Polly's Double Standards

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In the excerpt, Polly points out that women are punished for doing their "God-given duty," which, according to the community, is to reproduce. Polly argues that while women are tried, fined, and publicly humiliated for having children out of wedlock, men remain unconvicted for going against nature, meaning they do not marry or have children. This is an instance of a double standard that Polly points out because although bachelors are truly the ones that should be blamed for the abnormality of their actions, women are the ones who face the consequences for having children, whom are needed in
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