> Or the fact that aristocratic women of the 17C considered it
> worse than whoredom to have writing published.
Not so -- Katherine Philips and Ann Bradstreet, for two specific examples of
17C aristocratic women who published. Margaret Cavendish?
The constraints were more subtle, and the problem was often -- with Ann
Bradstreet, for all of me, the finest metaphysical poet after Donne and
Marvell -- posthumous, the airbrushing out of history.
For a time. Not now.