Women Were Punished for Expressing Themselves

Women Were Punished for Expressing Themselves




Women who were detected fighting or bickering could be banished to the Shrew’s Fiddle for a period of time. A bell was occasionally connected to the contraption to increase the humiliation degree by allowing villagers to hear the victim arriving while confined inside.

They were marched through the streets, mocked and scolded by passers-by. Another instrument, known as the double violin, connected two ladies in a face-to-face relationship. They were compelled to play the fiddle and had to resolve the conflict in order to be released.

The dreadful Scold’s Bridle was the weapon of choice in England. It was once again a torture device employed in Medieval times to punish “rude, clamorous ladies.” It was a gruesomely crafted metal mask that prevented the wearer from speaking.

A bell was attached to the top to draw attention and increase humiliation. The Scold’s Bridle was first worn in the 16th century in numerous European countries, including England, and was employed as a form of punishment in workhouses until the 19th century.

In ancient Greece and Rome, things were only slightly better for women. Even freeborn women in Rome, who were considered citizens, were denied the right to vote or hold political office. As a result, nothing is known about high-achieving women of the time period.

To make matters worse, women were not permitted to leave the house without a male companion, and when visitors came to the house, they were not permitted to speak or sit down for supper. Instead, they were required to remain in their quarters and refrain from bothering the men.




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