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For the chapter of the day what topic interested you the most in the chapterIn traditional Chinese society women were subordinate to men Chinese women were often called neiren or inside person To keep women in shackles Confucian doctrine created what were known as the three obediences and the four virtues The three obediences were obedience to father when yet unmarried obedience to the husband when married and obedience to the sons when widowed The four virtues were womens ethics meaning a woman must know her place and in every way comply with the old ethical code womens speech meaning a woman must not talk too much taking care not to bore people womens appearance meaning a woman must pay attention to adorning herself with a view to pleasing men and womens chores meaning a woman must willingly do all the chores of the home What also interested me from this section was a poem written in the book of songs that offered this advice to new parents when a son is born let him sleep in the bed clothe him with fine clothes and give him jade to play with When a daughter is born let her sleep on the ground wrap her in common wrappings and give her broken tiles for playthingsHow is this topic relevant to you or someone you knowWhen I was younger my brother and I bickered and fought with each other quite often More often than not I was blamed for the bickering and punished rather than my brother being punished I cannot remember a day when we both got in trouble for fight Every time our fights turned physical I was the one who got in trouble This is a prime example of gender stratification The punishments that I have received throughout my life were harsher than the ones given to my brother in situations like getting in trouble at school or breaking a house rule Chores for
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