The Once and Future

As much as the Royal Family touches my life (ie, not at all), I’m quite disappointed it’s a boy. A girl would have been a major historic moment. Instead we’re still status quo for another royal generation. I’m not excited to welcome a future King… I find the royals an amusing diversion at best, and besides checking out their clothes (or Harry’s lack of them, *rrrrowr*) I don’t care about anything they say or do. However, I’m always happy to celebrate a globally acknowledged proof of gender parity and equality. As long as we’re talking about an already *extraordinarily lucky* accident of birth, why should such a lottery be subsequently limited by the baby’s sex? The indisputed astonishing success and longevity of many of England’s queens each followed a whole bunch of patriarchal bullshit in every case, but this was a chance to pass into a new historical chapter. Now “we” have to wait another 30 years to see that. (IF England continues to embrace the monarchy that much longer, which is itself not a certainty.)

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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