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Role of Woman

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University of Toronto St. George
East Asian Studies
Andre Schmid

Lecture 2: Women A Women is virtuous, only if she is untalented After the fall of the Koryo dynasty, the Choson dynasty leadership undertakes radical reform: Implements Confucianism Saw that the Koryo dynasty saw not socially arranged Changed the relationship in a fundamental level 5 levels in the Confucianism Family is the core Dynastic shift = shift in gender What is gender as opposed to sex? What is womens history as opposed to gender history? Sex is biological, social constructed Why are gender roles naturalized ? Because it is natural to them Perhaps not born to them, but overtime it is constructed How did Choson dynasty rulers changed the role of woman: Koryo dynasty- family in Korea : 1 husband and had 4 wives Each women has separate household, did not live under the same roof Had property- owned it, can pass it down Husband moved between them Women can divorce her husband Can remarry Equal status among women in the household ^Choson dynasty saw as improper and violated the ritual order, was not the Confucian family Choson Dynasty- Family in Korea: 1 husband and 4 wives New set up: a Patrilineal line Had 1 wife that was above the other, subordinate wives became Concubines Primary wife ->created the heir of the family All lived in one household Enters the household of her husband Not allow to inherit property, only the eldest son is able to inherit Women is not allowed to divorce the husband, but the husband is allowed to Husband dies, the wife is not allowed to remarry It is difficult for the state to control marriage, it took a long time that concubage took place
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