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Argument: Views on women as passive domestic individuals stem from a patriarchal influence on history staring from the Ancient Greeks

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"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)

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