So I'm posting about something that has bothered me a bit over the last few weeks.
But first, let me preface this with a little history.
Women, as a whole have not been able to speak their minds all that long. So I guess that I really just ought to bee grateful to write this at all.
In my Early Modern English class, we were talking about the witch trials in England. First let me give you some stats: 80% of the witch convicted were women. Only 24% of people accused were convicted, but numbers were much higher on the continent. All of the men and women who were convicted were executed, through any number of ways. Burning was most popular on the continent, it made sure there were no relocation or burial sites. In England, hanging or drowning were most used.
So what does this have to do with anything?
Well, the main reason that the vast majority of these executions were women is because women were thought to be made of lesser stuff, both in moral quality and physically. In order to have made a pact with the devil, as many of these women were thought to have, one must have had intercourse either with the devil himself or one of his demons. Men could still do so, but women did so more commonly because they did not have the reasoning or resistance that men did. They could not tell the difference between their human lovers and their demon lovers. They were also seen to be the sexual predators i their time. Men were "seduced" by women, they just couldn't help themselves.
So, in the cultural conscious of that era, women held very little sway in the affairs of their time. We have come very far in the last 450-ish years.
But I have one bone to pick with our more modern, more civilized society. Why is it that when a man does something distasteful or cruel, he is a jerk or a bastard, but when a women is, she is a slut or whore? Why is every insult thrown at a woman tied immediately to her Sexuality? Her moral quality should have nothing or at least very little to do with her "looseness" sexaully. This there still a stigma about women's mental capacity tied with her sexual activity? I would hope not.
Oh wait, Rush Limbaugh.