So the 2+2=4 I would suggest as apparent in #5 hinges on "equal partnership": Up to 1970, partnership -- marriage -- was a universal constant. Virtually all woman got lifelong husbands and stable marriages which I think is the societal ideal. So I think the Natural organizing principle -- men working outside the home and women working inside the home -- proved itself.
The criteria being not just equality -- which we have now -- but universality, which we don't.
This will be my last post on Erick's IMPOSSIBLE THINGS until after the
launch of The Cerebus Oversize Project, where I'll pick up with #6. Sincere apologies to you, Erick! I
appreciate your patience.