Feminism in Idle Banter Posted September 12, 2014 The "traditional" idea of being an adult is nonsence. It is also eurocentric. Were "adults" the same all over the world? I don't think so. Let's go back in time to Europe-pre-printing press. What as an "adult" life like then? if you were a female adult you were probably doing whatever your husband made you do, had gone through childbirth multiple times and had a child or two die. If you were a man you were probably working all day in a field or something but even then the notions of work and play weren't as seperate as they are now. Fordism and Taylorism hadn't been invented yet so there was no idea of maximizing productivity. Then there was the fact that most people were illiterate. If anything the notion of "adult" is a temporary one."Childhood" as a concept is only a few centuries old. (If you don't have a concept of childhood how can you have the opposing notion of adulthood?) Hell, the notion of a teenager didn't even exist until around the post-WWII era.