Womens Role in Platos Ideal State

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Plato gives women the same opportunities as men in education The only difference between men and women is that women bear children, and this does not mean that women should get a different kind of education. "And if male and female sex appear to differ in their fitness for any art or pursuit, but the difference consists only in women bearing and men begetting children, this does not amount to a proof that a woman differs from a man in respect of the sort of education she should receive(Republic.


457 a) Since they are weaker, Plato wants women to be given the lighter tasks. "Only in the distribution of labors the lighter are to be assigned to the women who are the weaker natures but in other respects their duties are to be the same".(Rep 457b)The abolition of the private family makes the woman have a single communal family .Men and women are brought together at opportune times to have sex to ensure offspring of the highest quality. In Plato's Utopia, the woman takes equal responsibilities of the guardianship of the state and of protecting it, forfeiting her sexual gratification and family love..
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