Women And Piracy : The Best Record Of The Two Women Essay

2130 Words Mar 31st, 2016 9 Pages
Authors Main Arguments John Appleby argues that a few women during the 16th and 17th Centuries participated in committing piracy at sea. During that time, piracy was male dominated and any accounts of female participation was small. The author states that it is difficult to find recorded history surrounding females aboard ships because of how unconventional it was for women to take part. He argues that it is not female physical capability that restricts them, but it is instead the environment onboard a ship and folk superstitions that prevented them from wanting to become pirates. To study the relationship between women and piracy, the author examines two of the most well known female pirates in history: Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The best record of the two women comes from Johnson’s History (1724); Appleby questions the validity of the source and argues that Johnson’s story popularized the idea of female piracy through illustrating pirate women as heroines and warriors that challenged generations of gender roles.

Marcus Rediker’s chapter presents piracy during the 16th and 17th Centuries as male dominated. The author argues that the presence of a women onboard a ship challenges male authority and identity. Men believed they were physically superior to women and that women should not be allowed onboard ships because they were distracting and would disrupt social order. The essay offers an in depth analysis of the lives of the two most famous female pirates, Anne Bonny and…

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