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How times changed
2009-06-26 09:18 pm (UTC)
One of the bits that stood out most to me was when Jeannine, the most oppressed one, agreed to marry her boyfriend. She didn't really want to marry him, but she couldn't progress in a career (because of discrimination), and she didn't have any other romantic prospects, and she couldn't stay single forever because her family was pressuring her to get married.
So she said yes, and then she told her family, and (quoted from memory) "it was the first time in her life that she had done something perfectly OK."
Just OK. Not scenes of rejoicing, not cause for celebration or congratulations. The best achievement of her life was just that no one could find grounds to criticize her right this minute.
I've read a lot of second-wave feminist writing, and I run into systemic sexism and casual insults myself, so sometimes it looks like all the same problems are still here unchanged. And then I run into something like that, and it shows me how much things have improved.
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