"I long to hear that you have declared an independency,” Abigail Adams wrote to John on March 31, 1776 just as her husband and his Founding Father cronies in Philadelphia were getting down with the idea of starting a new country. “And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.”
To use John’s favorite pet adjective, methinks the “saucy” Mrs. Adams would have made a great blogger if Ben Franklin had invented the Internet long before a certain crazed sex poodle of this era.
Abigail’s wonderful letters surfaced from memory this morning as I did a little housekeeping on the blog roll in the lower right column. It suddenly occurred to me that that all the blogging voices I admire and proudly follow in public, save one –- my dear friend, Arthur Einstein, the advertising guru and original “Mad Man” –- belong to women.
Why? I honestly don’t know. Perhaps someone will comment on my feeling that women do better at this medium than men. In the meantime, I urge you, dear readers, to take leave of Calliope Street immediately and hear what they have to say. Smart, funny, insightful, sometimes inspiring, and refreshingly, in a neo- or post-feminist way, saucy.