Thursday, October 06, 2005

What were they thinking?

I was thinking about Woman's Lib the other day. Okay, I am too young to really remember the "golden age" of woman's liberation; I actually would have loved to grow up in the 1970s, mostly for the wardrobe.

To be more precise, I was thinking about Woman's Lib protesting. This had to do with a discussion my hubbie and I had concerning shaving – but I digress, what I really want to talk about today is protesting in the late 60's and early 70's. But before I do, I have to make two caveats:
(1) I am not really big on research, so anything I say in this blog is something that I think I have heard. But I have not verified it, and I trust that if you are reading this blog, you will similarly just trust me and not research the topic. Hey, I was a History Major at one time. How about them credentials?
(2) Please don't complain to me if I say something that insults Woman's Lib. I like what women were trying to do – heck, I probably owe them for helping to narrow the gender equity gap (instead of making 67 cents to the dollar for equal work, I now make about 78 cents to the dollar as compared to a man). And I have often wondered about how they know it is equal work. Men, try wearing panty hose in a meeting in Georgia in the summer. Heck, try finding your one good pair of hose to put on for the meeting. Equal work, my arse. I will move boxes, change laser cartridges, etc., if I don’t have to wear hose. Again, I digress.

Here is my beef with the women's liberation movement of the 1960's – what were you thinking with your protesting techniques. Okay, we women want this, that, and the other thing, and to protest, we are going to burn our bras and go braless. Okay, men, I was not around at the time, but I am imagining men were thinking, "look at 'em bounce" or "I see nips." They were not thinking, "Hmmmm, now we need to take women seriously.

Maybe it was the pot people were smoking – try reasoning with a pot-smoker, and you can see my point. I don't know. All I know is that going braless is not the way to protest against the male establishment.

Consider this – women got the right to vote in 1920 (again, no research here, but let's guess it was the 19th amendment). This was a huge obstacle. Again, I was not around to witness this (and I have not read this either), but here is my theory – women pressured their husbands to support this. And how might a woman pressure their hubbie? Hmmmmm. No support, no nookie. Again, guesswork, but men probably thought "what will my support do for this?" and "I want some." So women got the right to vote.

Fast forward to the proposed Equal Rights Amendment that was never ratified. Women thought, we will pressure men by not wearing bras. Come on ladies, what were you thinking? Men were benefiting from the "sexual liberation" or women and we protest by showing our titties.


Ddot the King said...

Sounds like the perfect way to protest to me!!!! In fact I think you should spearhead a new updated protest. Take those bras and shove'em ladies...that'll teach us men a lesson! :)

Lisa said...

Well, every Tuesday, you are encouraged to do just that...I haven't exactly started a movement yet, but I consider Tuesdays to be sorely in need of a little excitement so Braless Tuesdays was born. Ok, enough of that. I agree with your point entirely, and love your approach--research is for sissies!

Jerry said...

Bingo! I aggree it wasn't such a good idea the whole bra burning stunt.
I think burning Draft Cards might have had a little better effect.

Most of the pot smoking girls I grew up with didn't wear bras anyway...homegrown hippie chicks don't.

Women are probably more influential behind the scenes like you said about getting the vote and urging their husbands to go for it.

never underestimate the power of the sex...or lack of it.

Video X said...

great views you have there! quite entertaining as well. although...maybe they were sorta some booby...get what you want right? hey, i'm not beneath those things! just kidding ...sorta...that and i'm lacking in the boob area so mine wont get me anywhere in life.

i like your digressions too! YES NO PANTYHOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVIL THINGS! i rarely wear them to work in the summer anymore. i'm waiting to get in trouble hasnt happened yet!

Hernesto G said...

The bible has this to say about women:

"Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church, for Adam was formed first, then Eve."
1 Corinthians 14:34-36


Mark said...

yeah... the Bible was written by men in power. So, they wrote it to keep in power. What would you expect?

The Seeker said...

Was that golden age or golden shower? Just checking. The reality is that women are more than 51% of the population. They could have a woman president anytime they want... so what is stopping them? No Comment.

Long Iron said...

We actually have a law up here that allows women to go topless if they wanted to. The problem is, the women who take advantage of that should be wrapped in a tarp anyway. As for the hose,there are probably men who are already wearing panty hose under their business suits. Try picturing that when your in your next meeting and keep a straight face!

Leesa said...

Hernesto G: At that time in the history of the Church, men and women sat in different areas of the Church (visit the Wailing Wall or a conservative beach in Israel, and you can get a taste for this even today). Since women were not encouraged to take up study of the Bible, can you imagine women shouting across to their husbands, asking them question? And Paul is just asking them to shut up.

"There is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." (Gal. 3:28)

mark: I enjoy reading the Bible - seems that this is encouraged in many Protestant religions.

seeker: Golden showers were in the 80s, methinks.

vid x: Power to the people. I actually have gone without hose at work for a while (unless I am really dressed up).

ddot and jerry: Thanks for your sweet comments.

Lisa: Sounds like you are spicing up Tuesdays.