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Unformatted text preview: abstinence o He admits that he struggles with lust and sexual desire o Sexual abstinence best because the Fall threw human passion and will out of balance, and sexual desire is a corrupting force and a punishment for original sin; marriage is acceptable but only for procreation o 4 th-5 th century Chaucers Wife of Bath o She is very open about her sexuality o Gross stereoptype only secular women represented, if youre not a nun youre a slut, Mary v. Eve o She was very lustful and married for sex o She has had 5 husbands the last husband was much younger and treated her badly but she stayed with him for the sex o She calls a husband her debtor and slave and says she has power over his body because she can give or take away sexual pleasure o Found in the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14 th century...
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