Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Pushing that misogynistic boulder up Mount Everest

There's no denying that the Australian baby boomer generation have lived through widespread social change.

Morphing social mores and technological evolution over the last seventy years (rather than violent national revolution) mean that our lives bear little resemblance to what they were in the late 1940s and early 1950s when we first started to look at life around us.

Women have probably noticed the change more because we have gone from an obligatory post-puberty shackling with girdles, suspender belts, gloves and hats each time we wanted to leave the house to a free and easy form of dress and, these days are not automatically directed away from higher education and a career towards early motherhood and domestic slavery.

Yet from a female perspective there are still constant reminders of how puny that progress actually is when a young man happily ensconced with wife and children can widely email this 'joke':

What do you say to a woman with 2 black eyes?
Nothing, she's been told twice already.

It's enough to make one cry.

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