Survival

June 1, 2007 at 8:38 am (feminism, sexist, women's rights)

Julia was at her wide-mouthed best last night (ja, I watched Mona Lisa Smile on etv!). But this movie disturbed me more than I care to admit.
If it is historically more or less accurate – and I suspect it is – I am so eternally grateful I was not alive in the 1950s. School nurses being fired for handing out contraception; university (!) students having to take lessons on how to look after their husbands and kids; 30 years old being seen as old maid… Oh, I feel faint just thinking of it.
I can’t imagine not being able to choose whether I want to be on contraceptives or have an abortion. Not being able to choose what I want to do or having my own thoughts. Unable to do anything on my own and being labeled an outcast if I have free will. Having to get married so young – then just being married and nothing else. And having to take classes on how to run a home/please your man? In his dreams, ja.
I just can’t imagine that life, the injustice of it all. How did women survive? How did they get through it?
How did they go to bed at night thinking, “Wow, what a great life, I’m so happy.”
How could things have gone on like this?

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10 Comments

  1. madamm said,

    To be honest with you, I think there were very few of them that knew of a life outside of the one they were supposed to, no wait, destined to lead.

  2. tbhanks said,

    I think it “the roles they were born to fulfill”. Can you imagine how vervelig it must’ve been. I’m telling you, I would’ve slit my wrists if I had to get excited about showing off my washine machine!!!

  3. madamm said,

    good heavens. I think we’d have been outcasts- hello you’re supposed to be proud of your new oven!

  4. tbhanks said,

    I would’ve been so proud, I would’ve got in and roasted myself.

  5. kash99 said,

    The way i feel today (about working at this God forsaken place) i’d love to be one of those girls right now..

  6. tbhanks said,

    Nee!!! That’s not true. You would’ve died in those days my dear Kash99. Or you would’ve killed someone. I’m going for the latter more than the former…

  7. kash99 said,

    True..but today!!! I have a news editor from hell.. and well, i’d rather be home with my cats right now..oh! and its piss cold here!!

  8. tbhanks said,

    Can’t be colder than here dear. And after not being able to sleep because of severe thunderstorms…well, let’s just say I empathise…
    Hopefully you won’t have to work late today though. What are the chances of going home early? I fucking hate Mondays.

  9. kash99 said,

    I fucking hate mondays too..esp this one..i think i just woke up on the wrong side of teh bed..and no it colder here…ur guys temps was 12 and 16…ours was 6 and 18..not much different..i guess..apparently its going to drop to 0 again.. ai the electricity bill..jirre its kak being a homeowner!!! i take back the other comment from the other blog..dont buy a house, i’m kakking bricks at the moment!!

  10. tbhanks said,

    He, he. I don’t even care about electricity bills right now. The wind is blowing me to kingdom come. Glad I don’t have to worry about bonds and shit.

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