posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 11:42 AM
So women having more freedom is what's wrong with the world, is what I'm taking away from the OP.
Let's look at things that are different in the modern world that women (or anyone else) could not take advantage of in the past. The industrial
revolution, technology, advances in medicine, access to better and consistent food, education, and other things I skipped, have all conspired to
ensure that everyone (men, women, children) lives longer and has a higher standard of living and waaay more free time.
Most of us in the developed world no longer have to struggle for daily survival. Traditional concepts of gender roles are no longer critical for the
group to survive. We no longer attribute every conceivable physical and mental issue under the sun as hysteria in women due to a wandering womb that
necessitates regular trips to the doctor so she can be given an orgasm. Women now have more reliable access to feminine hygiene products which lets
them leave their homes and participate in the outside world without the embarrassment of bleeding out. More women can now give birth without the very
real fear most of their forebears had of potentially dying (up until the early 20th century there was still a 25% mortality rate among women who gave
As far as witchcraft, let us look at that. In the past, most magic practitioners were women. It was firmly associated as a feminine thing and it was
not necessarily condemned. Men who engaged in witchcraft were considered unmanly (though it did occur). Magic and weaving were intricately entwined
(an apt metaphor for birth/creation)- so much so- that when women gathered to weave it was considered a powerful thing. Wands/staffs were the distaff
used in the weaving process. Men would engage in physical warfare and women engaged in weaving as their outlet for war. Men would consult women who
were considered gifted in magic before deciding to go to war. However, with the eventual development of more modern looms- men began taking over the
process- and women were soon left out of important work that was once considered firmly in their domain. Holdouts to these old ways and stories were
So, one could say that the same advances in society that made life easier for everyone, also radically changed cultural concepts of traditional gender
roles for men and women both. People did adapt though- in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worst. I think one major problem is that
many of these changes came rapidly, leaving many to idealize a past that never existed, and associating the past gender roles as being better.
Never fear. It is my belief that most women, by virtue of just being themselves, will always embody what is feminine. I'm not talking about
androgyny/intersex/transexualism/etcetera. There has always been a group that is other- it is simply that in modern society we're more aware of them
So, my point (I think I lost the plot there a little) is to turn your frown upside down. Nothing is as bad as you're making it out to be. Sure, we
have our issues- but that's true of everyone throughout history. I, for one, am quite glad I'm a woman today. I have a tendency to romanticize the
past myself, but I don't fool myself into thinking for one minute that I would actually want to live in the past. I'll just go join the SCA or
something if that pull becomes too much.