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Unpopular opinions: feminism by Marsmar Unpopular opinions: feminism by Marsmar
This is probably going to be my most unpopular opinion so let me explain where I'm coming from.

Often times you'd hear feminists describe history as a patriarchy where men did everything for the benefit of other men and tried their hardest to keel women down. I for one find this claim to be incredibly inaccurate for a few different reasons.

1. Infant mortality. Pretty much any time before the 20th century, there was a very high chance that any new borns would die. Throw in the fact that Germ theory wasn't known for most of human history and medical practices were about as safe as a back alley abortion and you should get a good idea of what the 19th century and back were like.

So why is this important? Because women were largely needed to pass on the heritage. Everyone from the highest of royals to the lowest of laborers wanted to pass on their legacy.
Since keeping kids alive at that time wasn't at all easy, people needed to have more kids. Hell, that's basically the reason why Pasteur went on to discover the Germ theory, because his kids died and he wanted to know what caused it.

And why is this important? Because in those times, taking care of kids really was a full time responsibility. Think of every piece of equipment that makes lives easier. Indoor plumbing, electricity, heaters and air conditioning, the vacuum, the stove and oven, the washing machine, and the refrigerator.
All those appliances that we now have makes life easier and completes tasks faster didn't exist for most of human history so any tasks around the house that needed to be done took a lot longer and was a full time job.
If you really want to know why people wanted women to say at home, it's because they're the only people who can carry on people's legacy. Not the most glamorous idea today but it was very important in the past.

So at this point you're probably saying that society was in fact men oriented because men went to work and women stayed at home. This leads me to the second point.

2. Did woman really want to be like men

Place yourself in the shoes of a common laborer. What is your day like?
You wake up early in the morning, you spend hours and hours in work under conditions parallel to slavery because the companies consider you expendable. Perhaps your a farmer so your work long hours under the blazing sun cutting wheat for minimum pay. Looks like it's war time! Now it's your duty as a citizen to leave your home and family and risk your lives for a conflict that you might not even believe in. All of this and you share the fruits of your labor with the family.

The point is, the life for almost every man in history sucked. Sure, there was the rich and powerful who controlled everything, and that's somewhat the point of the comic. That the feminists were wrong when they said history was one gender keeping another down when it was more like one class keeping another down. Feminists complain that men were able to work but they never mention what jobs men had. They never mention the coal mines and the factories, just the fact that men had jobs. If anything, women were the most privileged gender since they weren't required to work like men did.

3. As for the last point, I want to discuss the issue with the idea that everything men did in the past was strictly for men. This idea has so many errors in it I don't even know where to begin? What did men to only for men? Was it the invention of birth control that allowed women to enjoy sex without getting pregnant? Was it making laws that state men have to give in a good percentage of their income to the wife and kid even if the wife wants to be a single mom? Or was it the law forbidding female genetical mutilations while completely ignoring male genital mutilation?
Saying that men only did things for men is an error filled absolute. You might not hear about the men in favor of woman's suffrage, but chances are you don't hear much about white people who attended the Martin Luther King Jr rally either.

Now I'm aware that there were cases where men limited what power women had such as the right to vote and getting an education, but the point is that the patriarchy feminists talk about when discussing history is vastly over exaggerated and leaves out incredibly important details. That's the point.

Finally, some of you might have read through this and said "but I support equal rights for both genders and I'm a feminist". Sure, that's fine. I couldn't call you a feminist in good conscious because though the followers of feminism can differ greatly, the ideology itself heavily implies a woman oriented favoritism. But if you do want equality between the genders, that's great. I do too. Just don't be supporting grossly inaccurate portrayals of history.

Here's an interesting video that covers this subject: [link]
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GrumpyOldRossco Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Very well said mate. 
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
This comic illustrates your point very effectively. :iconthumbsupplz: It's a shame so many people won't even consider the possibility that the feminist version of history they've been taught isn't accurate.
Destinedtalent Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
In those times women were to sit pretty and hope against hope that a man would fall for her and marry her so she could have his babies etc.

Pride and Prejudice was banned because Jane Bennett refused to marry a man. In those times if you said no to a marriage proposal you were condemning yourself to being an old maid and living off your family. If you said yes you were forcing yourself to be stuck with someone you barely knew living off them for the rest of your life.

If you were from a poor family you could become a ladies seamstress, or a nanny, or sell flowers on the streets. Although the biggest profession was prostitution, and women had NO rights, men had the say in EVERYTHING.

Later on it continued the same way women could work in sewing factories, or look after children, could be a nurse or a house keeper. Until the war era when the government needed women to work in the factories etc to help build ammunition etc for wartime. 

So... In conclussion women had it bad then, women were just as replaceable as men, more so because so many died during cildbirth, so men would remarry once their wives died.
GrumpyOldRossco Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Until society evolved, society had a huge social investment in its survival and this required pretty rigid social roles. For the reasons the owner of the journal wrote in the introduction. 
This was a huge burden for both men and women. It was only after society had evolved that we were able to move into a position that we did not HAVE to adhere to these strict roles in society. 

Basically, it was tough on everyone. Women were not slaves of a Patriarchy. Men and women had shit options and did and chose what they could. Him lumbered with all the responsibility and welfare of a growing family and she to produce that family. 

By the way Elizabeth Bennett refused the man and Jane Bennett married Mr Bingley that proposed to her. 
DimmuBorgirmi Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Too true...
AgentStyx Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Women weren't ALLOWED in those types of jobs

Also prostitution is historically one of the most dangerous jobs there are that mostly women have gone/ go into.

But you don't care right? Whatever pleases your dick.
victoria-wayne Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
ZacharyTC Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I don't like how history is distorted, either.
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LadyTime11 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013

I really hate when someone calls "your only job in life is to bear and rise a child” a privilege. it is not.

in history, there were a lot of unfair stuff.

 you say work in a coal mine sucks. I say being „forced” by society to carry, bear and raise a child, even if you don’t want to… also sucks.

It is unfair when your only value in life is not you yourself, but your child. man had value in themselves….

and the biggest difference? man was allowed to lead.  women wasn’t.  end of story.

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