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Women And The Ladies By Linda Pastan

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A shrieking kid, a barking dog, the oven timer going off, a hungry husband that just got off work, and a tired fatigued broken-down wife. This is what full blown motherhood is like, and it all started with a “happy” marriage from a loving relationship. Marriages murder women and the poems “To the ladies” by Mary, Lady Chudleigh and “Marks” by Linda Pastan show that women should not have married men two centuries ago, and that women should not marry men now. It is always husband and wife, Adam and Eve. Women are put below men in a relationship. When the husband makes more money than the wife everything is fine. The man is supposed to support the family “he wears the pants in the house”. However, when the wife makes more money and is the main supporter of the family that is when the jokes come out. “Wives shouldn’t be the main supporter of the household, they should cook and clean” this has been the norm in society for many years. As in “To the ladies” written in 1703 “When she the word Obey has said, / And man by law supreme has made,” (5-6). We see that when the husband says that he wants something done the wife will do what he wants, only because he is a man and only the husband makes the rules of the household. Marie Howe once said “In learning how to be a girl in this culture, we are learning how to be objects” (730). Women have always been considered object like, but when they are married they become his object, his wife. At least when a woman is not married she still
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