For instance in the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet insults women by saying that his daughters apart from Lizzy “are all silly and ignorant like the other girls”. Austen here makes a statement about women and their intelligence. Women themselves show willingness and acceptance of the patriarchal values. They do not resist and acknowledge the belief that men are superior and this is clearly shown in Pride and Prejudice when women accept their fate. At surface reading Mrs. Bennet could be seen as a hypochondriac women but literary theory has suggested that women were seen as inferior and always complaining.
Mary Wollstonecraft admits that men might be physically strength but unnecessary in modern society. The she indicated that it is not fair and to judge women and men with physically. “Bodily strength from being the distinction of heroes is now sunk into such unmerited contempt that men, as well as women, seem to think it unnecessary: the latter, as it takes from their feminine graces and from that lovely weakness the source of their undue power; and the former, because it appears inimical to the character of a gentleman. That they have both by departing from one extreme run into another, may easily be proved; but first it may be proper to observe, that a vulgar error has obtained a degree of credit, which has given force to a false conclusion, in which an effect has been mistaken for a cause.” But there are woman who are boast about how weak they are and it is sign on delicacy. ” I once knew a weak woman of fashion, who was more than commonly proud of her delicacy and sensibility.
As a writer during the Great Depression, John Steinbeck impacted an audience who found consolation in his famous literature, during a time of desolation and despair. Through the means of his writing, women have a perpetual role of trying to deviate from their societal roles, but are inhibited and rejected by society. The female characters in Steinbeck’s writing all are depicted as inferior in relation to their male counterparts. This observation brings about a new query open for deliberation. Was one of the most preeminent writers in history prejudiced against women?
Swift and Pope differ greatly in their views on women. Looking at Swifts Christian beliefs, his writings reflected his adversity to pride and vanity. He felt these were special flaws of women. It could be argued that Swift hated women, yet he often collaborated with women. One the other hand, Pope had a genuine understanding of women; he seemingly could put himself “in their shoes”.
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” a quote said by Timothy leary a former male american psychologist and writer. In the early 1900’s women did not have the simple right of voting, during those times men were given all the power even if they were abusive towards women it was acceptable. Now a days women have overcome many of these obstacles, not only with the right to vote but by having one of the biggest names in history are women. Everyone thinks that there is nothing but equal rights and everyone if given what they deserve. However there are a lot of people who are opposed to the idea of gender equality and think that it is ridiculous but it is one of the most important things to have for two main reasons.
Two misogamic views were remarked: one that claimed that all women are bad wives and celibacy was the way to a higher form of living and the other one sustained that both men and women have bad qualities. (Kemp 39) The adherents of these ideas thought that women were an error of the nature, they had a lot of flaws and they were less worthy than a man. Also, they assumed that marriage is unbearable because women are intorelable. The most radical among them had considerated that every women wants to be a man or that women are not even human. (Bock 13, 26).
He embodied her writing in creating deep-misunderstood masterpieces. Thus, some concluded his art is considered as a major element that reinforced the inferiority of women. Despite the fact that some people believe that arts and society do not determine each other. Although women have been oppressed at that time when De Beauvoir wrote the second sex, in which Picasso made it worse because in their times women were seen as sexual objects, housewives and creatures who are emotionally unstable. De Beauvoir wrote her second sex book in which she discussed the reasons beyond calling women as the other.
Women in the era of the Renaissance were often restricted and accused of succumbing to their “stereotypical nature.” In the book “Yael Manes,” one can read that “man viewed woman as a lower human species incapable of thinking for herself and hardly adept at making sound decisions” (DiMaria). This is an ideology present in the story of Othello. Throughout the story, Iago constantly uses this as the foundation of the reason for Desdemona and the infidelity of all women. Iago also dictates that women “rise to play and go to bed to work” (Shakespeare 2.1.115). He explains and
It gets me so angry that men would think that they actually have control over women because they need to feel superior and feel like they are in power. The thing I don’t understand is why the whole female population didn’t rebel against what was going on. There were women who didn’t agree with the feminist women such as the author who
Despite the fact that they were desirable creatures who provoked the attention of males all over the world, who’s beauty was appreciated and who’s input were vital when it came to keeping the household together and raising children; women did not have the ideal place in society. This was because they were seen as the weaker gender, they had to be satisfied with being ruled by males, and before the revolution of women empowerment, those who were feminists by heart had to suffer in silence. It was highly inappropriate for a woman to step out of line and in some countries such an action would even be punishable by death. The French constitution of 1792 banned women from public life, and Emperor Napoleon’s Civil code of 1804 was implemented in Europe, subsequently. This code denied women any legal rights and access to divorce, which meant that their husbands had control over them, confining them to a subordinate, domestic role.