Peggy Cooper Davis and Carol Gilligan Feminists have long known that patriarchy begins and lives union as the willing subordination of individuals and states to at home in hierarchies consisting of male "household heads" and principles and political structures of their own choosing. And subordinate women and children. And feminists have long known this willing subordination was regularly likened to the subordithat these domestic hierarchies are enforced by law as well as nation of a wife to her chosen mate. The idea of choice was by custom. Nancy Cott's wonderful book gives us new clarity important to the success of the marriage metaphor. The suborabout how--and how very pervasively--that enforcement is dination of women in marriage was justified both by the peraccomplished. ceived capacities of women and men and by the fact that marital In many respects, Cott's achievement lies in the subtlety of status is freely chosen. Women, knowing their rightful place, her analysis. The conspicuous, and now undone, laws that unembound themselves to provident providers. Similarly, citizens, barrassedly defined coverture are background. Cott describes understanding a need for collective governance, sacrificed their legal regimes in which women were represented politically and will to provident laws. socially,
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Aug 1, 2002
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