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In To Kill a Mockingbird,  how does Atticus show prejudice in his discussion of women in juries?

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Atticus is not being sexist when he jokes about women being on the jury.  He is just a product of his time and environment.

We should always look at a character’s actions in the context of his society.  Although Atticus’s views on women may seem sexist, remember he comes from a very different time and place.  In Alabama in the 30’s the social structure was very different.   For example, there is the issue of removing women and children from the trial before rape testimony begins.  Women need to be protected, like children.

“There has been a request,” Judge Taylor said, “that this courtroom be cleared of spectators, or at least of women and children, a...

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