Again people were looking for another thing to be enthusiastic about, hating on unwed mothers. This is a problem that really still exists to this day. The same sort of controversy is associated with abortions today. Having a baby out of wedlock, as a youth especially, is still looked down upon, and when people go to extremes to avoid having a child for various reasons, they are ridiculed. Infanticide is an extreme version of this, but it’s the same sort of concept. Women get so much ridicule and discrimination, they really are just doing whatever they can to protect themselves as much as possible.
Everyone’s a witch!…or can be.
It’s amazing how the concept of a witch has persisted. Maybe the concept of a witch has become less real and more of a myth, but when we think of a witch, we picture it the exact same way as they did in early modern times. Witch-hunts were interesting phenomena, because there are only so many old hags in a town.I mean really. That’s a rare beauty right there.
The spread of blame stems from the need for a scapegoat. I guess that never will change. People want a reason why bad things happen, I guess the ugly ones just get blamed first.
The transition from people’s obsession with discriminating against Jewish people to their obsession with witches I think was to be expected. There will never stop being fads. Really these forms of discrimination were a fads of the time, because people always need someone to blame. Looking at such transitions in history just goes to show that things don’t really change. There wasn’t really a reason that people were discriminated against. I feel like times were very difficult, and people needed someone to blame. The blame just changed hands, like pink replaces black, and some neon color will replace pink.
Looking back on early modern Europe from right now, we generally assume that they were incredibly repressed sexually, at least I thought so. Which was true, but not to the extent that one would expect. Sexual deviance is a very tricky subject in history. Technically, society was against different sexual orientations (although the concept of sexual orientation didn’t really exist) but people did have homosexual relationships, but found reasons to make these relationships acceptable. People were pretty contradictory if I do say so myself.
Women are constantly being discriminated against it seems like. All over the place. Mysogyny is the one stigma intertwined with all others. From the beginning of the class, talking about Jewish ritual murder and other discriminations against Jews, there is always an aspect of discrimination. Obviously, mysogyny stems from the concept of original sin, in which women are essentially blamed for all of societies problems. It is interesting that even though women are always considered the lesser and weaker sex, in the minds of their oppressors they are given incredible power. I’m kind of amazed at how contradictory that concept is. The weaker sex is the one that causes all the problems? Then why are we considered so weak eh? P-)
Anyway, no one’s all one thing, but if you’re going to stereotype, stick to your story. gee.
One of the things that seems to have changed the most in regards to societal expectations is the sexuality of women. Women were always regarded as sexual beings, but in the early modern period this sexuality was part of original sin. Today women are expected to be sexual. Models and actresses and all the people around us are portrayed so sexually, it’s all around us. It’s funny that this sexuality that is so coveted now, but it was considered the greatest vice of the female soul. People are sexual beings, it happens. What makes people regard this sexuality differently is the societal values associated with sexuality.
And here, just for a little fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnB0M0Q3zMQ there’s some real sexuality right thurrrrr.
It’s funny how the poor were so incredibly important to some branches of religion. The concept of “the deserving poor” is one that’s still in flux today. Some people dedicate their entire lives to serving the poor and homeless, with homeless shelters, soup kitchens, charities. This concept I think stems from the idea of the deserving poor. The extreme prosecution may be lessened in more modern times, but people will always try and better themselves through the concept of charity, and it all began through the idea of “the deserving poor.” Really, subconsciously, charity is kind of a selfish act. That’s what it seems like to me anyway. Not that there can’t be positive intentions with charity; it’s just that not all intentions are, shall we say, pure.