CL20Lec17TermConGender - Constraints of Gender"Man is or...

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Constraints of Gender “Man is or should be woman’s protector and defender. The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life.” “The harmony of interests and views which belong or should belong to the family institution is repugnant to the idea of a woman adopting a distinct and independent career from that of her husband.” Almost all adult Roman women - married, or previously married Exceptions - Vestal Virgins and prostitutes Marriage , not a choice but obligation patria potestas (the absolute power held by the paterfamilias ) exposure of children; even adult sons could be killed Roman Marriage manus (literally, hand) authority or control of over another person (wife, child or slave) (1) confarreatio most traditional, restrictive form of marriage for patricians (in presence of Flamen of Jupiter and Pontifex Maximus) symbolized by wedding cake of grain, farreus panis (2) coemptio
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