Goddesses, Whores, Wives, And Slaves Analysis

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History books are full of the adventures, struggles, conquests, and great achievements made by men. It is extremely rare that the tribulations, prejudicialness, and inconveniences that women have experienced for thousands of years are mentioned, and they are easily overlooked since they are women and, for a long time, were seen as being useless and unimportant. In Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves, Sarah Pomeroy explained the views and roles of women of the Greco-Roman antiquity, bringing light to how women lived and were treated. She left it up to her audience to draw connections to the issues that these women faced during that time to the contemporary problems that women endure in relation to men during her time, which was in the 1970s. …show more content…
In Greek and Roman culture, when a woman married someone, she was truly united with her husband. Any deed that she would partake in would represent her husband in some way, and this takes away any individuality that she may have had. The wife was not her own person and could not act as such; on the other hand, the husband was usually able to do whatever he wanted to do without being connected to his wife. It is almost as if ownership of the women is being passed down from their fathers to their husbands. You see traces of this today by simply observing the last names of daughters and wives. For instance, when a daughter is born, she takes the last name of the father. She grows up, meets this man, gets involved in a relationship with him, and falls in love with him and vice versa. The man then asks her father for her hand, and if the father gives consent, then he asks the daughter for marriage. Assuming the daughter accepts the proposal, they get married, and his last name is given to her as a new last name. This example is not exactly the circumstance that women thousands of years ago experienced, but there are remnants of male dominance shown in the identity of the daughter. To further explain, the daughter carries the last name of her father most of her life, indicating that she is his child. Then, the boyfriend initially …show more content…
and 30 B.C., women began to navigate their way into holding political offices, granting them more freedom and equal rights. Although this did not place them on the same level as men, it was better than their previous situations. This increase in political responsibility was not drastic at all, but it was sizable enough to become traceable by future generations. This can be connected to feminist movements in Western society. Slowly, but surely did women begin to take public responsibilities into their hands; and with time, they increased their numbers and authority in politics and business. Pomeroy was able to identify one of the reasons why the importance of women grew: “the acquisition and use of economic power” (128). This slight, but noticeable increase in public productivity done by women would eventually lead to a society where women could occupy some of the highest available positions within that

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