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“Nobody minds if a woman is a good writer, sculptor, or expert in genetics, as long as she is also a good wife, a good mother, attractive, is always in a good mood, well dressed, made up, and never complains.” Marya Mannes
Many of us can afford the luxury of longing for independence, individuality, and authenticity now. However, in many parts of the planet, we still struggle fiercely for freedom of expression, equality, religious tolerance, and other ways of expressing ourselves. Even in countries that promote and defend civil rights, matters of Consciousness are entirely subjected to appearances. An individual believes itself free if it has goods and privileges, and can “do” what it wants in the illusory privacy of home. Inwardly, the same beliefs and habitual patterns of thinking and feeling of the middle ages still reign, and an inexplicable dissatisfaction brews.
We might ask ourselves, what is it that women want if we already vote and have access to the same professions and civil rights as men do? Is this a female matter?