The Cult Of True Womanhood And The Cult Of True Womanhood

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The history of the world is a complex arrangement of happenings and occurrences that have shaped the current state of civilization. At a fundamental level, history is the driving force behind every element of society that exists today. Within history, there are several factors that have and continue to determine the way in which our society functions. One of the most significant of these factors is gender. Today, conceptions, viewpoints and ideas surrounding gender are always changing. It is this fluidity of thought that ultimately allows society to progress forward and create change. However, gender has not always been as openly discussed. Tracing back through history, gender has consistently been a point of identity among humans. …show more content…

Thus, they were better suited to the domestic sphere. A related idea expressed in The Cult of True Womanhood was that women were meant to be moral guardians. Because women were spiritually pure, and therefore, closer to God, it was thought that their innocence would be ruined should they venture anywhere outside of the private sphere. Hence, they were seemingly best suited to the home. Essentially, a woman’s purpose in life was to perform household chores, prepare meals, nurture her children and serve her husband. In the 19th century, there was much literature written for women that reflected the expectations set out by The Cult of True Womanhood. One prominent example of this literature was a women’s magazine entitled The Young Woman’s Journal. This work, published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and founded by Susa Young Gates, was an illustrated journal directed at adolescent females. Each issue included scripture quotations, short stories, recipes and articles covering various topics. The Young Woman’s Journal also carried a wide range of advertisements which, like the content of the journal, correlated to the gender roles present in the Victorian Era. Beginning in October of 1874, there was an issue published each month up until October of 1929. In total, 40 volumes of 10 issues of The Young Woman’s Journal were released during this span of time. Because The Young Woman’s Journal ran for such an extensive amount of time, it is

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