Thesis: That the shift from engagements arranged by the bride's father to engagements chosen by the individual damsels being wooed by their swain or swains was both a fundamental cultural sea change in its own right & a major evolutionary quantum leap in action - one whose ensuing net benefit to humanity has been on a par with germ theory.
Can't argue with that, chum!
Seems the Femaissance would predate the (European) Renaissance, to judge by the delightful phenomenon of the rise of Courts of Love - dispute over whether they were real events or mere poetic tropes is moot: they signal an epic shift in sexual agency. It would be irresponsible not to speculate that we may have had no shot at a Renaissance without it.
An implication of Femaissance Theory could be that in fact Feminism has been a major positive social force for circa 1,500 years on a fundamental level, & society at large has tragically waited until very recently to give it status/legitimacy so as to consciously exploit its many advantages.
Guns Germs & Steel?
Girls, Good Weather & Genius.
The praxis of theory always incites contempt & unease - though the context & creation of an original & apt idea can easily be explained (jigsaw puzzles gradually increasingly betray the shapes of their absent pieces), the acrid whiff of mysticism & magic is still alive & well in the poor dear thing.
The best of possible games: such challenges, such rewards ...
Provocative that Femaissance Theory just happens to clarify an otherwise relatively fine-tuned explanation for the genocidal "Burning Times" pagan pogroms of the late Middle Ages & its later resurgence c/o Torquemada & his ilk.
There is of course no way to know if the Cathar cultural genocide had this same motive, as no surviving canonical content exists to study.
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