Originally Posted by taustin
I didn't say it wasn't. I said that women should, generally, aspire to more than just that, just as men should aspire to be more than just fathers.
And what if society doesn't *allow* them to be more than that?
What if society doesn't teach them they can be more?
What if society *needs* them to be just that?
(It is easy to envision scenarios where any or all three are plausible and reasonable.)
The Foundation series is set in a very distant future; 25,000-plus years in parts. Asimov doesn't go into detail on what the societies spread through those millennia and those thousands (millions?) of planets where like before the Empire homogenized them. There is a lot of room for alternative civilizations, alternative cultures, alternative mores. Nowhere does he say that the Empire is a direct descendant of our culture, our mores, our technology. Even the City culture of Lije Bailey is a major departure from our times.
It is just as naive to expect the future will *only* change in ways *we* would like as it is to expect it *not* to change at all.
With Science Fiction you either like the world the author builds or you walk away but you don't get to say it is good or bad solely because it doesn't fit *your* preconceived notion of what that world might be like.