This Essay deals with the Gender roles and Family dynamics of the Ancient Greeks

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Gender Roles and Family Dynamics in Ancient Greece

Part 1

Until recently, the subject of Greek society was largely ignored by most people and only discussed in imaginative science fiction novels or Greek archeological conventions. This has all changed since the fluke discovery of Greek literature ofrom the fourth century BV. Twelve fragments, mostly dealing with the socio-cultural aspect of Greek Society, have been found written completely decipherable. From the analysis of these fragments, one can predict the basic behaviors and functions of the female population of Greece. This includes their roles in a relationship, family, and society.

The evidence suggests that roles are dictated by sex. Unlike the equality of the sexes found here in Canada, Mars is divided by gender borders. The males dominate the more intellectual aspects of Martian society, including politics and art, while women dominate the corporate and economic fields. Performing very little labor, the males stay at home with their families and produce entertainment and artwork while the women provide the income. Since cosmetics and beauty are a large factor in the success of business on Mars, women greatly value their physical appearances. Therefore, Martian men choose physically attractive mates since beautiful females are more successful. The males constantly search for a better mate in order to find the female with the largest supply of resources and wealth.

Females in Pre-Marriage Relationships

From Fragment # 7, we can see that males could sample around "45 women" before settling down for marriage. Martian men move from relationship to relationship until a woman with the most promising income is met. Commitment is feared because men are very picky about finding the right female "package deal" (Fragment # 5). This can be observed from fragment # 5 where the male author "like most guys,...just [doesn't] want to commit to anyone". The article states that a reason most guys "choose to go" is because they're always looking for "the greener grass" or the better providers. The author only decides to commit when he meets the "perfect" woman who is "blond, famous, [and] signed to a six-picture contract". It can be assumed that a "six-picture contract" would involve a lot of money and would be very attractive to a male looking for wealthy mate.

Conversely, the articles in the fragments suggest that lust does not play a large role in female attractiveness. Male sexual yearning is never mentioned in any of the fragments. Instead, males look for subservience when finding a potential mate. This is most likely so that females could be more easily controlled in a relationship. In Fragment #10, a Martian named Cosmo makes ten "commandments" which girls should follow. These rules try to control how a girlfriend acts in front of a man's peers by dictating "ten things [the woman] should never do in front of [her] guy's friends". This suggests that the females were socially inferior to men since they had to be told how to act in public. For example, women had to be told not to announce their sex lives and "throw hissy fit[s]" in public. This evidence implies that men tried to maintain a certain amount of control and power over their girlfriends. Interestingly, male control seems to diminish after marriage.

Power Struggles in Marriages and Families

From fragment # 1, it is clear that both husband and wife struggle over "who's in control". This would most likely result from power begotten by the female's newfound role as the "provider" of the family. The article suggests that Martian wives, such as Roni, work "brutal 100-hour weeks" and can earn "triple [their husband's] income"(Fragment # 1). By economically supporting the family, women would gain more control over the household decisions. For instance, it is the wife (Roni) who is said to be the one that "organizes, plans, [and] strategizes" (Fragment # 1) within the household. The husband (Bruce),...
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