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Elizabeth Pirinis Reflection #3 Mobility of Gender The idea of gender and its mobility is explored in the tale of the Long Assed Berenger. The man in this story gradually looses his masculinity as his wife exposes his cowardice and lack of knightliness. He is able to go from being a male authority to being characterized as somewhat without a gender. The wife similarly is able to change genders through disguising herself as a male knight and exerting power over her husband. As the power dynamic changes between the husband and wife, so do the gender relations as the wife becomes more of the male in the relationship and the husband more of the female. At the beginning of the tale the husband is trying to prove to his wife that the bravery and courage that he spoke of possessing before they married exists. He therefore decides to tell her that he is going into the woods to fight against any knight that may oppose him. He maintains his masculinity through dressing in gear that was “quite
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