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Help Rewrite This Outdated 'Rules of Conduct for Women' List

Yasha Wallin

Dated July 11, 1943, and laid out by a bishop this twelve-point list from rural Spain outlines what was acceptable as a code of conduct for women in the local community. The rules include items like: No decent woman or girl is ever seen on a bicycle; No decent woman is ever seen wearing trousers; What they call in the cities ‘modern dancing’ is strictly forbidden. But while this list seems outdated, almost laughable now, many societies have not progressed much beyond this list in the last few decades. Instead of dwelling on what women weren't allowed to do, how about we start our own, modern version of this list that can serve to empower women, rather than hold them back. Share your thoughts below on what items could be on a new, inspiring list for women.

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  • ka-taGoRy9

    or better yet, shouldn't the new list be focusing on what the aggressors (read: men) should not be doing? why still focus on the women, when they are most often the victims? trying to revamp the list and modernize it is fine, trying to make it more woman-friendly and reasonable is fine--but if that's all you're doing, how is that pushing progress on an issue that we [women] have had to fight, scream, cry and die for every step of the way?

    • Yasha Wallin

      I think its a two part process. We as women still need work on empowering ourselves, while at the same time boys and men should be part of the process, through education, and working together to try and combat violence against women and encourage equality.

      • ka-taGoRy9

        True. The only concern then, is, whether one would be willing, if it meant going against conditioned thinking and if it did not immediately benefit themselves, though it might save the life and sanity of another...

  • Yasha Wallin

    Women should be encouraged to be whomever they want to be.

    • ka-taGoRy9

      agree, but encouragement is not enough. enacting stricter institutional anti-violence against women laws, including cases of rape, sexual assault, stalking, harassment and intimidation with severe punishments; mandatory comprehensive sex education focusing on safe sex, sexuality, the hymen [because how many people know that it doesn't go away after the first time?], etc.; rewriting the required textbooks with inclusion of ALL women, women-identified and minority women......

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Even trans women would be important to include. On another note, I read Eve Ensler's "This I Believe" passage from NPR and she says identifying- and naming what exactly her father had done to her when she was growing up was crucial for her to move on. Simply making people aware of what has happened to women, whether it's through a textbook, or plays like the Vagina Monologues, is important. Rewriting this code of conduct could be an exercise in encouragement and empowerment, or it could be an exercise in saying what you're still seeing and what needs to be changed.

    • Melanie Kissell

      Three cheers for that thought, Yasha! Let's raise our glasses and toast to freedom and individuality!