A Companion to Gender History (Blackwell Companions to by Teresa A. Meade

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By Teresa A. Meade

A significant other to Gender background surveys the background of girls all over the world, reviews their interplay with males in gendered societies, and appears on the function of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years. an in depth survey of the heritage of ladies all over the world, their interplay with males, and the position of gender in shaping human habit over hundreds of thousands of years. Discusses relations heritage, the heritage of the physique and sexuality, and cultural heritage along women’s heritage and gender heritage. Considers the significance of sophistication, quarter, ethnicity, race and faith to the formation of gendered societies. comprises either thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays. offers due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern period in addition to to the trendy period. Written by means of students from around the English-speaking international and students for whom English isn't really their first language.

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Conservative and religious defenders of traditional moral norms seemed initially desperate to characterize the scourge as God’s punishment for deviations from heterosexuality, but this proved to be an entirely rearguard defense. Later events proved that any sexual contact, or infected needles could spread the disease just as well. By the turn of the century, HIV/AIDS was making the greatest headway in sub-Saharan Africa among heterosexual populations. In the wake of the epidemic, sexual behavior has been slow to change.

In practice, many women found that though sexual and reproductive autonomy were significant advantages, they did not erase the gender discrimination that persisted in the workplace, in the division of labor in the domestic sphere, or in the world of political action. Many feminists also found to their chagrin that prostitution, and pornography that degrades women, have prospered in the new era of relative decriminalization, not disappeared. The deadly appearance of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s initially cut a terrible swath through gay communities throughout the world, raising the specter of a “gay” disease spread by homosexual sexual relations.

Evidence from ancient Rome suggests a similar picture. In this highly stratified and politically complex society, the transition from a republic to an empire did not signal major changes in gender relations, particularly at work. Although historians have been eager to recognize the occasionally powerful position of noble women, particularly as property owners and respected rulers, lower-class women did not benefit from the same status, despite their important economic contributions. The Roman economy and society, especially under the Empire, became heavily dependent upon slaves for everything from agricultural labor, crafts, and trades to childcare.

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