you say you want a revolution
hi guys, how’s your weekend going? i hope it’s a perfect july saturday wherever you are! i’ve been obsessing for the past hour on the french revolution. it’s something i just never knew much about, a french holiday… certainly didn’t know details but googling for illustrations i came across so much it’s mind boggling. first and foremost, it’s official: marie antoinette did not say ‘let them eat cake’.
i wonder how french women feel about marie antoinette? how could she possibly be as revered and beloved as she is here? her fate was so tragic but she gave so much to france. i honestly don’t know. i don’t see how to view her except as a scapegoat. she was dropped off to be married in another country at 13 and completely sheltered forever after. she had no idea what was happening outside the walls of her world. her only crime was not seeing the real world or knowing enough to try and find out about it. but as kurt cobain said, ‘all we know is all we are…’
well, she left her beautiful way of life behind for us to judge
was it a charmed life or a gilded cage?
definitely full of pretty days
who knew the charge for revolt would be led by the ladies? women initiated storming versailles when the price of bread got just too damn high.
it’s hard to believe anyone would ever trash paris but they said we’ll burn it down before we starve!
our beloved city, once almost lost
revolts in the street at the hotel de ville
fire in the center of the city! they demanded change.
i had never read the rights of man and woman before today.
among other things, equality began to emerge from the chaos
but that was just the beginning! the good fight had to be fought again and again.
i wish you happy bastille day, france, whatever it means to you personally and as a nation!
tonight when you watch the fireworks and stroll the gardens it will seem surreal. like it’s always been this way. let’s hope it always is. have a great night!