Enclosure, writes Flinders (author of At The Root Of This Longing), has defined a woman personally and culturally. It means the possession of women and the violence against women (thus their ownership and protection). She writes of the greatest enclosure, the Turkish harem, which, though now outlawed, ‘still bears on us heavily…. The institution persists, ghostlike, in tacit agreements as to “how things ought to be.” Harems exist only in fairy tales, but harem logic is alive and well.’ (80) ‘The enclosure of women,’ she concludes, ‘is a custom feminists have had no choice but to challenge.’ (82) No middle path here. image from wikipedia.
But as we shall see, enclosure means different things whether male-defined or female-defined.