Why is there oppression in the world? Because it is our baser personality, our less evolved brain stem, that craves rule over God’s domain, from fear of insecurity, instead of using our evolved brain to seek solutions to challenges He has put here.
Were women historically oppressed? I’m not a Feminist academic but I do have had my youth and I’m a heterosexual male so I will say YES!
To forgive ourselves we have to admit to ourselves the legacy we inherit and profit in. Fossil fuels have made us rich as has slavery and oppression.