How are women portrayed in the book Flatland?

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In Flatland, females are portrayed as having their actions restricted. Whereas males are polygons, females are lines. In two dimensions, a line that is viewed head-on appears as a point, and thus may accidentally cause accidental punctures in males. Since lines make points and points are dangerous to polygons, the females must sway back and forth and make noise as they go to warn any males who may be in their path. There are places where women are forbidden to go. And viewed straight on, they are practically invisible.

Given that the hierarchy of Flatland places figures with more sides at the top, and pointier shapes toward the bottom, the implicationis that the women of Flatland are the lowest of all classes, below even pointy criminals.