Argument: Views on women as passive domestic individuals stem from a patriarchal influence on history staring from the Ancient Greeks
- Culler, Kirstin W. The Decision to Allow Women Into Combat Positions: A Study in Policy and Politics. Monterey, CA, Naval Postgraduate School, 2000 “ Written over two centuries ago , the tradition of epics and tragedies in literature offer similar beliefs about the role of women in society .Sophocles’ Antigone and Homer’s Iliad both lead to the conclusion that women attempt to maintain a domestic society , and their solution to war should be an eradication of politics to keep a domestic and isolationist focus(Elshtain,1987).Silently and faithfully , women stood vigil in the home while men were fighting battles."
- "Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Fredrich Nietzsche thought that , in the context of war a woman’s role was to support the state by providing sons to fight and a home for sons and husbands upon their return. In Emile , Rousseau offers a pointed example of a woman citizen: “ A Spartan woman had five sons in the army and was awaiting news of the battle. A Helot arrives; trebling she asks him for the news. ‘Your five "sons were killed.’ ‘Base slave, did I ask you that?’ ‘We won the victory.’ The mother runs to the temple and gives thanks to God. This is the female citizen(Elshtain,1997,p41)