ME - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
"From the fact that things have always been a certain way, it is all too quickly inferred that this way is grounded in biology, or that it is the only possible way, or that this way is right and proper. But of course none of these inferences is legitimate: custom does not reliably track biological foundations, and our failure to conceive of another way may be due to a want of imagination or experience, rather than to the inherent impossibility of alternative ways. Clearly the longevity of a custom does not show that it is right."
-Martha C. Nussbaum, "Women and Human Development" (2000)