Something a little Macabre for the season!
When you go for a stroll through a park it is common to come upon a statue.
A statue of a man is likely to be dressed in period clothes, have a name and date attached, along with some idea of the deeds he has contributed to society.
A statue of a woman is likely to be an idealized generic beauty that comes not with a name but with a quality like Justice, Mercy or Liberty.
Next, go to an art museum and look at the pictures of women that have been revered by society for centuries. You will find marvelous depictions of women from the perspective of the brilliant male artist.
And the histories of the world have very little to say about women and children. I guess they were busy doing other things. Too busy to write about themselves it’s certain!
Reading much of the great literature requires a transposing of he for she if a lady is to take the journey of the protagonist. It’s exhausting!
In our modern culture women are still predominately drawn from male ‘ideas’ of women – don’t make me use statistics!
We have been taking in ‘ideas’ of what a woman is for so many centuries while living in political/cultural/religious institutions built from a male perspective how is it even possible that real women are still inside women!
I know you are in there!
Let’s get inventing! Emergency Style!