W3- Spanish Gender Norms and Women in Colonial Quito

Gauderman provocatively argues that “the colonial government viewed patriarchy as disruptive to a social order that culturally and institutionally undermined all forms of centralized control” (126). First of all, why do you think this argument is so provocative? Secondly, do you think that Guaderman adequately sustains her argument. Finally, what questions occurred to you as you read the book?