Sometimes in your research you run across a passage that simply must be posted.

“Here the republicans drew on classical traditions that cast femininity and publicity as oxymorons; the depth of such traditions can be gauged in the etymological connection between ‘public’ and ‘pubic,’ a graphic trace of the fact that in the ancient world possession of a penis was a requirement for speaking in public.  (A similar link is preserved, incidentally, in the etymological connection between ‘testimony’ and ‘testicle.’)”

— Nancy Fraser, “Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy”

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