The Presentation Of Gender And Sexuality

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When England came out of the Middle Ages and entered the Early Modern era, the change served as a revival for the country. With a woman now on England’s throne, the ability to play with the idea of gender was a necessity, and thus influenced society as a whole. Like many aspects of the period, the presentation of gender and sexuality began to change with the rest of England’s Early Modern era. Conversely, gender play, and even cross-dressing, in this era were both considered alternatives that had to be contained for it disrupted England’s to social standards. Therefore, the structure of gender roles was concrete and strict, for its intention was used to keep the social order to remain in balanced and keep the general public functioning as it had for many years prior to the time. Historically, the act of defining femininity and what it means to be female was exceedingly important for a woman of the time to know, learn, and understand. By doing so would allow women to remain loyal to the roles they had been “destined” to play and would keep the social order in early modern culture intact. As the social order had been multiple times prior to the era in many cultures, the value of gender is measured by hierarchal status: men were on top because it was considered masculine to be “superior and commanding” (Rose 17), whereas women remain beneath men for women were considered “inferior and subordinate” (Rose 17) and was not suitable to be involved in anything within the domain of
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