Women's Rights In Ancient Greece

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Imagine getting married and not being able to go out anymore even though you are getting raped by your husband. Imagine not having any power in the world. It would be horrible yeah? That’s what muslim and Greek women had to go through in the 400 B.C. Throughout history women were disrespected. Greek women got to decorate their body in many different ways so that they attracted men (Cartwright). Muslim women on the other hand had to cover up and not let anyone see their body unless it is their husband (Lawal). Muslim women and Greek women were treated very identical when it came to marriage, inheritance, and social life.
Females in general were treated very spiteful in the Greek society. Women in the Greek society were pushed into marriage like they were “items”. They were not given the right or freedom to choose who they wanted to marry (Cho). A woman was “given in marriage by her male relatives and (her) choice had no legal bearing on the contract” (Sealey, p. 5). People viewed marriage as “practical business arrangement, not a love match” (Demand, p. 11). When it came to inheritance women were also discriminated. Women did not have any control over the property they lived in. Men had total
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Some scholars say the reason is because men have the all the responsibilities when it came to money. Men were to feed, clothe, and shelter the entire family. Women had no responsibility when it came to that. They could spend their money on whatever they wanted (Lawal). In the holy Quran it says to men "Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four" Quran (4:3). This is unfair to the women because they are basically sharing one husband. When it came to the court it says that "And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women." Quran (2:282). This quote is basically saying that one man is worth two
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