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3) The financially exhausted young gentleman; his patriarchally overbearing uncle; the lusty rich widow; the hardworking and cuckolded merchant citizen; his sexually voracious, shopkeeping wife; the well-meaning prostitute; the conniving servants; the profligate lord: all the city's inhabitants, ranging across class and rank, crowd the stage.
The wrath directed toward lesbians and lesbian sexuality was a reaction to women's redirection of sexual energy from men towards other women, an act which conceivably pre-empted procreation, the means by which patriarchally structured societies have sought to control and delimit women's lives and perpetuate those of men.
In itself this is rather unusual, because genealogies are generally patriarchally oriented, but what is most unusual is that none of the cherished matriarchs of Israel such as Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, or even Leah are among the four.
Once dependent on a "family wage" earning husband, the woman now sees her standard of living fixed by "the patriarchal state" through welfare benefits and by "the patriarchally structured labor market.
The trick is to deflect responsibility onto the victim, an academically as well as patriarchally beneficial fiction with the added benefit of giving her the illusion that she could control the situation.
The mode of communication remains predominantly oral; forms of social hierarchy are genealogically and patriarchally framed; and the world is understood and regulated by adat (customs) and lulik (belief in sacred objects, often fusing the human with the natural world), with Roman Catholicism layered over the top.
Susan Warner's much more puritanical and patriarchally informed theology does not privilege such agency and choice and instead posits a God who demands complete self-abnegation and ordains suffering to elicit obedience.
Since it is "four strong women" who re-educate the patriarchally dehumanized Razumov into feeling, thus challenging "the conventions of male-centered narrative" (273), "the novel argues for openness and indeterminacy" (278), specifically with regard to gender roles.
In an examination of the prominent themes that emerge in these multiple media portrayals of adolescent girls, Nash concludes, "Between 1930 and 1965, the dominant portrayals of the teenage girl in popular narratives coalesced around two interrelated issues: the degree of her adherence to patriarchally approved models of youthful femininity, and her effect upon her domestic and institutional 'fathers'" (p.
Castel, on the other hand, goes to the opposite extreme, obsessively and patriarchally maintaining that he must hold exclusive possession of Maria, not only sexually but by dominating her thoughts and monopolizing her time.
More importantly, women may have been given increased space but not necessarily increased clout, and patriarchally based reduction of female influence is still very much alive.
The conflicting patriarchally imposed female archetypes of virgin or sex goddess result in the fragmentation of the female consciousness, which is depicted, in James's and Campion's Portrait, as confused, having ambiguous feelings about sex.