Women and Society

Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page: the men so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all. ~Jane Austen

My goodness!  The women made it possible for men to do all those nasty things, I suppose, by keeping house and raising children.  But since the birth control and women-in-the-workplace revolutions, where are we now?  It seems that both men and women are just racing to keep up, with a few dropping out (like my husband) to create a home and a saner existence.  What is the role of women in today’s world?

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4 Responses to Women and Society

  1. Diane says:

    I’m reading Bernstein’s book about Hillary Clinton, A Woman in Charge, and boy, does that treat the question of the role of women. Right from the start, this woman has been vilified for being UNEXPECTED. She’s too smart, too strong, too unattractive, too abrasive, too involved in her husband’s career, too pushy, not feminine enough… fill in the blank. The list goes on ad infinitum. And I’m only up to 1993! And every criticism, it seems to me, comes out of her not being what the perceiver expected her to be. Seems like whenever we are faced with the unexpected, we react (out of fear?) negatively. And this reaction is especially virulent when the unexpected element is female. Maybe because society sets SO MANY expectations for the [appropriate] behavior of women.
    I would love to vote for Hillary Clinton for president — I think she’s got all the qualities I’d want in a president– but I don’t think she could be effective in the White House. Not because she’s not competent, but because the idea of her in a powerful position seems to raise so many hackles in so many people. I envision another round of right wing attacks resulting in 4-8 more years of nothing but sidetracks. She may not even be electable. People I speak with don’t think, polls to the contrary, that most men (and many women) will vote for a woman.
    I think our treatment of H. Clinton is emblematic of how our society as a whole still regards women as second class in every respect.

  2. Teresa says:

    I am in complete agreement with this statement. No matter how intelligent she is, and how good a leader she would make, the compromises she would be (and already is) forced to make in order to “get along” with people in politics would ultimately make her ineffective as well.

    I would love to vote for a woman who is not afraid to tell the truth ALL THE TIME! I’m so sick of people, both men and women, with no backbone. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that the leader of our nation be the most intelligent, the most persuasive, the most honest and decent person that lives in this entire country. So, where are you????

    And, would it be too much to ask that just ONCE we could elect an atheist? Or at least somebody who is not beholden to Pat Robertson and his ilk? Where is our Thomas Paine or Carl Sagan or Eleanor Roosevelt? Please, tell me, it’s not too late for our kids to create a better world than we did. What happened to separation of church and state? Okay, I went off on a roll. Sorry.

  3. quotesqueen says:

    My friend Elaine says she would love to see a Gore-Obama ticket. I suppose that would have a better chance than Hillary Clinton. I hate to see Clinton chosen as the Dem candidate, since I’m most skeptical that she is electable, for all the reasons Diane points out, and with the albatross of Bill around her neck.

    Isn’t it time, though, for this pendulum to swing back, so that a black or female candidate for Pres or VP is a possibility? The backlash from the 60s, it seems to me, should be nearing its end–at least I hope we’re going to no greater extreme than the Bush administration…

  4. Teresa says:

    I would vote for an Obama-Edwards ticket – I think that is the one with the real possibility of winning and making change in this country.

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