It’s time to look in the mirror – the mirror of history – and reassess the female behavior.
Throughout history, women have always been seen as a symbol of purity, the representation of goodness, and beauty – the incorruptible creature. They were trusted with the upbringing of the young boys who were destined to rule the nation. If women were not respected, they would not have been given such a high esteem in the eyes of men.
Hence when a woman was caught in immoral behavior such as prostitution, the loss of her virtuous nature (virginity), and adultery, they were highly condemned and punished by men. I’m not justifying the measures taken during these times, but I can certainly understand their mentality. For what they saw was the corruption of an incorruptible being, this is the origin of the double standard that is still present amongst the sexes in modern-day.
Thus, if women were seen as the epitome of purity and goodness, men were the corrupt beings – the ones who dwell within evil.
It is no wonder that poets, writers, painters, and artists of all kinds were highly infatuated with the female gender. For they were walking pieces of art and as such needed to be taken care of and men needed to become worthy of their attention. Men had to go to great lengths in order to become worthy of a lady.
Of course, equality was very much lacking in those times. And the need for women to be treated equality in any environment was a much-needed reform.
The role of women in history cannot be undermined and their struggle for equality has had its ups and downs. In over 100 years, a lot has changed in our society and the biggest leaps in social changes have probably occurred in the last 50 – 60 years.
Even though the women’s rights movement started in 1848, it isn’t until after World War I that we start seeing a real change in the role of women. While most men were abroad fighting, women took their spots in the workforce proving that they’re just as capable as men to perform any task at hand. The movements were very successful in achieving more equality, almost equal pay, and less discrimination. Nonetheless, there’s still a long way to go before women are seen as equals in all nations and cultures.
However, I’m certain that if the women that led those movements saw women today, they’d be utterly disappointment and embarrassed.
So, in a society were the modern-day woman is more educated and has more opportunities than her predecessors, why is it that men have lost the respect for women?
The younger the generation of women today, the more disappointing they behave.
Equality does not mean downgrading yourself to the point of losing all self-respect for yourself and allowing others to walk all over you.
The reason why I say this is because as women’s rights started to gain more momentum a new movement surfaced – feminism. Feminism took equality to a new level. Instead of encouraging men to treat women equally and not discriminate, it fostered the believe that women could do anything a man could and they didn’t need men in order to survive – while the latter is true, the former isn’t fully true: both men and women are biologically different, each sex is designed to have certain advantages over the other in certain activities, but that does not mean one is superior than the other. However Feminism, in a way, feminism promoted the discrimination of women towards men, fostering ideas like one could do whatever she wanted even if society didn’t approve – if men could get away with it, why couldn’t women?
The effect of this mentality has been the loss of respect men have for women. Men no longer need to prove themselves worthy of a lady because they’re now throwing themselves to their feet. Women – the incorruptible creature – is now the corrupted being. Thus by women acting like men, men have no need to respect women, and consequently, the message transmitted is that women don’t need to be given more positions of power because they won’t bring anything new to the table and they’re as dirty as men are – or even worse.
So, ladies, next time to want to throw yourself at a man or behave like them, just remember that you’re not doing anyone any good, you’re harming your image and chances for success. Let men see how valuable and amazing you are and make them work for your approval not the other way around.