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A project that started as a Digital Humanities project, transfered with the Principal Investigator to various institutions, and has now been copyrighted and monetized under the PI's for profit company. A good example of why understanding Free Culture as a social movement is relevant to Digital Humanities.

@mlemweb don’t you think we could try to create some form of “online gathering point” (I’m sure there’s a better word for this in English, but it’s not coming to me now) for people who are interested in this? I don’t know, a discourse forum, a website, a podcast... I’m really interested in working towards improving this. Most people simply don’t realize the implications...

We made it back to Massachusetts! I'm finally home, let the cat pictures recommence

Image description: a clingy white cat who is extremely happy to have her people home playing with a strand of curling ribbon

This week I had to explain to a student what an encyclopedia was. They had used Wikipedia as a source and were surprised to hear that there were these similar sources that had actual editors who vetted the information before it was published...

Vote! Vote against hatred/sexism/racism/antisemitism/islamaphobia/homophobia/Transphobia, and all of the other myriad forms of oppression occurring at the moment (it's telling that there are so many groups being oppressed right now that I can't even fit them all expressly in this thread)

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Not so long ago a courageous woman stood up in front of our republic to tell a similar story that was painfully similar to Lucretia’s and many other women throughout history.

The astonishing thing about Lucretia’s story is not that it happened, but that it was believed and acted on. Even if the leaders of our republic didn’t listen to her story, we did and we still have time to act.

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Now, we’ve already seen this part of our own history. We’ve already had our own revolution. We’ve already declared our independence from the tyranny of kings and declared all men are created equal – with hard-won amendments to expand on who that applies to. But now we have a president who is threatening to take away those hard-won amendments.

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Lucretia’s rape wasn’t the only offense (the Tarquins had also impoverished the nation, acted out of prideful self-interest, treated the people like slaves, and pushed them into war to pay for his own debt) but she was the catalyst for a revolution and the foundation of the Roman Republic.

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The men were shocked and stricken with grief. Lucius Junius Brutus was so moved that he proclaimed: “By this blood, most chaste until a prince wronged it, I swear, and I take you, gods, to witness, that I will pursue Lucius Tarquinius Superbus … and that I will suffer neither them nor any other to be king in Rome!”

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Unwilling to allow her family to suffer this fate, she gave in under extreme duress and threat of violence.

Lucretia sent for her father and husband, asking them both to bring a reliable witness. She told them the whole story and all of the men present *believe her* & tried to assure her that her attacker was to blame & not her. Unfortunately, due to the pressures of the patriarchal society she’d been raised in and internalized shame, she still felt that she’d lost her honor & killed herself.

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Sextus Tarquinius, the king’s son, was so inflamed with desire for Lucretia’s beauty and chastity that he secretly came back a few days later. First he propositioned her but she refused, then he threatened to kill her if she didn’t give in. She still refused. He then threatened that not only would he kill her, he would also kill a slave and pose them naked together and bring disgrace to her, her husband, and all her family.

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When they got to Collatinus’s house his wife, Lucretia, was hard at work spinning wool by the light of a lamp (Roman shorthand for ‘worthy woman’) and greeted them graciously. Collatinus won the competition, they all ate dinner, and the men went back to camp.

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The men were off at war with a neighboring nation because the Roman king had spent too much money on public projects and his own splendor and needed more, so they attacked Ardea for control of its resources. One night the military leaders were drinking and started bragging about how great their wives were and this turned into a competition. Eventually Collatinus suggested that they surprise their wives and gauge their worthiness.

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I’ve been thinking about Lucretia a lot lately. She was a Roman woman whose rape and subsequent suicide led to a revolt against the crooked Kings and brought about the formation of the Roman Republic. (

I voted today! Since you don't get "I voted" stickers when you mail an absentee ballot, I'm sharing this picture so I don't miss the social credit of participating in our democracy (to the limited extent I can).


Monday night I was working on my dissertation until 8:30 then prep for my Tuesday am class until 1. Tuesday night we had a guest speaker & a dinner so I was on campus until ~9. Yesterday I was grading until 10:30. But after class today I get to hop a plane to MA for the weekend! Tonight I get to see @cwebber , pet my cat, and take a weekend away from grading and research :)

Chris and I are co-presenting on our Digital Humanities workshops this afternoon at Racketcon! Check out the Livestream ((link:…) We're on at 3:20

Image description: two Racketcon name tags for Chris Webber and Morgan Lemmer Webber

Here's a link to the image at the Chazen we were looking at:

It features the woman fleeing from a man, her friend trying to call for help, and the man's spears visually intersecting both womens' groins as he forcefully grabs her arm. This is typically categorized as marriage imagery in Greek art and the figures are often identified with mythological couples such as Peleus & Thetis or Theseus & Helen. So it's ok if it ended in a marriage ... right? ...

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It was somewhat disheartening today to teach my students about pursuit scenes (with imagery that highly suggests violence to women) that were common on vases made specifically for drinking parties catered to elite men, then casually scroll through the news and draw parallels.

but sadly also

My cat is over a thousand miles away and yet she is always with me
... specifically her fur on my black dress pants
... no matter how many times I lint roll them

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