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Roman Women and Their Mythology
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Throughout the ages myths, legends and fairytales have been used to teach people basic moral and educational lessons. For example, mothers and fathers use the childhood story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" to teach their children that stealing and snooping is wrong. In the end, Goldilocks was either eaten or she ran away, depending on your bloodthirsty nature. By using this comparison between myths and reality the Romans were able to "control" their women, and to discourage them from vain, romantic and adulterous actions. Women themselves had a very low place in Roman society, and could be bought and...
and keep that forever. So a woman was expected to be modest, uninquisitive, and self-controlled. The men were allowed to do whatever they wanted.

As you can see, many of the myths and legends created were directed towards women, to teach them lessons in humility and obeisance. They explained the social laws and rules which women had to obey, despite their influence over their husbands. The double standards exerted by the Romans are clearly evident to a twenty-first century woman. Now that we have feminism, equal rights and legal rights, the world is a much better place. Vivat femina!

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