Women’s Agency: A New Concept

1881 women in France gain the right to their own bank accounts

1886 married women in France may have a bank account independent from their husband’s

1960s women in the USA can have their own bank account without the permission of husband/father

1975 women in the UK can have their own bank account without the permission of husband/father

“May I speak to the head of the household?”
“How about you speak with your husband first and then get back to us?”
“You’re going to like this.”
“…Rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists.”
“She’s such a slut.”

So no one has put together the fact that in “civilized” Western societies, not only have women not had economic independence for much of history (ie not had the right to maintain their own finances), but have been considered PROPERTY, and therefore the subject of their own autonomy, consciousness and their legal ability to make decisions is so often doubted.

I was thinking about this today, walking down the street in Paris, why in sexual matters is it assumed that men’s decisions count that much more, to the extent that women really are not even allowed to say a “No” that holds any weight, or it is somehow permissible for men to violate women while they are unconscious. Rape culture exists because women simply haven’t had the right to make decisions for themselves for much of recent history.

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