When it came to prostitution it was basically a trade

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much as men. When it came to prostitution, it was basically a trade that was owned by men. Even though women did manage brothels, it was still the men who owned and profited from the brothels. Instead of just allowing women to be prostitutes, there were rules and regulations to prostitution. Men controlled a lot of aspects of women’s lives, including their sexuality. “The regulation of brothels in Southwark was in part an effort to keep female sexuality under the control of men. Female sexuality was to be kept within bounds…their sexuality must be strictly regulated by the male civil authorities.” I feel as though a woman should have been able to do whatever she wanted with her body, especially if men were allowed to. But the rules with the brothels and even rules about who prostitutes could spend their free time with tell us that most women didn’t live the lives they wanted to. They were forced to live in such a way that made it convenient for men to live happily and peaceably. While reading, I constantly asked myself how did men actually view women? From the readings so far, men viewed women as powerless, sex-driven, extra beings who
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needed to tend to either family responsibilities or nothing. Women were treated like
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