But de Pizan continues to warn these women to stay in their class, “So, no matter how great their wealth, it is better for them to wear suitable clothes…well adapted to their lives, without any pretentions to being something other than what they are (de Pizan).” Socially, she argues that the women are more “superfluous” than need be (de Pizan). In her example of the woman and her laying in for her child, she explains that the gathering was overly lavish and lacking in meaning. She does this to exemplify the type of woman that falls into this group. She also makes a point to say that the woman “surpassed” the ritual baths and other formalities of a laying in (de Pizan). This is important because later in the section she discusses religion and it seems as though she is warning against overdoing possessions because, “this earthly journey is short and that
Traditional views wanted women to be domestic. Namely, women were get married at a young age and having children. Traditionally, women were supposed to nurturing mothers and wives. For instance, they were supposed to be caregivers for their children, maintain their homes, and prepares meals. More simply, society viewed women as domestic and submissive people who were supposed to maintain their household by caring for their children and husband.
Upon marrying, women are expected to be a mother, nurturer, housekeeper and cook. All other aspects of a women’s life are secondary. Accordingly, in Middle Eastern tradition, women are forced to carry out these roles because of society's traditional view of a woman’s role. As a result, women lose their identity as they are so caught up in trying to fit the model their society has shaped for them. With my father being of Jordanian descent and mother being of Lebanese descent, I witnessed the same stronghold on women’s rights.
They hope or may even pray that one gets a chance to bear the Commanders child. The feminism is taken to the extremes with coinciding sex, secrecy escaping rights. Overall, Gilead is not a feminist society since women’s rights were taken away as a result of dehumanization and oppression of women. There is more a vision or hope of feminism that is present. The women try to lives there lives with some happiness and freedom, however it is hard since they are constantly watched by either the Aunts or the eye and have to abide strict rules.
Mary Whitney tells Grace what her goals should be and how she should act: “It was a custom for young girls in this country to hire themselves out, in order to earn money for their dowries, and then they would marry, and if their husbands proposed they would soon be hiring their own servants in their turn and then they, ―would be mistress of a tidy farmhouse, and independent” (Atwood 182). Mary Whitney is explaining to Grace that a woman needs to get married in order for her to be successful. This was the gender construction of the time, and she is trying to get Grace to take on that role. This is very true to the a... ... middle of paper ... ...ng it through Grace’s mother and Mrs. Humphrey. The novel depicts this construct of gender identity through society by molding Grace to believe women are subordinate and need to get married and be good housewives to be successful.
Penelope showed her cleverness when she told the town she would remarry when she finished weaving the rug. Every night Penelope would undo the work she weaved so she could buy time for her husband. She was very faithful to her husband and believed him that he would return to her. These traits that Penelope show are how other Greek women should act in society. The roles women played in society was that they needed to be faithful and loyal to their husbands, raise their children, and do other household task like clean, cook, take care of animals, be polite and hospitable.
Young girls were taught that they had to get married and have children when they get older. The education is received at home, the parents taught them about domestic duties only and it is how to become wives and nothing else. A woman was not expected to work unless she was poor and had no choice. If she didn’t married, she could work as a governess or a companion lady. So as a result of a lack of education women have to find a husband to support them.
MacDonald showed that a good mother can mean a variety of things and those that chose to stay home because they can afford to be not the only good mothers. A woman should never be limited when it comes to different aspects of the family, such as helping provide financially for their family. In addition, we cannot as a society’s shame others who choose to employ someone to help them. However, many have to realize that many caregivers dedicate their lives to making sure they protect a family for fewer benefits. I would recommend MacDonald,” Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, And the Micropolitics of Mothering” because it explores more than the lives of working mothers, but also the lives of nannies and how they are more impacted than the child
The expectations of women in story's was to be homemakers and to care for the family, with the consequences being that any freedom they may think they posses is taken from them. In the story Pair of Silk Stockings Kate Chopin demonstrates that women are to act like a mother and not being a free person as they desire to be. She demonstrates this with this by stating "... Between getting the children fed and the place righted ...". She is stating that women have to act like a mother and need to put there kids needs before her own.
Marriage was needed for the financial security of the family and it offered women a life and a place in society. This is why we see Elizabeth taking the opportunity to marry Darcy after refusing