22 September 2008

Women and the Means of Production

A question from Davimack about the ethics of blocking
women from certain aspects of campus life got me thinking...

Always a mixed blessing, as it could upset the usual harmony
of my little Inner World.

I attended a college which, for many reasons and not all of them
spiritual I expect, had been closed to anybody who was not bound
for ordination. For almost two hundred years no women had studied
there, but the liberation in the late 1960's, which now seems so old hat,
brought droves of us in.

I have great memories of having the freedom to read non-stop for over four
years and to spend hours with friends who still visit and who keep up
lively conversations on life in general.

While it would have been very useful to have joined the
Beekeepers society while I was a student,
it is probable that the mysterious veiled hats
worn by the true inner circle of students
was probably, by then, the only refuge they
could find from our enthusiasm and energetic
desire to know.

Botanique (Medium)

And in any case, they did own the Means of Production...


Blogger DaviMack said...

And they? Did they not have the same desire to know? Or were they merely ... escaping.

Funny thing: girls perform better in school when they are in all-female classrooms, while boys perform better in mixed-sex classrooms. How does one draw the line?

9/22/2008 9:41 pm  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

A long answer to your question got gobbled up by the Blogger system a few hours ago.

The gender issue is more important in secondary education than in third level, it seems to me.
By the time people have decided on a professional course of study they tend to help one another a lot,regardless of age and gender.

Those beekeepers do continue to be a bit of a mystery, however...

9/23/2008 1:15 pm  

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