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Public Women and Princes Consort - Stories of Conjugal Recomposition

Yannick Le Quentrec

An approach that reunifies the notions of “public” and ”private” indicates that the participation of women in political and unionist activities is a determining factor in the allocation of domestic work, of personal, family and conjugal territory, and in the adjustment and redefinition of masculine and feminine within the couple. Such participation is reciprocally dependent on these various factors. Somewhere between the ideal-typical model of the fissional couple and of the ménage à trois, we shall explore, from the standpoint of gender-based social relationships, those factors that hinder such participation as concerns the first model, and promotes them in the second, by bringing out the contradictory and opposing dynamics.