I don't know if any country attempted to introduce sexual equality before the 20th century. While feminist and suffragist organizations lobbied governments to allow women to vote, to get educations, start businesses, and advance in society, the first nation to actually make sexual equality an official priority was East Germany, also known as the German Democratic Republic.

but in reality a satellite nation of the Soviet Union, also known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, but actually a dictatorial empire controlled by the members of the Soviet Politburo, the dozen or so men who made decisions autocratically for millions of people--supported by the secret police and the military.

The socialist power-structure did not tolerate groups who tried to live by standards, other than those of the prevailing political philosophy. Indoctrination started with day-care, continued into grade-school, university, or trade school. The ruling government maintained its hold using government media. As one official in East Germany expressed it, "In Sozialismus, gibt es keine Randgruppen." No one can live outside the socialist sphere! It permits no separate functioning or dissent. Everyone must  play his part, as determined by the government.
This leads me to suspect that sexual equality cannot function on its own. As with other compulsory egalitarian policies, it can only survive with the right political chaperone--the socialist steamroller that presses people down to make them equal--women as well as men.


September 30, 2022

Rolexes and Wealth

I remember the day my eighth-grade teacher arrived at school wearing his new wrist-watch. We saw this guy for the 180 days of the school-year and knew him pretty well--as well as anyone did. We noticed that, among his other mannerisms, he tended to look often at the watch during class. We thought he was keen to know the time on a regular basis. Now, I believe he was just admiring his new watch.

September 28, 2022

Family-life is not a Democracy

I ran into a problem yesterday when I returned to Germany. On my first evening, I wanted to slake my thirst for German beer, big-time! So I ordered a liter-serving right off the bat; but I knew I also wanted some wine and ordered a carafe of it, as well. Shamefully, I have to admit to not finishing either. I slaked my thirst, but had to leave some of it undrunk. I hate wasting anything, but I had work to do and wanted to operate on all my cylinders.

September 24, 2022

Violence in the Real

This article appeared last July in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, by the newspaper's expert on hip-hop music, Florentin Schuhmacher. He regards gangsta-rap, and its sub-genre Drill, as a legitimate art-form. He can understand the reservations that law enforcement, parents, and teachers have toward music that glorifies gang-life, describes the rush of killing one's enemies, the pleasure of drugs—as a source of wealth—and demeaning women; but Schumacher also says the police cannot simply censor it. They must distinguish between art and criminal acts, shooings, and robberies.

Lloyd Bowers


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