stol'n the impression

Egeus does not allow that his daughter Hermia loves Lysander actively and by her own choice. Instead he speaks as if Lysander has stolen Hermia's love:

Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung,
With feigning voice verses of feigning love,
And stolen the impression of her fantasy (I i 30-32)

Montrose points this out, "Egeus effectively absolves his daughter from responsibility for her affections because he cannot acknowledge her capacity for volition. If she does not -- cannot -- obey him, then she should be destroyed" (Montrose 1996: 112)

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Hermia argues for her right to deny men access to her body.

It has been argued that Shakespeare's plays all thematise men's kinship with eachother unaided by women.