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Pretty sure Otis has done nothing to uphold society either, as his name and the site suggest he has a hard enough time holding himself up at all.
10/4/2012 1:45:28 PM
While a woman may have come up with the idea of using soap as a cleaning agent, it was a man by the name of Nicholas LeBlanc who invented a way to manufacture soap cheaply, by creating sodium carbonate from simple table salt.
Without LeBlanc's invention, soap would never have caught on, and we'd all still be dirty.
10/4/2012 2:26:57 PM
If he's not a POE he must be a MOE.
10/4/2012 3:39:17 PM
Besides functioning as glorified birth machines women have done nothing to uphold society.
Besides posting on ManBoobz, what have you done to uphold the Internet? Did you develop transistors or integrated circuits or computer chips? Did you develop Windows or OS X or invent HTTP or write the code for a web browser? How much food do you hunt? How many wars have you fought?
So aside from whining and putting up drywall or unloading trucks or whatever you do for a living, you've historically done about as much for society as mules have. Probably less.
10/4/2012 4:29:54 PM
> Women would never have developed the technology to churn butter.
Spoken like someone who has no idea how technology is even developed.
In a functioning society, technologies are developed to address the needs of the users. Ultimately, who "invents" things matters very little. Someone came up with the bright idea that there's a niche that needs to be filled. Someone came up with ideas on how to fill that. Someone built a solution. Invention and development of stuff is usually a group effort.
But I do get the hunch that in your world, you'd not see the need to develop technologies to churn butter. You'd just keep women churning butter and think that any technological developments to change that situation would be a waste of time.
10/4/2012 5:39:39 PM
Wouldn't let your mom hear you say that Otis. She might suspend your Xbox privilege for a month.
10/4/2012 5:48:58 PM
Replace women in this argument with blacks, fat people, Jews, conservatives, etc.
10/4/2012 8:48:21 PM
Otis's list of things he invented is shorter than his one inch dick.
10/4/2012 9:11:15 PM
He lost his job to someone more intelligent and qualified who happened to be a woman (with real boobs). LOL
10/4/2012 11:00:06 PM
Even if we assume that all of that garbage is true, women still were the ones who gave birth to and raised the men who did all that. Without those women as their mothers, those men would be intellectually stunted and incapable if they survived at all.
Both women and men are integral to our society and both have contributed just as much to the advancement of it, even if done so in different ways, both rose to the challenge to make society take that little step forward.
10/4/2012 11:18:02 PM
'I always laugh when I hear guys say things like, “If women ran the world, we’d still be churning butter”. Women would never have developed the technology to churn butter.'
I suppose radium would never have been discovered either.
10/5/2012 2:28:25 AM
Marie Curie and Maggie Thatcher. You lose.
Of course, Thatcher was the devil but you probably like her.
10/5/2012 12:28:23 PM
Tracer, women have been making soap at home for generations and generations. Hardwood ash, in prolongued contact with water, produces lye, and that, when boiled with fat, produces soap. I don't doubt that soap goes back at least as far as the Neolithic, when a pot of fatty broth boiled over into a hardwood fire, extinguishing it. When someone went to clean up the hearth, they found a lump of soap, and on washing the area down, they found it sudsed and cleaned. Lye soap is a longstanding product of kitchen operations; only commercial soap is recent.
The first soaps were used more for laundry and housecleaning than bathing, because they were harshly alkaline. Personal cleanliness can be gained with several herbs. I know of two, though there are more: Saponaria (lady-by-the-gate) for temperate climates, and Seville orange (Citrus aurantium) for tropical. The leaves of both will lather, especially in rainwater.
If you want to tinker with kitchen soapmaking, you can get kits from Pine Tree Seeds in Maine. Of course, the more disagreeable parts of the work will have been done for you, and they'll even sell you scents and dyes.
10/5/2012 3:48:30 PM
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