Today’s reading is centered around how the men of the Radical Revolution set out to complete reformat everyday society. While they were fine with holding up the status quo for women’s place in society, they felt it was of the utmost importance to change the concept of time?
I found the events detailed in today’s reading to be particularly infuriating because of the obtuse thought of Robespierre and his crew. On page 145, Popkin talks about how language reforms to reaffirm equality and continuity of the nation. I think there is great power in language and think that reevaluating how you address others does promote social change, but in this case it seems like too little when they are beheading anyone who disagrees with them, including Olympe de Gouges and other women activists. I was further aggravated by the time spent separating society from religion just for them to make a different cult.
Did anyone else have a reading like this? Do you think I am being unjust in characterizing Robespierre and his friends has misogynists?
Also, here is a meme: