Mesopotamia Patriarchy

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Alexa Nickell Pre-Modern History 115 Roles of Women In Patriarchal Societies Exploring the Differences Between Egypt and Mesopotamia ! In an age where women are fighting desperately to be on the level of their male counterparts, patriarchy is nearly unheard of, especially here in the United States. Patriarchy, an age old social system, allowed men to direct political, economic, and cultural life, causing the role of women in most societies to deteriorate almost completely. 1 So why, one might ask, did women allow this to happen? Well, for most women subordination to men was the norm, from childhood young girls were taught that the father was the head of the family. It could be argued that most women didnʼt mind being placed below males…show more content…
is was all too common for society to be organized in such a way. Some may say that this forced women to stay on the back burner, however, despite the fact that in some societies, for example, Mesopotamia, this may be true, it was much less harsh in others, for example, Egypt. When looking at the two societies and comparing them as far as politics, culture, economics, and society go it is clear to see that they differed substantially. This could be due to their extreme environmental differences. One could say that the differences were in some cases staggering.11 Egypt was a far more optimistic society as far as beliefs, and artwork goes, whereas, Mesopotamia tended to favor a more strictly functional outlook. One may wonder, where and how these differences became so stark. There is no clear answer to this question. It could be assumed that they came about due to variations in geography, exposure to outside invasion and influence, and different beliefs, however, it can be difficult to guess why, despite the amount of trade and war that occurred between the two that they did not imitate each other more. 12 One of the places where these differences were most prominent was in the roles, and treatment of women. ! Throughout the history of the world the roles of women have been changing…show more content…
Additionally, seeing as women make up half of the worldʼs population they are also another important factor to understand. When looking at world history is a whole it is clear to see that women influenced many developments, and they clearly played a role in shaping todayʼs cultures. We are living in a world today that is starkly contrasted with the one that women were living in back then, nonetheless, some of the ways that women are treated and looked at today branch from the beliefs and social systems of civilizations like Mesopotamia and Egypt. Some will say that men still are the head of the family, others will say that things are far more equal now than they were back then. That will continue to be an ongoing debate with no clear right or wrong answer. Overall it is crucial for us to recognize the importance of understanding the roles that women and patriarchy played in influencing the world today, with such a long chain of events leading to where we are, looking at the beginning links of those chains in necessary. Through looking at and analyzing those links it is clear to see that patriarchy, womenʼs roles in those patriarchal societies, and the way that those women were treated brought us to where we are today. 18 Tyldelsey, Daughters of Isis, 37 Alexa Nickell Pre-Modern History 115 Citations Page 1. Peter Stearns, World History in Brief: Major Patterns of Change and Continuity (New York, 2010) 7th Edition; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
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