The Current Context Of Chinese History, Gender Issues Have Formed And Evolved Throughout Time

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In the current context of Chinese history, gender issues have formed and evolved throughout time. These certain issues have been embedded in the past, the present, and shaped visions for the future. From the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, there have been reforms and revolutionaries that compelled people to realize the problems that occur to women within a patriarchal-dominated society. There are two prominent reformers in that period who helped give a voice to the oppressed females, Qiu Jin and an unnamed male author of the Women’s Magazine. During this particular time period, the reformers asserted their opinion and condemned the widespread gender issues that existed in the past and present, while they also…show more content…
Whereas, males are considered to be superior to females, and at the center of traditional society. In the past, men are the ones who make the core decisions for his wife and children. Therefore, there is often a sense of subordination in the relationship between a girl and her father and a woman and her husband. Jin dislikes the fact that men have perpetuated the practice of footbinding in order to make women seem desirable only if they have “lotus feet”. Footbinding was meant to enhance a woman’s beauty and make her movements seem daintier. Instead, subjecting women through the footbinding customs has caused women pain and misery. Many reformed scholars, like Jin, disagreed with footbinding. They argued that, at default, women must rely on her family or husband due to their limited mobility. A woman’s limitations may have prevented her from participating politically, economically, and socially in the community (Ebrey, 343). In the reformists’ point of view, footbinding can be considered as a means of control over females and a sign of status within the household or society.
There is an underlying tone throughout Jin’s passage. The author criticizes the past and present context of issues within gender. Not only does Jin voice her hatred for how women are treated by men in an unjustifiable way, she also believes that women must not play victim to these matters. She stresses the idea that women must learn how
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