Amongst the world’s religions is a plethora of varying attitudes and beliefs towards gender issues and normality’s. However, these beliefs and attitudes were once the norm and were not questioned in the seventeenth century. Witchcraft was a large belief then, with many women in touch with the devil and failing to "conform to the accepted norms of female behavior", "The behavioral opposite of the stereotypical role model of the good wife."(Louise Jackson: Witches, Wives and Mother: Witchcraft persecution and women's confessions in seventeenth-century England: 1995:63-84).
Louise Jackson's research was based upon a Suffolk subversive community in the seventeenth century within the Christian society where any woman who didn't show the typical "good wife" characteristics could be branded a witch, and routine witch hunts would be carried to remove such from society, almost like a method of behavioral control to members of society. Even back in the seventeenth century, there is evidence of gendered differences, with 80% to 90% of witches accused female. There is also evidence in Louise Jackson’s study of physical violence, with many witchcraft trails "involving physical coercion"... [continues]
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