Friday, October 10, 2008

Sunday Scribblings - "If I had to live at a different time in history…"

Do you know what, I thought about it, and thought about it, and thought some MORE about it, and in the end I realised that there is not a single period in time, at any point in the history of humankind, when I would have preferred to live – if I had to live as a woman, that is. (Yes, I could have chosen to imagine myself a man, in which case I would’ve had all of history to choose from and a much bigger post to write - but I didn’t want to change my gender, even in imagination.)

So, I don’t think women have had a good deal ever, and the present time is probably the best that it has ever been for us. Maybe things will improve in the future, maybe at some point women will not have to kowtow to the unreasonable demands of society and religion … but there’s no way of telling just HOW far into the future that will be. So yeah, I’m glad I’m living in the here and now.

20 comments:

Terrie said...

I agree with you! Plus the modern equipment like washing machines, refrigerators, computers etc. make it nice too!

Kamini said...

Now we're lucky to be able to read about those times or watch movies, from the comfort of our present-day lives!
Although things are FAR from perfect today.
Kamini.

Ravi Kumar said...

yes ur r right... my GF dominates me a lot... this wudnt have happened years ago.. but i wud have preferred some other time to live..this isnt an ideal time for men...

Stan Ski said...

Another time and place - perhaps in the future?

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Nope, the scene is still not ideal -- here in India at least. Far from it. It has not even improved to MY satisfaction he he.

linda may said...

Yes I agree with you. I have been trying to work out what to write on this prompt and reading what others have written about it. Today's women have it good compared to women in other periods of history and I am definitely a woman and couldn't imagine not being one.

mumbaigirl said...

Agree-strangely this is exactly what a friend of mine said to me the other day!

Linda Jacobs said...

It took me forever to figure out when I wanted to live. I like what you chose!

mspennylane said...

The same thought has been crossing my mind as I write about where I would want to be in history. It is true it really hasn't been long that women have had such freedom and power.

Texasblu said...

AMEN! I chose here and now too. The past SUCKS for women!

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

et tu? i was thinking the same thing last week...

anthonynorth said...

It's interesting that if you go to many societies from prehistory, there is much evidence that the feminine actually ruled.
History seems to be very much a man thing - so far.

B. Roan said...

I agree wholeheartedly. BJ

Patois said...

Yes, I'm with you on that. Today is the best to-date for us women-folk.

tumblewords said...

Yes, it is the best SO FAR. Hope we can continue to build better on top of where we are. Good post!

Marty E. said...

Indeed...no time like the present...

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just another mommy said...

I hope women think the same thing in future too...that would mean progress!

Nita Jo said...

That's what I had been thinking also. I ended up not writing anything for this prompt, but just because my life has been a bit hectic lately. I hope to get back to writing very soon.
Good job!

globalindyan said...

how true. yay to girl power!