Why have women’s rights been such an issue? Why has Feminism been a movement year after year? Why have women not simply been able to take the rights they do have, and establish the ones they want? Why, fourteen centuries ago, did Islam give women rights they hadn’t enjoyed previously? Has this business of women’s rights been churning souls even before that?
I think so, and I know why. It’s simple.
Men are bigger and stronger than women. In the animal kingdom, the strong lord it over the weak. Human kids do it all the time, before parents and civil authorities convince them to use more refined methods of getting what they want. People do have an animal nature. Men are able to control women simply by threat of physical force, and how many women, even today, or maybe especially today, find themselves under the thumbs of abusers simply because as women, they do not have the physiology to defend themselves?
I believe the physical superiority of men over women lay at the crux of all issues regarding women’s rights. When you strip off the overlay of culture, religion and civil order, and combine that with women’s vulnerable physical status while pregnant and nursing, you are left with a physically stronger male who is able to exert his will simply because the physically vulnerable woman cannot surpass him.
If my theory holds water, women’s rights will continue to challenge societies until women develop the musculature of men, and also until men learn how to carry babies. In other words, not in my lifetime.