Woman’s Rights 1

This is the first in a series of posts on woman’s rights. I don’t know how many posts, because I am just starting to learn how big the issue is. I have always been for woman’s rights and equal rights, but with just my big toe sticking out the closet door. I am out now, because the issue is too important to keep silent. I have been doing some research lately. It is a little troubling how deep the problem is imbedded in civilization. Lots of laws have been passed and more need to come, but the problem is so culturally based and biased, effective enforcement of the laws and social and attitude change will come slowly and require constant pressure on all fronts. I just read the other day: The United States is 45th in the world on the issue of woman’s rights. How sad is that. The current powers in Washington would probably like to see us farther down the list. To make real change, some difficult positions will have to addressed. I am currently about half way through The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior. It is a huge, very thorough book written in France in 1948. It brings nearly all the issues and background into one place. It is still very relevant today. If you decide to read it, read the 2009 translation by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. It is much more complete than the 1953 translation.

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