'…. I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon women's inconsistency. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.'
'Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage in telling us their own story. Education has been theirs to a much higher degree; the pen has been in their hands……'"
Captain Harville & Anne Elliot
Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1818)
pinksplendor asked: In reply to the heart of a woman graphic, I think you may forget that it is okay for us to have a sense of humor. It isn't serious and I don't think anyone would take it as such, you know? If there was one about men, would we say how unfair it is and post about it? We are only treated equal when we behave like it.
When the heart was created (circa 1830-1840), no country in the world allowed women to vote. Women did not have the right to own property or serve on juries. Wife beating was only in the most severe cases occasionally considered criminal. Legally women were paid less than men around the world for the same work. Women were property.
The arguments against allowing women to participate fully in society ranged from the Victorian angel in the home (women are too pure for things like politics) to the idea that women were too simple minded and easily swayed to be afforded such rights.
The heart isn’t a joke, it is misogyny. Even in its historical context, it is a very harsh view of women. I can see how a more humorous version of this could be created (novel reading would get to stay), but this is not good hearted.
No one should have to prove that they deserve equality. No one should assume that a person is less capable or less intelligent or less caring because of their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Some people are less smart and less kind than others, but that should be something judged by their behavior not assumed based on stereotypes.
Every group deserves to be treated equally.