My friend Andreas has started a post about feminism where everyone agrees: equal rights and opportunities and men and women are as equal as opinion can suppose them to be. I do not mean this to be dismissive or insulting, but a record of how much people agree. This, I suppose, is fundamental to the regime.
But my friend Adam quoted an instance of how extreme feminism was once thought: women used to not vote. Further, in Switzerland, every moderate's idea of a republic in modern times, women did not vote, I was told, as a kind of reproach to that inestimable people. Confident however that the Swiss will live with such imagined shame, I note that they may have been right.
This is the Great Debate and I wonder whether anyone is willing to consider the alternative, which is also known as our past. It may have been wrong; it may not be. Why ought women to vote? As everyone seems very clear on this, it is merely a matter of explaining it to me. My interlocutors here, friendly or otherwise, must have noticed that I am not incompetent; I am aware women do vote and was forced in history classes to learn when in different countries around the world. I am merely asking for the reason behind this fact. For those who care to know that I am a man and hence can afford to make the argument: true - but how many men do in fact make it?
To correct one misconception, if women were involved in this process, securing the vote in America, it must be the suffragettes who get the credit, not feminism, an entirely different thing and a later apparition in the public square. Finally, I believe the fact that black men already had the right to vote shows that the question is about men and women not about race or anything of the like. Imagine that in other countries, unlike in America, there were no slaves, so it was not even an issue.
And yet women did not vote once. And now they do. People now take it for granted and call people in previous times primitive or worse. But why?