Monday, March 6, 2006

A short history of chamberpots

Sir Publius of Gods of the Copybook Headings:

Let me remind you that History is a demanding discipline. Do you think that all that fancy mathematics can compare in intellectual rigour to an essay on the history of the Chamberpots of late Stuart England? Do you have any idea of how many different kinds of chamberpots were made in late Stuart England? How each chamberpot was a complex socio-politico-economico symbol of class, race and sex? That the replacement of the chamberpot by the urinal represented the triumph of the patriarchy over women? Chamberpots forced both sexes to "go" in the same way. The urinal allowed men far greater freedom than women. The refusal of capitalists to produce female standing urinals was an attempt to demean women. By having to sit down women were forced to undress and expose themselves, to show themselves as weak compared to men who remained almost completely clothed during the process of urination. Could you silly science majors have come up with such insight? No, no, you'd just plod away trying to find a regression model that accurately predicts the price of chamberpots with reference to class, race and gender. It is qualitative insights that are the most insightful.

4 comments:

Pietr said...

'Ere...are you takin' the piss?

Phronk said...

Um...this is meant as sarcasm...right?

Lisa said...

Hmm...it's hard to tell....which is telling....

Publius said...

You could submit the above to an academic journal and have a fair chance of it getting published.