I woke up this morning thinking about a “question” I read on a Japanese forum yesterday. “Why don’t women try to get married in their twenties when they are more useful and attractive to their husbands?”

…and it occurred to me that “women” and “females” are no more similar than, say, humans and seahorses. It is the woman who bears the brunt of the weight of reproduction, but this is not something fundamental to her femaleness any more than it is fundamental to the maleness of the seahorse that he should raise and protect the young in his belly.

So then, where did our moral justification of the subjugation of women really come from?

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