[LMB] Spirit Ring - Fathers & Daughters

Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Wed Sep 8 01:10:28 BST 2021


> > Not until women have the freedom to not spend their entire lives gestating
> > and caring for children do their non-homemaking skills matter.  And that's

It's historically ignorant to think women were doing nothing but raising
babies and being homemakers.

Mesopotamian letters include merchants making business-related requests
of their wives.

Proverbs 31 describes "the virtuous woman" who doesn't make clothing and
manage the household but sells goods.

City women of medieval Europe often ran businesses, either of their own
or inherited from a dead husband.  Brewers were predominantly women for
most of history, including commercial brewing.

Medieval Europe also had women doctors, who got pushed out later.
Some cities had guilds of female artisans.

Abbesses were full feudal lords and administrators.

Ancient Egyptian women held property, negotiated contracts, and brought
lawsuits.

There's a Roman statue of a girl reading.

It's also pretty silly to think that numeracy and literacy don't matter
for homemaking, e.g. recordkeeping, or reading manuals. 

-xx- Damien X-)


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