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Gender Relations

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Nicholas Terpstra

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HIS244 Gender Relations Tuesday January 25 2011th Lecture Outline The family, gender relations, and state structure Patriarchy and the law negotiating patriarchy Descriptive vs. prescriptive literature Lives of girls and women Clothes make the man and the woman Honour Key Terms Patriarchy Common law Civil law feme covert feme sole Dower In the wake of the Black Death, there were hopes that women would have more rights, a parallel with the decline of serfdom (declining labour source because of the plague, thus rights of the serfs improve) Patriarchy: economic, ideological domination of man over woman Descriptive vs. prescriptive literature: books written on HOW womenmen should behave (prescriptive), not necessarily how things WERE (descriptive) Men tended to not live as long and widowhoodremarriage was a common occurrence The number of women who never marry is increasing Many historians think that widowhood was the best stage of a womans life (no man in charge of her, her own household, etc.)
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