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Compulsion of women, whether it is legal or culturally enforced, is the bulwark of any patriarchal system. While open violence is highly effective, social pressure, ridicule, and indoctrination can be more insidious, because less perceptible to their targets. Religious fundamentalists employ these, too, but they are really the prime movers in modern US-and-globalized-empire patriarchy. From the mass-media marketplace to high school hallways to the workplace, the commercial standard is fetishized sexual display of young, thin females who are compulsorily blonde, plucked and lacquered. To complicate the analysis even further, this standard can be operative (in private) even in full-body-veil places like Riyadh.
Mrs. Baroda heard footsteps crunching the gravel; but could discern in the darkness only the approaching red point of a lighted cigar. She knew it was Gouvernail, for her husband did not smoke. She hoped to remain unnoticed, but her white gown revealed her to him. He threw away his cigar and seated himself upon the bench beside her; without a suspicion that she might object to his presence.
"worthy of esteem," 1580s; see respect (v.) + -able . Sense of "having an honest reputation" is from 1755. That of "occupying a fairly good position in society" is . Related: Respectably .