We can refer to China’s earliest legitimate dictionary, the Shuo-Wen Chieh Tzu, for our earliest signs of sexism, holding a total of 9,353 Chinese characters (Guisso ). Of these thousands of characters, on...
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...h this text emerges the idealized life cycle of a woman in which determines success for an individual female. According to The Five Classics the ideal Chinese woman is to be a daughter, then a wife, and finally a mother in that particular order. Aside from establishing the three roles women are expected to fulfill in their lifetime, The Five Classics established the idea of “natural and immutable difference between male and female” in the sense that women were incapable of understanding the outside world as opposed to men; they were not to meddle in serious business like politics. In this way, it is crucial that men and women are aware of their social roles, as it is imperative for them to fulfill them to maintain order, in turn, social harmony—two of the most valued Confucian ideals that can only be preserved by establishing some kind of hierarchy between genders.
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