Gender Roles And Expectations Of Romanian Men And Women

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Under the rule of President Nicolae Ceausescu, the marginalization of women within socialist Romania was strengthened by the government’s denial of sexual liberation to women. In Ceausescu’s refusal to allow women governance over their bodies, restrictive reproductive policies that emphasized the femininity of women were created. By placing such an importance on femininity and a woman’s ability to reproduce, instead of a woman’s right of choosing whether to reproduce, Ceausescu’s regime solidified the patriarchal and traditionalist ideology of socialist Romania. It is from these patriarchal and traditionalist ideas of Ceausescu that gender constructs concerning the roles and expectations of Romanian men and women were adopted, accepted by governing figures, and forced upon societal members. The Romanian government’s focus on the femininity of women and denial of bodily authority and integrity to women, fortified Ceausescu’s regime’s belief of a woman’s femininity being subordinate to a man’s masculinity. It is from Ceausescu’s regime claiming authority over the bodies of Romanian women and his imposing pronatalist beliefs within the lives of both men and women within socialist Romania, that the idea of femininity being subordinate to masculinity was supported and solidified.
The subordination of femininity when compared to masculinity stems from societal standards that were constructed from androcentric and traditionalist values. Governmental powers under Ceausescu
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