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WildSwan2 - The role of women has transformed as the role...

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The role of women has transformed as the role of China has transformed. o Concubine->soldier in communist army->scholar Traditional Chinese views of women… A woman without talent is a woman of virtue o Loyal o Concubines o Quiet o Female slavery o Foot binding o 3 obediences: father then husband then son (after husband dies) o 4 virtues: chastity, courteousness, grace, ability to beautify the home o Honored if they committed suicide after husband dies Chinese women are generally misunderstood and easily categorized. o Geishas o Dragon ladies Patriarchy has been more or less static. The revolution has a patriarchal style, requiring loyalty to one’s government o Government=symbolic husband/father/son (patriarchal figure to be obeyed by the people) o Disloyalty to the government warrants punishment BUT disloyalty to the people is excused Much like unfaithful women (symbolizing the Chinese people) are punished while unfaithful men (symbolizing the government) are un-punished
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