Woman in the Nineteenth Century, by Margaret Fuller In her essay, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Margaret Fuller discusses the state of marriage in America during the 1800‘s. She is a victim of her own knowledge, and is literally considered ugly because of her wisdom. She feels that if certain stereotypes can be broken down, women can have the respect of men intellectually, physically, and emotionally. She explains why some of the inequalities exist in marriages around her. Fuller feels that once women are accepted as equals, men and women will be able achieve a true love not yet known to the people of the world.
Literature from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century has supplied ample insight into society’s idea of the female image and gender expectations. Females of any class status were expected to be submissive to men in every regard, and their primary role in life routinely amounted to nothing more than domestic duties. Men writers’ depictions of females were base and valued a woman’s worth by how beneficial she could be to a man; and women writers’ woefully conceded their lowly positions. However, some women writers were willing to defend against the long accepted female submissiveness that society embraced. Two such audacious writers keen to delve into the role of women in society and propose measures to ensure equality among the
Beton discovers men’s anger toward women by glancing through an apparently well-known Professor von X’s book titled The Mental, Moral, and Physical Inferiority of the Female Sex. The mere title makes her angry—outraged that the words could even form the title of a book, which, to Beton, is the natural response to “be[ing] told that one is naturally the inferior of a little man” (32). She does not know at first why men are so critical of women, but she does know that their arguments say more about them than they do about the women they write about. The books “had been written in the red light of emotion,” she says, “and not in the white light of truth” (33), meaning that the men Beton speaks of are responding to something—some feeling or condition that they, as a sex identifying with one another, are sensing, rather than merely expressing a natural fact as their rhetoric seems to suggest. If this is true, what reason do they have for being so critical?
Alison defends her multiple marriages by referring to Lamech, Abraham, and Jacob, who had multiple wives. She asks why it is not acceptable for her to have married multiple times if those Holy men were not ridiculed for their polygamy. In the thirteenth century, Alison has already recognized the double standard that exists within her medieval society. Alison’s fifth husband explains to Alison that clerks treated wives badly because church writings are hostile toward women. They always contradict Mercury, scholars, and Venus, lovers.
Throughout the paper, history indicates how women are viewed and looked upon in a male dominated world which hinders a woman’s potential, her character, her mind, her dreams, her femininity. The paper particularly stresses the idea of power, the power of man. The historical argument leans towards man’s desire to treat women as inferior to them. Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer in the 18th century was a victim of an abusive father. She was also left destitute by a man after falling pregnant.
Society plays a big role on ideal marriages and how it should be based on the defined responsibilities and rights of husbands and wives. Three articles were chosen based on love and marriage and analyzed to the book. In one of the articles “What Married Woman Want” by Stan Guthrie interviews a sociologist Brad Wilcox on his study of married women. The article reads that women are the happiest in their marriage when they receive emotional engagement from their husband. In Chapman’s book he states that women and men have a primary love language that fulfills their love tank.
What is feminism? What is feminism? How do young women of this generation feel about feminism? Feminism is defined as the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Or in other words, it is the belief that both men and women should be equal in all terms.
Abelard said many Biblical quotes such as “a good wife makes a happy husband” (60) to further this point. Society also made it seem as though a wife was property. Abelard also states from the book of Proverbs “A capable wife is her husbands crown” (60). Society in this time believed women should serve men by staying by their side, making them happy, and having intercourse with them. Heloise herself thought she was inferior to men.
Williams highlights this gender struggle to represent the continual fight for supremacy on the one hand - and equality on the other - in the home between men and women and in the country between the Old south and the New America. Williams uses symbolism and characterization to show how women in 20th century were still being repressed by mean and did not had their own place in society, which leads to women not having freedom of doing and saying what they wish. Tennessee Williams different characters in the play to bring out the theme of gender stereotyping against women. The main women portrayed in this light in the play are Stella and Blanche DuBois. The main protagonist of the play Blanche DuBois is portrayed in a pitiful light and the audience is able to see gender stereotyping through her and Stella through her actions and speech.
When John Steinbeck mocks feminism he is trying to show how woman in the story are dominated by a male or by a male society in general. The work is introduced by finding the fault against all women. In the times when John Steinbeck wrote the story, The Chrysanthemums, women were seen as inferior. Many times men and women would perform a equal task, but the women would be oppressed just because of their gender The women were not seen in the same respect in any aspect that men were. The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story.