most streets are named after men.

What about women? Why don’t we pay tribute to them also? Haven’t they shaped the community around them, too?

How do you feel about this? Does it hit a feminist nerve?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Interesting post and, surprisingly, something I never truly noticed before. There is certainly the good old Harriet Tubman Lane and such, but for every one Harriet Tubman there are 10-15 Francis Scott Keys, Fitzgeralds, Martin Luther Kings, Roosevelts, and the like. I’m all for remembering history, but it’s important for those higher-ups naming the roads to remember that history is HER-story too.

    Thanks for the nice post and link. A feminist and a vegetarian! Can we be friends?


    • Posted by Mary Shaw on June 27, 2010 at 3:03 PM

      I really love that term, HER-story. It acts as an important reminder that many smart and influential women also managed to leave their mark despite facing the struggles of living in a patriarchy. It’s inspiring, and their accounts and accomplishments need to be recognized so that other women (and even men) can not only dream of a society where their voices are heard, but can also follow suit and act upon their beliefs.

      Sure, we can be friends! I have some great vegetarian recipes for lasagna, curry, and shepherd’s pie that I’d love to share if you’re interested. And I’ve been looking for something new to cook, so please pass along recipes of any of your favourite dishes.


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