History of Paternalistic and Maternalistic Views on Women's Livelihood

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Throughout history, a woman’s role was clearly defined to be a mother and dutiful wife to her husband. There was a time where women were considered to be less intelligent than men simply because they were women. However, this changed during the nineteenth century. Although women were still considered to be defined as mothers, they also sought out work as workers in factories and became more than just mothers and wives. In the nineteenth century, there was a shift in the view of women. They were given more of an education in order to prepare their sons to become better citizens. The reason was because the men had realized that woman needed to be better educated to teach the values of a good member of society to their children. This took…show more content…
(Barton 2011) “As Dohash et al state, they were 'based on the assumption that females needed a firm paternalistic hand to guide their development' (1986: 72). Likewise, referring to the Glasgow Penitentiary for prostitutes, Mahood notes that inmates were reformed through 'a strict regime of "mild, whole- some, paternalistic Christian discipline"' (1990: 78). And I myself remarked that refor- matories were often utilised by fathers and husbands as a last attempt to '.. .assert some paternalistic control over their wayward females' (Barton 2005: 69).” (Barton 2011). In the analyses of female reformers, their honest compassion and humanitarian intentions were occasionally unnoticed. (Barton 2011) “As Lewis (1992) has argued the work they undertook was often harsh, laborious and, in the con- text of an institution like the Refuge, undoubtedly challenging.” (Barton 2011). In the case of some female reformers, their desire to help others by doing things well and having good relationships with the women that were under their care was genuine. However, this does not give any reason as to understand the detached, almost impatient attitude that was seen to permeate the formal records of the institution. (Barton 2011) In spite of this, the reformatory was actually a community that strived to have an idealized conception of the middle class Victorian family (Barton 2011). Therefore, the execution and mundane inquiry of routines of both ethical and

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