For a man acquires nothing better than a good wife, and nothing worse than a bad one, a meal-stealer who roasts her man without a fire, for all his strength.
The Best and Worst Thing
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM, millions of women in the world are still subjected to the brutal power of nature and of men. In China, female babies are aborted en masse to control population and increase the number of more highly desired sons. In India, women are regularly beaten and murdered over inadequate dowries. Across the Middle East and Africa, as many as two million women a year are subjected to genital mutilation ranging from clitoridectomies to infibulation—the complete excision of all external genitalia, after which the wound is sewn up, sometimes with acacia thorns. And everywhere outside the industrialized nations, women with no access to modern medical care suffer death as well as painful complications from prolonged or difficult labor. 2
In those countries that have inherited the legacy of the Greeks, however, the lot of women is quite different. Medical science has liberated them from the tyranny of nature with its ruthless reproductive imperative, which in ages past subjected them repeatedly to painful and often lethal childbirth. Technology has freed most women from the back-breaking drudgery of daily life that was traditionally their responsibility for most of history. Women have gone