Discussion 6.docx - Briana Palencia Li HIST 1011 In what sense was Boccaccio a feminist What were the features of this feminism How do his writings

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Briana Palencia Li HIST 1011 In what sense was Boccaccio a feminist? What were the features of this feminism? How do his writings suggest that this label is not accurate using a modern understanding of the term? Boccaccio was a feminist in that he portrayed women as strong, virtuous people who put up with quite of bit of oppression. Even though they were shown as sexual objects who were often mistreated by men, they were often cunning and strong. Throughout the stories, women often dealt with hardships and were able to form plans that required a certain level of expertise, not often seen in men. By writing stories that include women characters, Boccaccio is writing for his female audience which was rare at that time. The term feminism in his writings doesn’t apply to the modern understanding of the term because in his writings women have lower social standing than men and are mistreated by them. Although Boccaccio highlights their qualities through his stories, women are still represented as objects and have no basic rights. He feels sorry for those lovelorn ladies who have no way of comforting themselves, since they're stuck in the house all day. He also tells us that he's committed professional suicide by writing for women and showing them great consideration even in his old age. The Decameron's tales suggest that what gave women this power was their sexual allure. When Boccaccio directly addresses the women in the Prologue and Intro to the Fourth Day to explain why he's so devotedly working on their behalf to write these entertaining stories, he mostly
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