As feminists claim, not totally unreasonably, women’s choices were constrained for many hundreds of years. Of course, some “choices” (like going to sea or down a mine to eke a living) were not too attractive.
Be that as it may, this control and protection of women had one odd side-effect. It saved women from having to make many moral choices that men had to make. With fewer rights, they also had fewer responsibilities.
Generations of not having to make as many difficult moral choices as men: of sometimes even being told which men to avoid; that things like abortion were unthinkable; that slutty clothing would attract unwanted attention; and of going directly from the authority of their father to that of their husband: all of this insulated women from the need to learn how to behave like full adults.
What we are seeing from feminist behaviour is how women behave when they are given total freedom from criticism. Freedom that most men will never experience.
But what we are also seeing is some real pushback developing; both from men exasperated by the increasing nuttiness of feminist behaviour and from other women embarrassed by the behaviour of their sisters. The online WomenAgainstFeminism movement which developed last year is a case in point.
Perhaps we are living through a huge correction. Not so much in women becoming more free. We have lived through that for decades now. But rather with women learning how to handle freedom and behave like adults.
A pessimistic thinker (like Schopenhauer or Otto Weininger) would say that women are incapable of mature moral behaviour, and this was precisely why they were kept protected from their own foolishness in the past. On the other hand, I have known women who lead me to believe that women can have good, responsible characters.
A recent article of interest perhaps:
“Men trusted us, they served us, they built our houses, fought our battles and they received our respect embodied in patriarchal structures in return. But now they have nothing. What is more they have found out that if they do give us what power they had, we deprive them of their children, we take their resources and we give them nothing, nothing in return. This time round we can’t expect them to do our bidding, as they did for so long. If we want to win back their trust and if we want them to co-operate with us, and I do, we will have to concede some of our independence and be prepared to place some dependence on them. In this, for their own security, we will have, I am afraid, to allow them to take the lead.”
This woman writer is effectively arguing that women may have to accept some level of subordination to men again. I certainly don’t disagree, although it is intriguing seeing a woman arguing something like that.