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This historical excerpt is from a totally priceless Norwegian textbook from the 50’s on fashion and fashion history. I found it somewhere in the mountains last time I needed time away from civilization, and copied it word by word as I thought this had to be shared (although some men seem to feel… threatened by evidence like this).
A couple of millenniums of antiquity give me the freedom to reproduce this text, in which the priestess of Mallorca talks with a Greek refugee about the Hellenic male-dominated society:
She asked: “Who can this male god-father be? Fathers are instruments a woman uses because she feels like it, and to be a mother”. She laughed with disdain and shouted: “I have never heard anything like that before! This is truly brilliant… fathers! I guess the Hellenic fathers nurse their children themselves also, sow the land, pollinate the fig trees, legislate and carry out all the other female chores.”
She tramped down impatiently, and her face turned dark in anger. “It is the woman, not the man who decides. She is the hand, he always the tool. She commands, he obeys. Isn’t the woman the one who chooses and conquers the man, with her sweetness and her scent, and orders him to lie down on his back? And then she rides on top of him like a wild horse she has tamed, enjoys with him and then walks away from him like a dead body? Isn’t the woman the one who rules the den and -if any of her lovers displease her with laziness and obstinacy- warns him three times before she commands him to collect his belongings, and disappear in the men’s shelter?”