Of all the creatures on this living earth, we women should be pitied most. With our rich dowries we buy a husband. We buy- they own. They take our bodies.
One injustice breeds another. But even then a question lingers: Will the man be bad or good?
Divorce means eternal shame for women. To resist the husband- unthinkable…
If we are successful, if the marriage bonds hold together a happy husband and wife, then we are envied.
But if not- death is better.
A husband can grow tired of his wife. He can leave home and find comfort somewhere else. We wives are bound to one man only.
They say to us that they are the warriors- they protect us. But they are fools. I would fight three times in battle rather than give birth once.
— Medea by Euripides