The Role Of The Patriarchal Oppression Of Women In Classic Eurasian Empires

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Classic Eurasia: a time saturated with cultural growth and development of societies. During this era Empires rose and fell, various religions were created, and mankind was morally tested time and time again. In some societies, the equality of men arose from these challenges. In other civilizations however, people were dragged into the toxic cycle of sharply stratified class systems. But, a common presence amongst all of the societies of this time was the patriarchy. Under patriarchal rules, women are inarguably defined as subordinate to men in all matters (233). Indeed, despite differences in culture, religion, and language, the patriarchal oppression of women was a common theme among all Classic Eurasian Empires. Although the patriarchy was present in all of the classic Eurasian Empires, the Chinese, Roman, and Indian civilizations each offered women some semblance of liberation in their own way. Through religious, educational, and …show more content…
Although these options sometimes overlapped, each Empire typically had unique options for women’s liberation. Indeed, India supported religious means for women of all castes to gain independence. Further, the Roman Empire somewhat supported women politically bartering for what they want. Finally, the Chinese Empire was partial towards educating upper class women and allowing them independent political positions. These methods for woman to gain independence were subtle in their existence in these civilizations. They existed in between the lines of the written status quo, hidden from the weight of the patriarchal society they existed under. Although it was necessary for women to gain their independence somewhat quietly, it was definitely a reality for some. Their existence has been documented and preserved throughout history, allowing a glimpse into the struggles of women in the

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