Have you ever wondered why mimetic tradition goes out the window when nothing whatsoever in the surrounding circumstances has changed, and somehow, davka when circumstances have changed, חדש אסור מן התורה suddenly becomes the rule.
I mean, think about it. Thrips infestation of stawberries is nothing new, nor are dental fillings, but somehow, what Grandma and Grandpa did doesn't count.
But at the same time, the social status of women has changed drastically over the last number of decades, but when a huge Rabbinic scholar rules that women can be given aliyot, nearly the entire Rabbinic world rejects him outright.
If anyone out there has some insights on this, I would be interested in hearing them.