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Old 05-03-2018, 10:10 AM   #3
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Default status, property, patriarchy

Societies are normally hierarchical based on wealth and status. There are invariable property and resource squabbles. Authorities are answerable to those with the most status. They may consider they don't have the resources to deal with cases where there's insufficient property at stake to make it worthwhile.

People are sometimes considered the property of others. For example, a plantation owner might have slaves or maybe workers. In a patriarchy, females may be considered the property of higher status males. A less emotive way of putting it might be to say they are "under the protection of" or "under the care of" someone. Chaperones are less common in modern society, but still exist in some circumstances.
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