The Subjection Of Women By John Stuart Mill

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Written by John Stuart Mill in 1860-1861, as the Victorian era took place in England, “The Subjection of Women” is a critical piece of analysis in regards to the status of women in society and their unequal relationship with the opposite sex. During Mill 's lifetime, women were considered to be inferior to men by custom and laws, and therefore, they were expected to be submissive in nature. Deeply influenced by the ideas of his wife Harriet Taylor Mill, and John Stuart Mill’s own beliefs, “The Subjection of Women” was published in 1869, becoming a piece of literature that would not only challenge the common views of society at the time, but would also advocate for different approaches in light of modern times. Throughout his essay Mill…show more content…
Therefore, any conclusions on woman’s nature should only be taken after women have been given the chance to truly experience equality. As Mill himself maintained:
I deny that anyone knows or can know, the nature of the two sexes, as long as they have only been seen in their present relation to one another. Until conditions of equality exist, no one can possibly assess the natural differences between women and men, distorted as they have been. What is natural to the two sexes can only be found out by allowing both to develop and use their faculties freely

Another of the arguments made by John Stuart Mill in the first chapter is that even when society had seemed to accept the idea that a person’s birth should not determine his/her social position in life, when it comes to the subordination of women there is not such acceptance. Men continue to believe that it comes natural for women to prefer the vocation of wife and mother before anything else. However, they choose to overlook that women across the globe have been educated into the mentality that they are supposed to be feeble, emotional, and compliant. That they have been taught to submit to the superiority of males and most importantly to always put first the interest of their family and their men before her own, defining with it the way females
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