The Thought I Woke Up With #17

Sex Equality

Keep them womenfolk barefoot and pregnant.

Yeah. That’s the way. While the men go a huntin’, a warin’ and a whorin’! That’s the natural order of things!

Looking at the above statement, from today’s point of view and applying today’s values to it, leastwise from the so-called developed countries, it would be an absolute anathema.

Yet, take away the crudeness of expression and consider the sentiment and you may actually see some accuracy and the value in it.

History tells us that women were indeed in the kitchen and pregnant, a lot. Consider the reasons for that however and the whole thing starts making sense.

In an article on Quora, writer Dan Holliday, addresses this point succinctly and eloquently when he writes:

“To put it plainly, women had a place in society that wasn’t just dictated by male prejudice (while it certainly existed); it was dictated by the needs of society.  Gestating was (and is) a very time-consuming affair. Rearing children could not be done in daycare centers or public facilities.  There were no public schools, no social safety-nets, no labor laws:  all that existed was family and church/temple/mosque (and religious organizations weren’t in the business of providing much in the way of social safety nets).  Women were needed at home because the lack of sophistication in society basically relegated most men and women into the roles that they had:  men = physical power / social manager and women = home power / child bearer.”

When one considers the actuality of the situation it would seem the roles taken up by males and females of this world were not based on anything other than necessity and natural attributes. Women were made to have babies and feed them. There was/is no choice in that. That’s just the way it was/is. Men therefore did what was required, and expected, of them — they protected and provided for their families. People didn’t know any better because there wasn’t anything better on offer.

As society evolved so did the opportunities for women to expand their horizons, realize their potential and in the process prove that a woman can pretty much do anything a man can do. Technology has played a huge part in that.

All that said, it shouldn’t be forgotten that humans still have a lot to do in insofar as gender equality. Women are kept underfoot and abused through violence, ridiculous religion, ignorance and misogyny.

For example, women are not allowed to drive for no other reason than they are women.

That’s not entirely correct. Here is a reason given by Saudi Arabian cleric Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists who, told a Saudi website that:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards. That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”

Yes folks, some mothers still have them.

Some of the other discrimination’s against women are: prohibited from traveling unless a father or husband gives permission. Arranged marriages and the most despicable practice of child marriages.

As well, women are still discriminated against insofar as land ownership, access to education, professional advancements, spousal rape, custody rights and divorce rights.

Yes we still have a long way to go.

Until tomorrow,


The Thought I Woke Up With #17

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