She is baiting me -- and perhaps you. Ask a slave whether they loved slavery. There were so many black uprisings in the South. The whites were terrified b/c they were so surrounded by African slaves. If these attacks were coordinated on a multistate basis, few whites would survive. If all those Gone With the Wind accounts are to believed, the freed slaves would have just stayed on to slave for the sheer enjoyment of slavery. The leading scholar explained how coordinated slave revolts were. House slaves were the instigators. They had access to white info., knew their vulnerability, saw other planatations. Historians cannot figure out the communication system. They assume some existing African culture influenced the revolts. The big question is why they were not more frequent and more bloody.
Esther, Ruth- pls give me a break. They are tokens. Women are unclean compared to men. Viewing menstruation in the Torah is enough. Oh, too, you are more unclean when you give birth to a girl. I've read that the surrounding cultures worshipped goddesses. Perhaps the Bible emphasizes the sanctity of men to suppress the existing goddess cultures.
We could have developed differently. Women could be seen as more important than men. We are life givers.