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The history of civilization and cruelty to women

Book Summary   by:Helen Karlsalr     Original Author: Helen Karlsalr
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The history of civilization and cruelty to womenHuman being has made a rapid progress through the history, from living in a cave to space walk, from Dark Ages to Renaissance, from illiteracy to computer age. However, through all these changes one fact has not changed at all and that is the cruelty to women. Women have been subjects of atrocity by superstitions, religions, traditions and male egos.We know that prostitution is one of the oldest trades in the world. Women have been the means of the trade and the society (no matter traditionally or religious wise) has always treated the women badly, not the Johns nor the people who benefit the trade. In some parts of the world that women have been considered the descendants of Eve, the women have been treated as sub human with no value of little value. For example through their menstrual cycle, women have been considered unclean, so unclean that they have been banned of going to holy places or touch the holy objects.In Africa a woman gets confided in a shack through her menstruation, because she has been regarded untouchable.In China, a woman’s feet were wrapped by tight straps of cloths to make her feet small and eye pleasing to the male suitors. Nobody ever cared about the pain and agony the poor woman went through. On the other hand a woman with normal feet was considered ugly or low-class, a subject of verbal and emotional abuse. Nobody felt pity for her either.In Russia, a woman with a mole on her left cheek was called a bad omen. People stayed away from her and there were not many chances for her to get married. (A man with a mole on his left cheek was not included in this curse!!)All around the world, women and children are the most vulnerable victims of a war. The armies of conqueror rape the women and kill the children in front of the mothers. Can you imagine the pain, heartache of a shattered life that the woman goes through?Most of the illiterates are women, many victims of prostitution are girls and women, in homicide cases, women are mostly the victims.
Women have been abused emotionally through the history, when they were called Satan’s assistant, when nobody considered them respect worthy, when they always were subordinate to a male and somebody else decided for them. And now the pain and agony the women go through because the society does not like an old or oversized woman. Look at the propaganda, if you are young and slim, you can be successful in doing everything; say having more lovers, better jobs, more respect. There are so many remedies to reduce the speed of aging and increase the speed of metabolism. If they do not work, there are Botox and surgery. Just to keep you young, trim and desirable!Have you ever heard of any successful business women, writer, teacher, doctor or housewife through the media? But you have heard of desperate housewives, the puppets of beauty industry (including plastic surgeons and trainers), the women who believe by showing their hand to a male the world would come to its end, so they should stay covered from head to toe, and the women whose only achievement in their lives are keeping their faces and bodies young.The list is endless. Any solution? Women need to think highly about themselves, respect their nature and gender and shed the old images of women and make a new, respected entity of their own.
Published: October 10, 2006   
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