What evidence is there of female othering (otherness of the feminine) in Romeo and Juliet?

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I think one scene that really shows the othering of women in this text is when the Nurse arrives to speak with Romeo the day after he and Juliet meet. Romeo's friends obviously do not know what has transpired between their friend and Lord Capulet 's daughter the night before,...

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I think one scene that really shows the othering of women in this text is when the Nurse arrives to speak with Romeo the day after he and Juliet meet. Romeo's friends obviously do not know what has transpired between their friend and Lord Capulet's daughter the night before, but we see their response to the Nurse's appearance. When the Nurse asks her man, Peter, for her fan, Mercutio says, "Good Peter, to hide her face, for her fan's / the fairer face" (2.4.109-110). Mercutio goes on to make vulgar sexual innuendos; for example, he describes the "bawdy hand" of the sundial that points at the "prick of noon" (2.4.114, 115). He even calls her a "bawd" (a term for a woman who owns and operates a brothel) (2.4.132). Even gentle Benvolio, a character who is quite measured and rational, joins in the jibes.

Certainly, Mercutio's treatment of the Nurse, an older woman who is a stranger to him, is an example of othering, because he clearly thinks of her as having an identity that does not match his: she is older, a woman, and a servant. He speaks to her incredibly inappropriately, and the sheer number of sexual references he makes about her or in her presence indicate that her femaleness makes her an easy target for him.

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