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Read the following passage:

"Which of your husbands did you love forever?
Which could satisfy your endless desires?
Let me remind you of how they suffered,
how each one came to a bitter end....
'Why should I eat
this rotten meal of yours? What can you offer
but the bread of dishonor, the beer of shame,
and then reeds as covers when the cold wind blows?'....
If I too become your lover, you would treat me
as cruelly as you treated [the others]" (Mitchell 133-135)

Gilgamesh’s response to Ishtar's flirtatious advances illustrates the Mesopotamian idea that

A

women, even if they are female goddesses, are meant to be subservient to men.

B

women are merely sexual objects.

C

nothing good can come out of a man being submissive to a woman’s wishes.

D

even powerful women must bow to the double standards surrounding sexuality and falling prey to promiscuity leads to an unhappy end.

E

men hold all the power in society and females are not allowed to take on important roles.

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