The answer to both is yes and no
Yes women were oppressed like men stuck into their gender roles, which often had protection over influence (but that was not always true) and it would vary from society to society, but men were just as stuck in their roles, and if you weren’t an alpha male you really couldn’t get much done. So in a way you could argue it is oppression but by the technical definition it does not involve cruel and unusual PUNISHMENT and violence so by dictionary terms it is not. Note-the reason I point out punishment because there are places in china where feet were broken and deformed because small feet were a sign of a good bride and an attractive women-im not ok with that. You could argue there are multiple forms of social oppression and being stuck in a gender role would be one of them, but the same would then apply to men and even if you were to go with the different layers and levels of oppression you would have a tough case to make, as no other group of oppressed people had their masters going off to die in wars to defend them. If you were to argue they were oppressed don’t equate it with slavery or jews in concentration camps, that is an insult to the human race.
Clearly, if you’ve been keeping up with this blog you know what I think, but do some research and think about it for yourself
So why does it matter? It makes us look at history, see what we did wrong (we should have given them more say and less protection from the start) and we see the backlash the future created when traditional roles couldn’t keep up with the times.
Why doesn’t it matter? Its not that way anymore( In the western world), and that’s not what I am here to talk about the advantages or disadvantages of being a women in modern society, and gender based double standards for women, im here to talk about the ones for men, and my point is “We were oppressed for X hundred years” is not a valid argument, and would be similar to the idea of reparations. Also, it does not negate the fact that men have social disadvantages as well. Some just as old as marriage, like the overwhelming majority of suicides, and in western society the expectancy to “be a man” how many times have most guys heard “big boys don’t cry”
The past can be a foundation but it cannot be what we entirely dictate the future on. Modern social issues of all sorts will appear and just because men had the “power” doesn’t mean that it is always true, will always be true, and men cannot have problems. Paranoia of going back to the way things were when power is far more evenly split, and there is generally not a siege for power unless one group feels that it is lacking and demands justice or simply becomes a power hungry mob. my blog