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Sex and the Wife of Bath Sexual relations between men and woman have created issues of life and death from the beginning of time In most classic Western beliefs it began when Eve with the help of the Devil seduced Adam thus leading the downfall of humanity into an abyss of sin and hopelessness This issue arises in all literature from Genesis Chaucer and into modern day Authors clerks and writers of all types have aided stereotyping women throughout history and Geoffrey Chaucer is not an exception in most cases However in Chaucers Wife of Bath we can find the beginnings of a new type of woman arising from the dark ages of the post-Roman era And of course at the center of his characters struggle is sex As this topic develops we shall take a brief look into sex women the Middle Ages and Chaucers Wife of Bath as an example of Middle Ages reflections Women and sex in the Middle Ages The woman of the Middle Ages tended to be pawns of men in religion politics and economics Gies Although a woman could Josh Kinman 2 hold land inherit it sell it or give it away and plead for it in law courts most of a womans life was spent under the guardian ship of a man Gies 41 These set standards for the dominance of men during and following much of the Middle Ages As in the Wife of Baths case women recovered some rights when they became widows Sometimes a widow even successfully sued to recover land sold by her husband Gies 44 Medieval ideas were far from the Victorian notions that women did not enjoy sex Physiologically men and women were considered sexual equals in fact women were commonly credited with stronger sexual feelings than men Gies 48 Another misogynistic theory in the Middle Ages was that women stated that the female seed gradually collected
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