Classical Civilization 600 bce-600ce
•Men were viewed superior to women and sons were preferred over daughters
•Men could marry more than one woman, but not vice versa. Women were in control of men.
•The superior principle of "yang" was viewed as masculine, related to rulers, strength, heaven, light and rationality, whereas "yin", the lower feminine principle, came from earth, weakness, emotion, subjects, and darkness. This meant that female inferiority was permanent in workings of the universe.
•Political authority was authorized amongst women who were concubines, wives, or widows of empowers.