The Role Of Women And Their Dependence On Men

966 WordsDec 7, 20154 Pages
Both Parson and my father’s ideas about the role of women and their perceived dependency on men encompasses common beliefs surrounding the roles of women, which Gilman theorized not only negatively impacted women but prevented society from being productive and developing. Rather than viewing women as only mothers and wives, Gilman’s writing came from a far more contemporary approach than both Parson and my father, where the progression and productivity of society is dependent on women’s financial and emotional emancipation from gender roles and men According to Gilman (1898), economic arrangements is to blame for women’s dependence on men both economically, and for self-worth. Moreover, this division of labor has led to the exploitation of women physically and emotionally. Gillman focused on how this phenomenon not only negatively affects women, but since meaningful work is the essence of self-realization for humans, the modern sexuo-economic arrangement of men and women are a waste of efficiency and productivity for society as a whole. According to Gilman, instead of women’s worth being identified through her talents, her value is directly attributed to her marriage in which she is bound to. (Appelrouth, Desfor and Edles 2012: 198-216) When a woman is married to a man who produces less capital her worth as a person is seen as less than a woman who is married to a man who provides more money. Additionally, Gilman discusses how aspects related to taking care of the house,
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