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Through out my life Ive heard the phrases Women shouldnt serve in the Armed Forces no I wouldnt want a female president a womans place is in the home Even though our society is drifting from these extremely sexist views opinions like these are still widely held Women were mistreated much the same in the ancient Greek civilizations The views of our society regarding the social and sexual roles of women are mirrored in the ancient Greek tragedy The Bacchae The idea that a womans place is in the home is all too common in our culture just take into consideration the Southern Baptist Conventions declaration stating wives must be submissive to their husbands This belief was held strongly in the Greek civilization as well A womans function was to bear and raise children cook clean and care for any other needs the family may have They werent entitled to the basic freedoms they deserved This intolerant view was illustrated in The Bacchae when Pentheus in a rage was ranting on about how all the women have deserted their homes to run wild through the dark woods on the mountain pg 19 ln 17 The imagery associated with the woods is black and evil yet when Pentheus speaks of the home he claims the women have deserted as if they were wrongfully leaving their duty Obviously he believes the home is the proper place for a woman Another very common misconception about women is that they were created for the pleasure of man The idea that a womans body was not her own merely a possession to be dominated by her master as he wished is also present in The Bacchae The instances where the Maenads drank themselves into insensibility then crawled into the bushes to lie down before lusting men shows what lack of control these women had over their bodies They were continuously dominated by the male god Dionysus and the fact that
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