Historically men were more important that women and children. I am not going to do a breakdown of how race, ethnicity, social class, age, and religion tie into this, but in most cultures, men are dominant, in control, and considered more important. Although, great strides have been made, with Women’s Rights/Feminism and Child Abuse Protection Laws, the historical foundation of putting men before women and children, still affects us today when it comes to gender roles, wage gaps, and the rates of children who are abused, neglected, and living in poverty.
Here is a brief history from History Magazine, on how taking a bath was considered a privilege, and men received the benefit of that privilege:
“Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children — last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it — hence the saying, ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.’ …Additionally bathing was so rare that there were no bathing tubs.” -Harbor Moorshead (“Facts” About the 1500s?)
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