GirlWritesWhat: Were women historically oppressed? Are they now, in developing countries?

Yet another outstanding video from GWW:

In the course of the piece, GWW refers to a young British Muslim woman, Zara Faris. We put up a post about this admirable woman some months ago:

5 thoughts on “GirlWritesWhat: Were women historically oppressed? Are they now, in developing countries?

  1. Taking a historical view. Mary Wolstancroft like her contemporaries expected equity to be both in opportunity and obligation. Rights and Responsibilities were seen as completely linked. Mary W. had little patience for “silly creatures” her descriptions being much the same as “entitlement princesses” and “genetic celebrity” . Of course in a way the rot set in with mid Victorian ideas of female fragility with laws against women working and having debt actually being lobbied for by women’s groups appaled by the idea of women doing dangerous jobs or going to debtors prison. A century later women’s groups lobbied for their repeal and ” women’s” rights but now infected with a heresy of Marxism the rights weren’t now linked to responsibility. The paradox is of course that Mary would find a legion of her silly creatures . Certainly she’d have been aghast at educated doctors leaving practice or being part time having taken the privilege of training and education.

  2. Insightful presentation, GirlWritesWhat says:

    “What feminism seems to be about, is expanding women’s rights without applying any obligations. And expanding women’s entitlements while freeing them from the restrictions and obligations that used to be necessary (on women’s part), for men to be able to fulfil them.

    They are about giving women the advantages of being a man, without any of the costs. And about removing the costs of being a woman, without giving up any of the advantages.”

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