and that is that I wonder what it’s like to be able to dismiss fifty percent of the human population at any given point in history as
* irrelevant to your topic of study
* a matter for political correctness, rather than good scholarship
Some of us don’t get that luxury.
[Ed: ok, as a scholar of the literature of rich white people in Europe in the 12th century, I am probably not really one to talk. But I do know that the peasantry EXIST! And that non-white people EXIST! And I don't tell people who study peasants and/or non-white people than their field of study is irrelevant.]