Women's Suffering Essay

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Women’s Suffering

In today’s society the public tends to socialize gender to an extent. As soon as people are informed the sex of a baby, they automatically go out and buy blue clothes for boys and pink clothes for girls. We think of baby dolls for girls, and trucks for boys. What if it went further than that? During the Victorian era, being born a girl meant much more than little dolls and pink, it meant a lifetime of servitude. Being born into a family where one was raised under harsh conditions, then getting married off to be husband’s housewife, not just a wife. During the Victorian era, if one was born a woman she was automatically subject to a lifetime of servitude, and it took strong feminist views to deviate from the social
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The subordination of women was acquired at a very young age and extended as she grew older. A girl was born and raised under strict and stern conditions of her parents, and when she reached the age of nine she was no longer considered a child, and was under complete subordination to the authority of her parents (Davidoff, 410). Parents’ goals were to impose certain characteristics that were deemed desirable of a good housewife. Qualities such as respect, obedience, and humbleness were expected of women whereas a man should be quite the opposite (Davidoff, 415). Often times, this was done through abuse and violence. If a woman were to be proud or pompous she would be seen as deviant, therefore; would never find a proper suitor for herself. Victorian England tended to base someone’s status and social standing on their ascribed status, not their achieved status. People were only deemed “honorable” and “admirable” because of what they were born into rather than what they were able to achieve throughout their lifetime. Due to a man’s “prestigious” status, he was not to be bothered with “petty” demands of household dilemmas, and expected his wife to shelter him from these types of concerns (Garton 47). Since vital role of a housewife and servant was to not bother the man of the house, it reached the point were the most intimate human relationships were mediated through servants (Garton, 51). Although women
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