Discussion Questions Enemies in Our Households He would look over the household and protect all within it. Women were supposed to be quiet and vulnerable while the men were praised for their physical dominance over slaves. If a woman beat a slave, she was shunned for it and the slaves usually did not listen anyways. Ada Bacot was a widowed plantation owner whose slaves ignored her orders because she was a woman. When she was completely ignored by a slave, she slapped him and the mother tried to provoke her into beating them so she herself would get in trouble, but Ada asked a man to beat them both.
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