In our present era, there is no doubt that the evolution of women's rights has come a long way. It is in the Western Culture that these values for which women have fought for generations, are in conflict with Genesis 1-3. The events that occur in this "creation story" are crucial in that it begins when God creates man in his own likeness and man is given domination over all living things. The significance is the prominence given to men; God is male and his most important creation is male. The biblical account underlines the supremacy of man while making it clear that women play an inferior role. Furthermore, the biblical account also describes how woman are disobedient and yield to temptation, the result of which is the expulsion of both
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The cruel punishing reality of being a women in times past is dually noted by Smith as she questions the nature of a legend giving."..most punishment?" (Smith l.44) and blame to women. There is a tremendous amount of stress placed on the suffering, in all probability because she is attempting to communicate the mass discrimination towards the gender for the last few thousand years. In all of history! Furthermore, Smith goes to great lengths as to describe this suffering such that a women must ."..dread Nature for (its) purpose, To have made (men and women) love so" (Smith ll.59-60). This feeling of dread suggests a feeling of great fear or terror at the thought of encountering something unpleasant, like the opposite gender. Moreover, Smith describes slavery, the cruelty through which women must "Put up to barter (their) tender feelings Buy (them) a husband to rule (them)" (Smith ll.12-14).
As if to imply no choice, Smith implies that the values derived from the story of Eve were imposed upon women without choice. Like the abovementioned slavery, women have ."..to marry a master She must or rue it" (Smith ll.15-16). The "must" implies a no choice situation where women are forced into doing something whether they want to or not. This cruel slavery described, enforced by "The Lord" (Smith l.17), advocates the implication that the story's values have influenced our population since the beginning. Additionally, she