In order to understand the maritime culture which both Heywood and Shakespeare work from, we must first explore the tensions of the day between women and the sea. The traditional view, across the board, in early travel “was that women had no place at sea. They weren't strong enough either physically or emotionally [and m]en would be distracted and led to vice” (“The Early Days” section 1). These ideas automatically link women to traditional gender stereotypes and reinforce the idea of women as sexual beings (whether they want to be or not), a concept which is paralleled in both Heywood and Shakespeare’s works of drama. Many superstitions also linked women to bad weather, as many sailors believed that women on ships lead to “terrible storm[s]” that were “bound to destroy the vessel and everyone on it” (sec 1).
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