Housewives and Whores
It looks to me that in ancient times, when Marduk (and other "god" varieties of the same energetic imprint) came and united local tribes into a centrally controlled governance, that was also the point when force of intellect took over, and the force of feeling and female sexuality became suppressed.
Women's sexual freedom now was a legend of the past. A legend of evil, on top of that. For a woman who is free is a woman out of control. A woman out of control is evil, at least to the one demanding control over another's life, over others' lives: Because those men not only wanted to control what women did. They also wanted to control what men did.
Times became dark, times became brutal. Freewo/men became considered a threat, and were prosecuted. Slavery is rarely as blatant as shackles and whips. Slavery is the subtle control of the mental body. Of thoughts. Influencing the perception of another, and being exposed to that influence without conscious awareness, that's, as I see it, the true slavery we are dealing with. Slavery is comply or die. Comply or die.
During this transition from local to centralized power, metaphysical creational knowledge had to follow suit. It is power, to know how to set things in motion. Monopolizing that power was simple: Don't tell. With that, the transition of metaphysical creational knowledge from one that was known between woman and man to one mostly known to only a few men, passed on through occult and often secret alliances, had begun.
What used to be a joint partnership of carefully practiced creation through conscious application of the primal forces of the universe as embodied in vessels of opposite polarity, practiced in honor of the oneness from which we had come forth when we split our forces into two in order to experience physical creativity, a delicious dance between two poles, a delicate balance, only possible through deep reverence of, and devotion to each other, became now dictated and controlled by forces who only knew, and only respected, half of the picture: their own. Sexual knowledge, source knowledge, the power of her power, was concealed from woman, and the common man.
Can you imagine, the consequences? The entire half of creational force, subdued, kept secret even from those who carry it? Severe punishment for women who were in touch with it? Prosecution as whores, witches, the Goddess knows what for anyone who was in touch with it other the chosen, hidden forces of control behind a world becoming more and more unified through "civilization"?
But there was one caveat, making it extremely difficult to both monopolize and hiding the knowledge passing it almost exclusively through occult societies of secret brotherhoods, while also having access to its fully lived potential: Metaphysical results require both, in perfect balance, in equal power: female force and male force. Without both, creation flops. Like an exhausted member, or one never risen: Nothing can come into being without an equally powerful female component to the male. Yin and yang have to be, powerfully, and dynamically, balanced for creation to continue creating.
And that's, in my opinion, the reason why we have housewives and whores.
The whores were the ones who maintained the sacred knowledge. Celestial prositutes, still imbued with the memory of original incarnation, the subtle splitting and then dynamic blending of female and male forces, yin and yang, magnetic and electric, left and right; the memory of how this world comes into being through the dance between opposites, that becomes only visible through the oscillation of particles between two poles, and the knowledge how stir creation through intentionally working with primordial life force.
The housewife was the one from whom the dark and potent forces of her sexuality remained hidden, who was barred from accessing it, and punished, should she seek or maintain contact on her own with the deepest essence of her own being.
With that sexual women were ostracised from social contexts, and women within social contexts became disenfranchised from their own sexual powers, and those two versions of disassociated femininity deeply distrusting each other. Social belonging and a women's self-directed connection with her own sexuality became mutually exclusive. In that case: which would you rather have?