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Mar. 5th, 2016 10:45 am
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I've been thinking a lot about Women's history and how there's been generations of struggle for women trying to find their place in Men's history or what we've ignorantly shortened to "History". Women's history never seemed important enough to document or else it was paraphrased through the lens of the effect on Men. Everything is able to be shaped and ultimately is twisted and shaped to become's a story about Men.

Women voting becomes a story about how Men's lives are affected. Women giving birth becomes about the continuity of the male ancestry. Women seem to be an after-thought. An entire people that shares the earth and yet has no voice. No voice that Man can recognize at least, because let's not forget that all language and communication must be a Man's communication.

For generations upon generations it has be a Woman's struggle to meet the demands and rules and expectations of a Man's society. Do men bother to learn the language of the women? Rarely. Both sexes ask the question - "What does it mean to be a woman?" or "What does it mean to be a man?"

But here's the catch. Men do not ask it like that - not using the term "man" because they see themselves as the only people on the earth. They ask "what does it mean to be a person/a success/a contribution to society?" Thus equating "man" defined by man into "success/contribution".

Women are therefore forced to ask both questions of themselves, because a women must learn to survive and even thrive in a man's earth. Women follow "success" as defined by man while also following the generations of womanhood as defined by women.

Man never needs to live in more than a "Man's" world and therefore only asks the one question "What does it mean to be a person/success/contribution" without even bothering to notice that this question is defined only by Man and not Woman. In fact Man would rarely if ever ask the question "What does it mean to be a woman?" since in his eyes he would never need to.

And so the mystery of the Woman is become.

A Woman has taken two identities. A Man has taken his own only. In a man's world, it must seem a masquerade - What is a woman but an "Other" wearing a mask? Yes. Man can sense the "otherness" of woman in the very fact that she is forced to put on a false role in the patriarchy. Perhaps the "otherness" is exactly the stem of Man's fear of Woman.

They do not know what lies beneath the mask - as they have never worn a mask themselves.

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