Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Standing Mute: When Women Couldn't Talk - or Could They?

I know I"If She Stood,"  the play that's coming out of the Place Philadelphia project, explores women's roles in the early to mid-19th century. In my attempt to understand just where women stood during that era, I'm going to straddle time. I'm placing one foot 200 years in the future, and another 200 years before.

My bridge is a PBS reality show called "Colonial House."

Colonial House was broadcast in 2004. It was one of series based on a concept borrowed from BBC. A cast of amateurs would live like their forebears, and we would watch their successes and failures.

Colonial House, the most controversial , an attempt to build a 17th century settlement in the New World. The "colonists" weren't cut out for their roles. Work was harder than expected, of course. But men and women struggled with gender roles.

One scene stayed with me. The men were having a meeting that, of course, excluded the women. Instead of meekly waiting to hear what had been decided, one of the women eavesdrops on the meeting.

Talk about revolution...

If you cue the video to the nine minute mark, you'll hear the participants speak themselves. In this video, the speakers aren't identified. I think this woman is Michelle Rossi-Voorhees.
Her comment:  "It's a very difficult life, coming from the 21st century with all the freedoms that we have, now to not have a voice, except for through my husband... My place is to do the cooking, do the cleaning..."

Around the 11:30 mark, Amy-Kristina Herbert speaks up. She insists on her right to speak and be heard. And she disputes the notion that colonial women were willingly mute.

"When you do speak up, it shouldn't be construed as negative; it should be construed as your opinion,"she says. "There are plenty of women at home who are getting a little irritated watching this series unfold in regards to... the roles that females played.
"We have come to the point where there are plenty of educated women that can look on this project and say "If we weren't to have a problem, that would be unrealistic, because women back then did have a problem, if all of the women in this colony were to say...Well, this was the way it was...I'm just going to do it, there are plenty of historians who would say that wasn't realistic."

So which woman was correct, Michelle Rossi-Vorhees or Amy-Kristina Herbert? History being history, both were. Stay tuned....

If She Stood will run for six performances - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8pm, Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8pm, and Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3pm, followed by Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8pm, Saturday, May, 2013 at 8pm and Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3pm. Tickets are on sale for the first weekend - BUY HERE. 


  1. شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالرياض قمة الطيار هى من افضل شركات مكافحة الحشرات بالرياض ومكافحة حشرات النمل الابض والفئران والصراصير بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالرياض
    شركة تخزين اثاث بالرياض


  2. شركة نقل عفش بالدمام الشرق الاوسط متحصصه فى نقل عفش واثاث بالدمام ونقل العفش بالخبر كما انها توفر شركة نقل عفش بالجبيل والخبر وشركة نقل عفش بالقطيف والاحساء وجميع خدمات نقل العفش والاثاث بالمنطقة الشرقية بارخص اسعار نقل عفش بالدمام وتقدم ايضا شركة تخزين عفش بالدمام والخبر
    نقل عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر
    شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
    شركة نقل عفش بالخبر
    شركة نقل عفش بالقطيف
    شركة نقل اثاث بالاحساء

    كما انها متخصصه فى النظافة وتنظيف المنازل ونظافة بالدمام والشقق والبيوت والفلل والكنب بالدمام
    شركة غسيل كنب بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف كنب بالدمام


  3. شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام التفاؤل شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر كما انها افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل نقل عفش واثاث بالجبيل والخبر والقطيف والدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
    شركة نقل اثاث بالقطيف


  4. افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات ومنازل وشقق بالمدينة المنورة شركة غسيل خزانات ومكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة ونقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة مؤسسة صفوة المدينة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة مؤسسة صفوة المدينة انها الاولى فى مكافحة ورش الحشرات بالمدينة المنورة رش البق رش الصراصير مكافحة النمل الابيض بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة


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