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Women's history unwinds

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For instance, in ancient times, a man in Babylonia could divorce his wife simply by stating “Thou are not my wife.” A woman who uttered a similar statement to her husband, however, would be drowned. In medieval society, laws existed to ensure wives remained obedient to their husbands. This could include the acceptance of physical abuse, so long as the woman was not killed or seriously maimed, or the cutting off of nose and ears for women who committed adultery. The pressure was apparently put on men to dominate their wives during this time.

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