A woman’s worth is no different from a man’s as far as human beings are worthy of value, however, if one takes a closer look at what’s taking place in the world, women clearly aren’t treated as equals. This was also evident centuries ago.
Although the Second World War caused considerable changes in the labor market, women were valued differently. With men combating in a foreign country, women assumed work and responsibility in wartime industries where a lot of it are in the heavy industry. Other than working outside, women’s everyday household tasks also increased.
This, however, wasn’t true to all women in different areas of the world. For instance, as the Japanese Imperial military embarked to take over Asia in the years prior to WWII, it sought to grant the best probable conditions for their army, which were primarily male, this includes free sex. In contrast to the way of geisha escorts, the so-called “comfort women” were used particularly for sexual acts only and not for companionship.
To begin with, these women were taken from the lines of legal sex workers in Japan, however, when the demand for women have gone beyond the supply, Japan’s anticipation for accessible military sex rose and intensified. As the militia expanded into the different regions of Asia, the Japanese government started drawing in women particularly from Korea, China, and the Philippines into sex slavery for its men to meet their needs.
In ancient time, women did not have any legal rights. For example, women in ancient Rome were essentially esteemed as spouses and mothers as defined by the male figures in their lives. Though a few were given more liberty as compared to others, there was still a limit, this includes the daughter of an emperor. In the first century, not enough data exists about the women of Rome. Women had no right to be politically active, so no one wrote an account about them neither were they trained how to write, hence they couldn’t narrate their own stories.
Different from the civilization in ancient Egypt, Rome before the law did not consider women as equal to men. If any at all, they only obtain basic schooling and were dependent on the influence of a man. By tradition, this was their father before nuptials. At that time, authority and influence are moved to their husband, who also had more legal rights over their children. However, times have changed and Rome, just like any nations, adapted with the developments and so as the treatment to women.
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