So, this weekend, I was talking to a woman who made the unfortunate mistake of telling me that women were not allowed to vote until "sometime in the 1900's". The "statement" got brought up while discussing a T.V. show that takes place in colonial America.
Boy, these "non-hateful" and "not filled with vindictive rage" women sure know their history well don't they?
Anyhoo, I pointed out to her that that was not entirely correct.
I told her that the first woman voter was named Lydia Taft, and she voted in 1756 (this is here in the U.S.A - you can look it up on Wikipedia).
She then went on a spat - something along the lines of, "why is it everytime I mention something about the history of women, some woman-hater gets in my face with their opinions".
I replied, "Lydia Taft voting is not my opinion, it is a fact. You cannot say that stating facts is an opinion."
Anyway, she then went on about how women were not allowed to get educations, or careers.
I rebuttled with the FACT that there are records of women being dentists and doctors in the 1800's - possibly earlier if I did more research (and possibly other careers as well - again, if I did more research).
Again, she stated that I was simply a woman-hater, "stating my opinions".
Clearly, a poison has been introduced into many women's minds these days. Facts about history are now "opinions", and facts about women are also "opinions".
Also, a man (myself) who does not view women in days past as poor helpless victims, but rather, productuve members of society (educated, capable, intelligent) is what constitutes a "woman-hater".
AND - why is it that so many women, eventhough these "alleged things" took place so long ago - feel personally victimized by them??
These things exist in most women - whether they call themselves feminists or not. They also exist in women - whether they call themselves traditionalists or not.
All I have to say is, "WTF?!"
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