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Gender is more than biological differences between man and women Asmodern historian Joan Wallach Schott indicates gender is the centralelement of social relationships based on perceived differences betweenthe sexes Historians who study gender differences usually focus theirinterests on traditional categories of analysis such as politicseconomics caste system or significant elites However in less extremeconditions it is common for social groups with more authorities sharetheir power with social groups with fewer authorities to content thepossible resents of the latter emerges because of the inequity betweenthe two groups Tradition analysis of gender roles based on economics orpolitics only reflects women status under this common situation thus itis smirched by the generous given-up authorities of the men andtherefore cannot reflects precisely how women was regarded in the pastTo rule out the factor unveil the hypocritical kindness presented bymen and have a more accurate understanding of gender conditions in thehistory a detailed study on how women was treated under extremesituations should be more emphasized We will focus our interest on twoof those situations rape and adulteryRape is probability the most extreme sex-oriented violence that canhappen to women The rapists motivation of rape which morally oremotionally pressurizes the victims to consent ranges from revenge orjealousy or just personal sexual needs In modern society the majorperspective towards the victim of the rape is that the women asindividuals suffer from such act both physically and emotionallyHowever the common attitudes towards rape in western civilizationsbefore and in Middle Ages regarded women as properties of men and torape a women was just something like stealing or robbing properties froma men Although in further discussion we can observe that this situationwas continuously improving throughout the times the basic idea thatwhen rape is convicted as a crime the women was treated as propertieswas not changedAdultery on the other hand is a more complex idea In modern societywhich women are treated as individuals same as men the severestpunishment towards adultery is divorce The most important foundation ofthis
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