In this dialogue, Socrates is the main speaker with Glaucoma primarily acting as a respondent. He describes an ideal utopia. He was an ancient thinker/author who, despite cultural and societal beliefs to the contrary, promoted or endorsed beliefs dealing with the equality of women to men in key aspects regarding social status and function.
Socrates felt that arriving at the right conclusion about the possession and the use of women and children is to follow the path that men were to be the guardians and watch dogs of the herd. He would ask if woman were capable of sharing either wholly or partially in the actions of men, or not at all. At first, it seemed to me that he thought a woman’s sole purpose was just to watch over a child, but that is definitely not at all what women are just good for. He asked if women could share in the art of war and that would give him his conclusion.
He believed that different natures have different pursuits and that men and women’s natures are different. Despite men and women, isn’t every individual’s nature different in some way? I feel that some men are stronger then others and that some woman are more weak then others. For Socrates to just take men as a whole and say what there responsibilities are doesn’t make sense to me. What really stuck out to me was when they said that if a man or woman has a child not in their “prime” than they would be doing an unholy and unrighteous thing. Woman have the right to defend when they can have kids and when they cannot. Men and women are to have a common way of life: common education,common children and watch over the citizens together.