Learning to be a Woman

  • Eva Figes


We live in a rapidly changing world, but I think it is often easy for literate people to exaggerate the extent of the actual changes that have taken place. One reads about test-tube babies, and one has already mentally scrapped the image of all the pregnant women from the world. Because a majority of the intelligentsia has dismissed religion we tend to forget that there is still a hangover of religious morality, and that a large majority of people still subscribe to religious ceremonial when it comes to birth, marriage and death. We read so much about ‘the permissive society’; nowadays that we tend to forget that, if society were really that permissive, no one would be writing or reading about it.


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© Eva Figes 1986

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