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We're not really making progress beyond this point, or even to this point in many cases. Culture is like a skipping record it would seem.
I'm learning fun facts though. Did you know that the failed ERA amendment to the constitution basically restated the amendment that gave women the vote, but generalized it - but then unlike that amendment, stated that it would not go into effect until two years after it was ratified? What the fuck is that last part about?
People think it failed because working-class women didn't support it. I feel like there's a big disconnect in the life expectations of women who hire nannies and housekeepers vs. women who are hired as nannies and housekeepers. To the former, economic independence from a male head of household means more power and freedom. To the latter, not having a husband helping out means the standard of living will be way lower for the kids. Poor women with kids are more likely to want men to be old-fashioned men and to have an old-fashioned family structure, and one reason is that there is no fucking way that they can do it all themselves as well as a two-parent family could. Division of labor and specialization makes sense if your family can't afford to hire help, making every person's skills a crucial contribution. In which case equality might sound good, but it doesn't really parse; it's not like he can help you gestate. It just sounds stupid. More helpful in that scenario are the values of loyalty and commitment. Letting guys off the hook in terms of responsibility might not seem worth being seen as equal in power and authority. But, this only applies to straight breeders, really.
That said, equal pay for equal work is something that I personally favor, but I think it should apply to everyone. Women are in an odd position because at first glance we look more like children than men do, and you know how absolutely shittily society treats children. Which, if you ask me, is the social issue that needs to be addressed the most. How can you end up with a person who understands the ethical use of power if their training is unjust, irrational, authoritarian, or abusive? Well you can't. People aren't really taught critical thinking and ethics unless they go to college. That used to be only 10% of adults in the US; scary thought. Everyone else just spent the rest of their lives reacting to their childhood training. I'm glad that it's far more common to get a college degree these days; we'll say where that takes us.
Note that more women are going to college than men these days. Picture a world where women have cultivated critical thinking skills, and men have not. It's gonna be weird. Like beastiality kinda? We'll jump out at them in feathered masks and shake rattles at them, informing them that the gods are angered by their disobedience.
Did you also know that the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971 because of the Draft? It used to be 21. Crazy stuff.