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This loss of identity was reflected in laws that did not prevent a man from raping his wife with impunity.
Freud further marginalized the female psyche by presenting the idea of penis envy.
Tennyson espoused "women as lesser men" and virtually all societies saw women as property.
Introduction Emotional abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of abuse of women by their intimate partners and its damage is unquestionably severe, undermining a woman's sense of worth, agency, and independence.
It also diminishes a woman's ability to care and provide for her children and to participate in the work force.
(Theodorson and Theodorson, 1969) "Western feminist discourse runs the risk of assuming the image of the 'average third world woman'.
This 'average third world woman' leads an essentially truncated life based on her feminine gender (read: sexually constrained) and her being "third world" (read: ignorant, poor, uneducated, tradition-bound, domestic, family-oriented, victimized, etc.) This, I suggest, is in contrast to the (implicit) self-representation of Western women as educated, as modern, as having control over their own bodies and sexuality, and the freedom to make their own decisions...