The Renaissance’s attitude towards gender and sexuality was completely different from that of the Middle Ages, which considered women as dangerous sexual creatures. "For the first time in Western history," for example, "men stressed the fact that females should be educated. The Platonic orientation in humanist thought may have spurred them to do so" (Bell, 182). (mohja)Actually, the primary purpose behind the call for women’s education was not to heighten her position in society, or to “overturn her subordinate domestic role”, but to make her a better wife and mother. Indeed, it was only the high rank women who were allowed to be educated*.
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.
Beyoncé proclaims to the world that she is a modern day feminist in her song “Flawless”, which, according to her is: “the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes” Her definition of a feminist is correct as women should be able to do whatever they want to do assuming that they want to do it, and that they can do it. Not all women want to do things such as join the workforce, compete athletically or go to war. Just because men have the right to do these things does not mean that it is a good right to have. Most believe that this is a misnomer of feminism, and is anti femininity because it encourages women to abandon their femininity and instead adopt masculinity by mimicking what men do. Females and males are supposed to behave in certain ways.
Not only did men see women as unintelligent, they also saw them as weak and compliant. What made this worse was that women of higher status would have a lot of free time since they had servants to do everything. They would spend their time strolling around or doing ‘feminine hobbies’; this affirmed mens’ notion that that women were idle and did not do much, so they treated them this way. To see how dire their situation was, one must must only have to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While fictitious, this story does show one bit of truth, the way women were being treated during this era.
Role of Women in Ancient Empires Throughout the modern world, we mention the concept of equality between men and women and try to equalize their positions in society. It is illogical for women to ask and try to prove that they are equal with men because equality is something that are already given to humanity, but contradicting the role of women by men is what created the gap between them. By looking at history, we can say that accomplishing that goal of making their position equal is not easy. Whenever we start reading a historical context or myth, it is obvious that the role of women is not considered as important compared to men, and women won glory that time when they are mentioned in the arguments the least. If there are women that are mentioned as protagonist, the women usually are described because of their 'outrageous behavior '.
Over history, the rights of women has been something that needs to be fought for. Women are treated differently than men, they are not as appreciated as men are. Stereotypes say that men are better, men are stronger, their ability is better than women. People have grown to believe in this stereotype. Emma Watson is one of the most influential people because she is trying to break the stereotype of gender inequality by encouraging men to play an active role with women’s rights, by being a positive female role model, and breaking down traditional gender roles.
According to (Schmalleger & Smykia, 2015, p. 377), “One early state case, Barefield v. Leach (1974), demonstrated that the opportunities and programs for female inmates were clearly inferior to those for male inmates.” Women knew that going directly to courts would allow them to get the rights that they deserve. “On the heels of the civil rights movement, women wanted guarantees of equal opportunities in school and career, as well as equal pay for equal work. But opponents thought the amendment was unnecessary- and even dangerous” (Davey, 2012). Since I’ve been around, I have been able to apply for jobs that I was interested in, so I could only imagine living in a time where I couldn’t. Also, less pay because I’m a woman sounds unfair also.
However, some may argue that the reliance on sexuality does not celebrate a women agency because it is demeaning to women and prolongs the stereotype that women are just eye candy/sexual objects. I do not agree with this because everyone has the right to do as they please with their body as long as it does not harm them or society. In my opinion, sexuality is not the most significant aspect of the femme fatale characters, it is the emotional manipulation. 2. After reading chapters 1 -12 I concluded that Cora is indeed a “femme fatale” because she is both sexually attractive from Frank’s perspective and has a habit of complicating things for the men who love her (Frank Chambers
Although Wollstonecraft agrees with Rousseau that women are biologically not as strong as men, she does not believe that physical strength is a reason for women to be seen as subsidiary to men. According to Wollstonecraft, the systems of education in place perpetuate socialization among the sexes which results in a society in which women are not using their reason while men lack reason. This knowledge brings the importance of education to the forefront as the current educational system is perpetuating inequalities among women by educated youth to conform to the stereotypical gender norms that are brought on by socialization. To combat the negative aspects brought on through the educational system which perpetuates inequalities brought on by socialization, Wollstonecraft calls for an educational system that focuses on understanding rather than one that nurtures sensibility at the cost of understanding (Wollstonecraft, 82). She believes that the current educational system contributes to some women’s dependence on men as due to the amount of time that women have been dependent, “is it surprising that some
Mary Wollstonecraft devotes her life to feminism and “she fully believes that, if given the chance, women could be just as smart and virtuous as men are” (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). As a result, Mary Wollstonecraft doesn’t propose that women should be superior to men and as she wrote in From A Vindication of the Rights for Women, "I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves" (Kwatra, H.,2013). Besides, in Vindication, Mary Wollstonecraft also expresses that although women might be less physically strong than men, they shouldn’t be considered to be weaker than men totally and the reason is that physical strength is not the only point to evaluate one’s ability in modern world (Romantic Period). As a consequence, in addition