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Elizabeth R. Katzki Gender and Femininity Reflection Women are the exception throughout Judaic texts; they are central and they are peripheral. An example of this is the Talmudic discussion of the menstrual cycle. Men legislated on a strictly feminine issue, and the women were subject to it. Women are mentioned, and are central, but are peripheral because they have no voiced opinion in the matter that was documented as something important. Deborah, though central, is definitely an exception to every gender rule. She is a warrior, a strong leader, and a political figure that is well respected. Though she is all of these things, she is also used to being a subordinate. She is hesitant to take the leadership role that a man offers her willingly. Her reasoning is that if she is the leader, a woman will redeem the Jewish people. This woman does not end up being Deborah, but rather, Yael, who drives a tent peg through Siserah’s temple to win the war. Deborah reluctantly leads and leads well, defying the stereotype that women cannot be good military leaders,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Frandina during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.

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