Gender Roles In 18th And 19th Century Society

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The 18th and 19th century saw the beginnings of a shift in the position towards gender, as roles for women in public and professional life broadened. However, at the same time, prostitution, illegitimacy and same-sex relationships were increasingly characterized. Ideas about gender difference were consequential from classical thought, Christian ideology, and contemporary science. Men and women were thought to dwell bodies with different physical make-ups and to retain profoundly different qualities and advantages. Men, as the stronger sex, were thought to be intelligent, bold, and strong-minded. Women, on the other hand, were more overseen by their emotions, and their qualities were expected to be continence, unpretentiousness, compassion,…show more content…
Unlike William Blake, the societies Mary Prince lived in treated slaves the same regardless of gender as well as, treated women less harsh (depending on the society). Male slaves are put through extreme physical pain compared to woman who not only mentally struggle but then have to do the same types of labor as men have to do. In Grand Quay Prince was treated just like all the other slaves (both men and women) unlike the way she was treated by her previous…show more content…
“About this time I asked my master and mistress to let me buy my own freedom. With the help of Mr. Burchell, I could have found the means to pay Mr. Wood…” (Prince 31). Prince was not deemed as a bad person in the society she lived in, rather she was seen as a hard working slave that worked hard for everything she was given and always pleased her masters as well as obeyed them. Prince was seen as a women and was not seen as anything less. In order for her to get her freedom she did not have to let society know who she was, rather, she had to let herself know who she
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