Stéphanie Jullien isn’t a historical figure you’ll praise in textbooks but she did something most people of her time didn’t have the balls to even think of defying. She was being courted by a second suitor in the mid-eighteen hundreds and wrote to her father about her thoughts on marriage. For you see she didn’t want to get married but in that era, it wasn’t her decision. She criticized the fact that women are not given independence because society had deemed women unfit to do anything for themselves. Stéphanie goes on on to say “And yet the world finds me guilty of being the only person that I am at liberty to be; not having useful or productive work to do, not having any calling except marriage, and not being able to look by myself for someone who will suit me”. For centuries, society has dealt out handicaps and then blamed those who are afflicted for being incapable of moving out of their situation. You can’t lock someone in a box and then tell them that to qualify for liberties they aren’t allowed to be in a box.
Stéphanie Jullien is exclusively talking about the rights women were barred from but I believe this idea of “the world finding me guilty of being the only person I am at liberty to be” can be applied to multitudes of people who face discrimination in modern times.
No matter your sexual orientation, in strictly religious communities, it’s frowned upon for couples to live together before marriage because that creates assumptions on their sexual lives. Sex before marriage is a huge no-no and yada yada yada. Anyways, homosexual couple aren’t allowed to get married in many places. So their choices are to either up-root their lives and move to a state that isn’t full of bigots or “live in sin”, as the church would say. Can you see the correlation? Marriage restrictions are what lock homosexual couples in boxes.
Acts, amendments, orders, laws, and so forth have been created in hopes of eradicated slum regions in various nations. The slum refers to poverty stricken areas. However, those who live in the same conditions but in a generally nice cities are overlooked. The homeless are regarded as dirty or lazy because all we see is their current situation. Some people wind up on the streets because of factors that are completely out of their control. Then there are those who try to help and get fined or arrested. The homeless can’t occupy, accept food, and typically can’t enter establishments. They are ostracized by society and then judged for seeming inhuman. Their unwelcomed isolation is what locks the homeless in boxes.
I am guilty. Not for any legal offense but for being a part of a society that commits crimes against humanity as if we’re doing the segregated a favor. We need to abolish the locks and the boxes that go with them.