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Women in the West live as human beings

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Submitted by Claire (United States), Jun 27, 2008 at 18:39

sTs,

I doubt you are a woman. However, it may surprise you to learn the vast majority of women in the West are happy with their lives and enjoy their freedoms. We can go to restaurants and coffee shops and shopping malls without a worry. We can drive, go to the doctor, travel, and choose our careers, as well as whether to have children and how many to have. We are generally a very satisfied group of people.

We can talk to anyone we wish--young, old, female, or male. We have a wonderful life, and we won't easily give it up. In the U.S., many of us are armed, too, so if people who don't wish to give women freedom attempt to hurt us in any way, we have the means to protect ourselves. It's a different way, but a way we cherish.

Of course there are people who believe all sorts of things in the West, and some choose to follow ancient traditions. If that's their choice, it's great. But many times it's other people who indoctrinate women with ancient dogma and use intimidation or endless references to the ancient dogma to keep them from making many preferred choices or even having the awareness that they *can* question the dogma.

The bushmen and other aboriginal groups have beliefs, too, and they suggest how other groups' beliefs probably came about. Ancient people attempted to explain the mysterious goings-on in their world. Many wear little or no clothing and lead highly ethical lives, and very simple lives,even without very structured moral codes. Many people are descendents of people who followed ancient superstitions and cultural teachings, and the world is just beginning to acknowledge that they are just that and nothing more.

I think we are on the brink of a breakthrough in thought, and people who have accepted ancient beliefs are prosyletizing, fearful of what may be to come.

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