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In a time much different than that of today woman fought for acceptance into a Patriarchic driven society Ancient Mesopotamia is an example of a patriarchal family system in which the women were not independent of male influence throughout their lives Kramarae and Spender 54 Women were considered the property of the fathers or of the husbands One could simply be sold into slavery to repay a father or husbands debt Most girls were trained from childhood for the traditional roles of wife mother and housekeepernp There was little respect that was given to a woman unless she was wealthy and of a dignified bloodline Marriage was normally arranged by the parents and secured with a dowry Normally married at a young age to someone ten years older she married the family instead of the man If her husband died she was simply given to his brother Chastity was very important as after the wedding night the bloody sheet was displayed outside To be found impure could result in divorce shame exile or even death They could own property and were even free to go to the market but it came with a high price In a patriarchic driven society The most important role of women in ancient Mesopotamia was to bear children particularly sons to secure the male line Vivante 112 If unsuccessful it was believed to be the womans fault The gods were displeased and the punishment was the inability to produce an heir Many sought advice and used various techniques to verify fertility and pregnancy The horrific consequences if the child wasnt male had to have a great impact on the Mesopotamian woman Unwanted baby girls were simply left in the street to die or be eaten by dogs and malformed babies were considered evil and thrown in the river If lucky enough to have a son she was
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