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Victimization of Women Essay

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“People dominate animals, men dominate women.” Each is a relation of hierarchy, an inequality, with particularities and variations within and between them. (Cite Orange book pg. 92.) For centuries, women have been viewed and used as a man’s “property”, whether it is being used for sexual satisfaction or for the sake of bearing children and taking care of the home. Men are typically perceived as head of the household and whatever they say goes; anything to satisfy their hunger for power and control. Have women ever had a say about what they want to use their bodies for? Laws against rape may have changed over time, but men’s consistent aggressive behavior unfortunately, has not. Dating back to the ancien régime, referring mainly to the…show more content…
The future conditions of the woman’s potential marital worth were much poorer than any punishment the violator could have received. Once a woman was raped, her virginity was no longer available for her husband to have. “‘Virginity is the ornament of morals, the sanctity of the sexes, the peace of families and the source of the greatest friendships.’ Its existence was a precondition for marriage. To publicly breach it was to compromise honor, rank, even life; a ‘deflowered’ girl inevitably became a ‘lost’ girl. . . ‘The ravishing of virginity was the worst rape of all.’” (Cite Book 1) An innocent woman had now completely lost her worth to society and her own dignity due to a man’s egocentric and merciless actions. Over the hundreds of years that have passed between then and now, women have been able to gain a vast number of accomplishments for themselves. With the women’s rights movements, among other successful endeavors, one would assume that men would begin to gain insight and more respect for the female population. Men still hold the mentality that women are in the world for their own sexual gratification, consensual or not. Women, on the other hand, are more sexually expressive and active than ever. Women are able choose whether they want to engage in a monogamous relationship or take the
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