Man or woman? That is the question. In the world of the Book of Ruth, your gender pretty much determined every detail of your life and where it was headed. A man could earn a living, own land, wage war, head a household, and take multiple wives. Ladies could get pregnant with the man's child… and that's about it. This gives rise to a society where women need men for security and men are sometimes legally obligated to give it. So much for romance.