The status of women in the social theology of early puritan New England
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The aim of this paper is to explore the gendered discourse about women in early New England and how it contributed to shaping the female experience in the patriarchal Puritan society. The gendered discourse identified and assessed the role and position of seventeenth-century colonial American women, who recognized with silent acceptance their subordination to the male authority. Gendered language was used to articulate theories of hierarchy and obedience and thus to rationalize the New England social structure and order. Contemporary texts, which reiterated stereotypes about sexual and gendered behaviors, used social platform to demonstrate prejudiced views on the status of women.
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