She charges herself with betraying her mother: "[I]sn't it my 'duty' to stay behind with my peers in the gynaeceum
?" (Djebar, 1992: 213).
goes into the gynaeceum
. Only when she comes back and realizes that the
Her father was a progressive husband and a conservative father: "In his role as 'father'--especially in regard to the first-born daughter--he reverted in spite of himself to being guardian of the gynaeceum
[en qualite de'pere'--en particulier vis-a-vis de la premiere fille--il redevient malgre lui le gardien de gynecee]" (381).
Weaving as labor took place in a space specifically designated for women and textile production: the gynaeceum
. A distaff, a tool used for weaving, eventually became a kind of verbal shorthand signifying women, women's work, or the woman's side of a family.
E., "Constanza de Castilla and the Gynaeceum
of Compassion", en su Writing Women in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain.
The familiarity of what is known within the city and the value of immediately perceivable experience outweigh the fear of the flood while the importance of Uxor's urban gynaeceum
of sorts exceeds that of the heavenly message received through her husband.
(41) Ver Vanggaard, Phallos: "'Un castigo persa favorito impuesto a los extranos atrapados en el Harem o Gynaeceum
es desnudarlos, y lanzarlos y exponerlos a los abrazos de los novios y de los esclavos negros'" (101, citando a Richard Burton, "Thousand Nights and a Night", Terminal Essay X : 235).
They are gamopetalous, zygomorphic, pubescents, tubulars, bilabiates, with four petals, hypogynous, syncarpic gynaeceum
with two carpels, upper ovary, white-green style, yellow- greenish stigma.