Book of the City of Ladies

One of the most interesting quotes is: “Rest assured, dear friend, chaste ladies who live honestly take absolutely no pleasure in being raped. Indeed, rape is the greatest possible sorrow for them.” In saying “chaste ladies who live honestly take absolutely no pleasure in being raped,” the author implies that women who are not chaste or honest enjoy rape. I do agree that rape is horrific, but this also implies that every woman views rape as the most terrible thing that she could endure. What about the loss of a loved one, the loss of a child or any other pain that a woman may live through? It is simply a generalization to assume that women all feel the same way in every traumatic experience.

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