Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sounds Like a Good Idea

There's lots of discussion these days about the roles of women. Should we be working outside the home? Have we advanced in society? Are we valued? Do we have independence? Well, there are lots of opinions on these burning questions, but I want to know how in the world we lost The Red Tent.

If you read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, the story of Dinah in the Bible, you will learn that women of those biblical times had a special tent. Once a month, they spent their five "days of the month" in the tent with any other women also needing the tent. They laid there all day, having food brought to them and relieved of their normal daily duties. (By the way, this is an excellent book!)

Now, I know that their lives were probably incredibly more difficult than the modern woman, but at what point did we give up this tent? We really messed up giving up the tent. I think it's a great idea. In fact, I have a tent I think I'll put up in the back yard. They can bring me grapes and salads, and I'll recline, reading a romance novel. Doesn't it sound grand?


pita-woman said...

We probably lost the tent when women's lib entered our vocabulary.
While it does sound like a grand idea, I know the children wouldn't get fed, much less me, if I did recline in a tent.

Katie said...

Sounds like a great idea to me. ;-)

jar said...

Now that I'm older and cycles are shorter this is a pretty cool idea but I'd want chocolates with the grapes and salad!


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