The Book of the City of Ladies Themes

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Misrepresentation

There are many misrepresentations about women that are addressed throughout the book. Male authors constantly slander women, and Reason, Rectitude and Justice provide the reasons for this and argue against the injustice. Women are seen as naturally gluttonous, weak-minded, childish, unintelligent, inferior and incapable of good judgment. Authority also claims that female children result from a weakness in the mother's womb. Women are seen as avaricious, gossips, inconstant and unfaithful. Claims are made that women dress for attention as well as that marriage is unbearable because wives hate old, scholarly husbands. Few women are chaste supposedly, and women only bring evil to the world.

Reason, Rectitude and Justice contradicts these misconceptions with stories about women whose lives prove contrary to the vicious lies that male authors tell about women. Reason insists that God never criticized females more than males. Rectitude claims that women will be perfect when men...

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