Analysis Of Feminism By Susan Cruea

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For this essay, I have chosen to write about Feminism. The article chosen is by Susan M. Cruea entitled, “Changing Ideals of Womanhood During the Nineteenth-Century Woman Movement”. Her purpose throughout her article is to show the reader how women were mistreated my many men in the 1800s and her frustration is on display for the readers to see. For my argument, I will help support Cruea’s claims about womanhood with secondary sources by Lisa Tetrault entitled, “The Incorporation of American Feminism: Suffragists and the Postbellum Lyceum”, and by Michael S. Kimmel entitled, “Men’s Responses to Feminism at the Turn of the Century”. In this essay, I will display a series of points, from the sources given, to help support the notion that…show more content…
This is just one example Tetrault uses in her article. Throughout her article, she used multiple examples of discrimination towards women in the 1800s. In the poem “This is my letter to the World” by Emily Dickinson, she talks about how she wrote a letter the world and it did not write her back. There are many interpretations of it, but the way I interpreted it was that her viewpoint is of a woman in the 1800s and being discriminated against because she is a woman. One of the lines in her poem says, “For love of Her – Sweet – countrymen - Judge tenderly – of Me” (Dickinson1678). In my interpretation, these lines were asking the men in the 1800s society to not judge so harshly. In the 1800s, women wanted to be a part of society and wanted their voices to be heard, but the world did not want to listen. This relates to what Susan M. Cruea talks about throughout her article and how women were mistreated in the workplace and socially. Later on in Cruea’s article, she mentions how women’s role in “society” was only as a housekeeper of sorts. “During the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s, the nonproductive matron became a symbol of ‘bourgeois class hegemony’ through an ideal now known as the ‘Cult of True Womanhood.’ This ideal ‘prescribed a female role bound by kitchen and nursery, overlaid with piety and purity, and crowned with subservience’ (Smith-Rosenberg 13)” (Cruea 188). Because of this description of Womanhood, men saw women as

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