At 10:34 PM 1/07/00 -0500, Bonnie wrote:
>while I adore men
>as friends and lovers, I prefer women as house-mates. For one thing, they
>don't try to own me. But the owning thing may be cultural rather than
Yeah - after the longest time, we're very belatedly starting to escape from
the almost universal cultural rule that men own women.
There's been a lot of woo-woo bullshit mythologising of the wondrous sexual
equality of `primitive' cultures such as traditional Australian aborigines.
This latter instance seems at first glance to have some plausibility,
because men and women have powerfully policed separate `sacred business',
rituals, liturgy, tasks, etc. But the evidence is that these archaic
cultures were brutally patrist anyway. Women had a tough time, unless they
knuckled under. It's not an accident that so many legends and folk tales in
so many cultures are about rape and other sexual property infringements...
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