Analysis Of The Freewoman Magazine

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The Freewoman magazine was published on November 23, 1911, whose editors were Dora Marsden and Mary Gawthorpe. This magazine came to the public to “ponder on the profounder aspects of Feminism” (West 64). This magazine was considered “open” due to the risqué topics that were discussed, along with the invitation of readers to respond to the journals that were written by the editors. A key issue I believe was interesting was the outlook of motherhood from the Freewoman point of view and the opposing point of view. Motherhood was brought up throughout different issues of the volume. The viewpoint towards motherhood is looked at in three different ways. The three points of view are mystic, moral, and domestic. The mystic view point is seeing…show more content…
The Freewoman is going against norms and is expressing femininity by what they believe motherhood is about and how it is portrayed by themselves and others. The Freewoman’s perspective is that they are not inferior to others since they gave birth. They believe that giving birth doesn’t make one more special then another. It is not that the Freewoman doesn’t believe that birth and motherhood is a beautiful thing, they do they just believe that it isn’t the only factor that could make them inferior. They believe that a woman married or unmarried has the same chance of the ability to experience motherhood. They believe that a woman’s status does not matter. A main point that the Freewoman makes is the domestic view point that they completely go against. They believe that it is ridiculous to think that every mother should want to only be a nursemaid for their children. They believe that it is important to show their children that there is more to life and that they should raise their children with opportunity and mixing with interesting people that they can learn and grow…show more content…
The thought of motherhood has really changed in my point of view over time from when this magazine was written to the present. In the beginning, women thought was the purpose of their life was having and child and how they need to take care of the child. Then through the Feminism movement women started to stray away from the idea that it was all about child birth and taking care of their children. Now women are working mothers and have other people taking care of their children while they are working for a living. Daycares and babysitters are now in place of the woman who takes care of the children. Also these points of view expresses the thought that having a child doesn’t mean an end for a woman pursuing something more in her life. Now there are women who have a child and still are doctors, lawyers, CEOs of companies, etc., and having a child didn’t slow them down. Women who are married today do not always have children, unlike the time when it was a point have children during a marriage by the church and society. Women who get married sometime never have children in their life time and they are not looked down upon or questioned. Also something that is not looked down upon as strictly as it was in that time period was a woman who had a child out of wedlock. This is definitely a modernism point since today there is a larger percent of women who have a child out of wedlock or teen
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