Women’s (social) rights have come a long way.

Hello Tomodachi’s,

How are you all doing today? I am doing alright. Today is just another hot day in the Netherlands, which is something I am not quite used to experiencing over here. It is ridiculous how hot and humid it can get over here!

Yesterday, I came across an anime, Taishou YakyuuMusume, which was basically about a small group of female girls who wanted to start a baseball club and play baseball at their school. Sounds quite simple, doesn’t it? Wrong!

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It would have been quite simple if only they were not living at a time (Taishou era, 1925) where women were only allowed to study before they were married off to their husbands assigned to them by their parents after completing school. Mind you, that these school girls were never allowed to do almost ANYTHING without it being considered vulgar or unladylike, but it was considered perfectly acceptable to marry them off and have them make a family at ages 14 or so years old.

Being active and running around, as girls or women, were considered vulgar but not having sex and making babies? Bizarre, isn’t it? Did people in those times not know what happens in the bedroom after a couple is married and how babies were made? In my opinion, asking a young teenage girl to get married and have kids when many of these girls were not even ready to get married and raise a family, is what I would consider more vulgar. These girls (and boys) were still kids!  I am 27 years of age and can honestly say, I am definitely still not ready to take on a husband and raise a family.

I honestly, would faster throw myself in a river and drown than to go back to those times where women had no rights at all whatsoever. So, I have to thank the good Lord that I was not born in that time. Though there are still many issues that need to be addressed even in today’s society, I think for the most part we have come a long way. God only knows how many blood, sweat and tears had to be shed by courageous women for them to be able to get some rights for all of us women.

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