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Women in the West

Post by Dignity » April 23rd, 2017, 5:27 am

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When it comes to women in the wild west, there isn't much to be said other than that they were very limited when it came to work and unless they turned outlaw, there were only a select few jobs available to them. Their primary objective in life, however, was to look after their family. Most women who did so usually ended up helping their male siblings on the ranch or farm.

Despite a "code of honor" most men have, women were treated very poorly however any man who was raised by a fairly decent folk learned at a young age to respect the female gender. Most of them reverted this ideology though, due to their experiences in life or just plainly because they didn't agree with it.

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Women still held a lot of responsibilities though because they were usually more reliable than men. Fathers often sent their daughters off to get loans or to do commerce with any government-related practice because people weren't as quick to judge them. Not only this, they were also relied on to "manage" the household, as most men were out working in mines or on their farm, leaving their household unmanaged.

If a woman became a widow, they would usually take over their husband's farm if they had one, and more than often worked alongside them and their children if they weren't busy taking care of the hold.

Most husbands and fathers also ended up teaching their daughters or wife "basic self defence". This involved shooting a firearm, both a revolver and rifle from several ranges until they somewhat mastered the art. Horseback riding wasn't considered an art, though, just a way of life. That's also why women rode horseback frequently and most of them even excelled at it even more than men, due to their fragile and agile frame.

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Women didn't hold many rights, and even though most of them were sent off to university for a basic education, it didn't exactly help them in finding jobs. They usually ended up becoming teachers, cooks or seamstresses. They were also deprived of many rights, for instance ─ they could not sue for divorce, weren't allowed to sell property, vote, or serve on juries. They were generally approachable figures and were often tasked to host shared meals, potluck events or extended visits between families around the settlement they resided in.

Most women rose to some kind of authority whilst participating in religious acts, but their authority didn't extend far outside of the church. Any woman who wanted a real form of authority, even over men, usually turned to the gun and became an outlaw. Becoming an outlaw was good money for any female ─ really the only other job that would get most women any kind of money was prostitution. It earned them a load of money, pleasure, and protection from the local brothel's pimps.

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Re: Women in the West

Post by Ozan » April 30th, 2017, 8:42 am

Thanks for this. :D
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Re: Women in the West

Post by Reyo » April 30th, 2017, 5:31 pm

Very good to know.
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Re: Women in the West

Post by Pinteresting » May 1st, 2017, 11:00 pm

Uhuhuh, nice bro.

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Re: Women in the West

Post by Revaz » May 6th, 2017, 3:44 pm

Thank you for this!
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Re: Women in the West

Post by Reyo » August 10th, 2017, 10:51 pm

Wohmen need to read this when roleplaying.
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Re: Women in the West

Post by damian » August 11th, 2017, 8:23 am

You really make me think to start a prostitute character at a local saloon. Nice guide.
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Re: Women in the West

Post by El Diablo » August 11th, 2017, 11:39 am

Unless you don't want to roleplay a female version of Clint Eastwood, ladies, I have a solution for you. As long as you take a shower every day, know how to cook, and play piano-.. You can roleplay something like this:
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Re: Women in the West

Post by EL_Ratatorsk » August 13th, 2017, 6:37 pm

I guess it would probably be a good time to start removing petite female teenage sheriffs from the department. Or am I wrong?

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Re: Women in the West

Post by Athens » August 13th, 2017, 7:16 pm

EL_Ratatorsk wrote:
August 13th, 2017, 6:37 pm
I guess it would probably be a good time to start removing petite female teenage sheriffs from the department. Or am I wrong?
Atleast we don't have lesbian cowboys yet ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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