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The lives of women, at least, are categorically better because of technology. In fact, technology has proved to be a necessary condition for the advancement of women's functionings in society.  Technologies such as the washing machine and vacuum cleaners freed up enormous time allotments for women, allowing women to organize socially and politically outside of the heretofore domestic constraints of traditional society.  And communications and information technologies today allow women a more equal space with men in both economic activities as well as political roles.  Then, of course, reproductive medical technologies have provided greater control over the timing of fertility with obvious advantages.  And all of these, plus other technologies, are part of the "great force" of urbanization -- specifically capitalist urbanization -- that began only a few hundred years ago.

by santiago on Tue Nov 13th, 2012 at 12:43:45 PM EST

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