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Barbara Goldsmith author of Other Powers demonstrated many times throughout the book that sexual relationships were spheres of force relations in which power is displayed One such sexual relationship where there were spheres of force relations in which power was displayed is the relationship between Roxanna Roxy Hummel Claflin and Reuben Buckman Buck Claflin where Buck had great power over his wife Roxy Another sexual relationship in which there were spheres of force relations in which power was displayed is the relationship between Josie Mansfield and Jim Fisk where the power went both ways The relationship between Roxy and Buck Claflin began when Buck was given a room next to Roxy at John Snyders They married each other four months later and because of Bucks wealth he was the powerful figure in the relationship Buck had the most power because he put Roxy to work telling fortunes in temporary tents where the ground was covered with sawdust damp from tobacco juice Goldsmith 15 Roxy would comfort the women that came up to her with her visions She ensured women during a time when many babies were dying that there dead infants were happy in the bosom of the Lord Buck used revelations made by Roxy about the sins of her customers in his blackmail schemes where he became even more wealthy than he already was The fact that Buck had so much power and control over Roxy he was allowed to do whatever he wanted at anytime which is how Victoria Woodhull was conceived When Roxy went crazy once while listening to a preachers speech Buck became infuriated with her and dragged her behind a bench and forced himself into her Buck ruled absolutely over his family His power status over the rest of the family was obvious and not only his kids but his wife were merely his property This proves that Buck Claflin was the more powerful figure if not the one
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