I recall media consideration of "woman's liberation" starting in the 70's. I did not pay much attention, because I was always surrounded by strong, independent women. At my college, most women were more intelligent that the men. It was not an issue. When I was in positions to hire, I often chose women over men. But, that is not the topic...
A current issue in German media is a proposal by some minister to establish a quota for women in leadership positions of public companies. As you can imagine, this ia a contentious issue. With that, and the above, as background, I was flipping through television channels yesterday and noticed a set of words: white font on black background. My mind took a photo, before my finger pushed the button to move on.
Later, I returned to that "photo" and had a strange thought.
The words were:
...and God created woman...
I have no idea in what context this was used, but I considered the set of words. I realized that changing a single letter would make a big difference. It would basically apply to the fate of women on this planet and explain the drive for emancipation and equal treatment.
Consider the source of the above words and let's change a single letter...
...and God cheated woman...
One might conclude that the Bible got it wrong (at least in the English translation!). Then again, perhaps the mistreatment came later. My sketchy recall of Sunday school classes suggests that women played a role in the Old Testament, whereas they were mere accessories in the New Testament. Perhaps, that explains woman's status in the Christian and Muslim worlds. By the time those new religions rolled into town, men had figured out a way to cheat women.
See what foolishness one can come up with when playing with words...and the endless discussions one can inflame.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.