feme covert


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feme covert

n
(Law) law a married woman
[C16: from Anglo-French: a covered woman, one protected by marriage]
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Marriage, as virtually every sentimental writer notes, makes a woman vulnerable to physical and mental abuse, and, legally speaking, she becomes a feme covert, literally a hidden woman whose husband takes her property, her name, her very self.
Not only does the woman become a feme covert, she often becomes pregnant shortly after uttering those words.
The first section of pamphlets presents accounts of women violently challenging their feme covert status only to be reincorporated "back into patriarchy as victims" (40).
11) Tucker referred to a law of 1727 that confirmed the status of slaves as real property and pronounced that the "right of a Feme covert to a slave shall vest in the husband absolutely; that of a feme sole, on her marriage.
In 1797, Chief Justice Pendleton of the Virginia Supreme Court found that "[a] feme covert can't pass her legal title without a deed, accompanied by a privy examination, to evince that she does not do it under her husband's influence.
With marriage, the single woman's role changed from feme sole to feme covert.
Both the conforming and dissenting interpretation of the biblical teachings on marriage and patriarchy, therefore, defined the Baptist woman's role as feme covert.
The married couple, she argues, is a legally indivisible unit; we refer to the wife as a feme covert but we must see her in tandem with her husband, a baron covert.
I do not mean to suggest that Douglass used "The Heroic Slave" as a vehicle by which to comment on the erasure at law of the feme covert slave.
Howe acts as an unchallenged rather than suppressed mother, an unfettered feme sole rather than feme covert, and as both public and private family leader.
See `The Feme Covert in Elizabeth Cary's Mariam', Ambiguous Realities, ed.