This shows the absurdity that lies in blaming one gender of the equation since it requires male and female to create new life. However, it was very common to engage in premarital sex and when no charges were made, some people married out of wedlock. From then on, women were sought out to only raise children and their capabilities were limited to do housework. Besides physical strength, the main difference between a man and woman’s genetic makeup is the ability for women to be pregnant which doesn’t correlate to one’s intelligence. In early American life, married women were basically subjected to their husbands with no rights to own land, any amount of income they would make, would be given to their husbands.
In contrast to past gender stereotypes, they argue that girls should be strong, independent, and intelligent. Orenstein takes a second wave feminism approach, meaning females are just as capable as males. She references how she commonly writes about feminism and warning parents of a “preoccupation of body and beauty” in order to pull for a change in society (327). The beauty standards give women an impossible set of goals deterring their confidence. In addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329).
Perhaps Fitzgerald is saying that as long as we follow a patriarchal system that encourages docility in women, we as men would never live as meaningful a life as we can. So, we need to move past the idea that women are inferior sexual objects. We need to notice changing social dynamics and accept that women are just as equal as men. They say behind every great man is a great woman. This, however, is wrong.
In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, she uses her characters to challenge the gender roles of that time. In her book, women are the submissive and weaker gender. They cannot gain power without a influential or wealthy man backing her up which is usually connected by marriage. Considering since women have no powers in society, in marriages they also don’t have much power, therefore the husband suppresses their wives and doesn’t give them any freedom. Because the females are scared of the males, they don't fight back and just keep it in.
John’s wife really needs to break free of these stereotypes in order to feel fulfilled as a person. She says that “it is so discouraging not to have any advice and companionship about [her] work,” and that she believes that “congenial work, with excitement and change, would do [her] good.” John however does not realize this because he is still so involved in the patriarchal society. There is no one who is believable around him to explain this new way of thinking. He is very resistant to the change in his wife’s behavior about her place in society because it will also make him seem like less of a man. He has a reputation as a doctor and since he interacts with people who still believe in gender roles he is held down to their standards as well or he would risk losing his practice.
Furthermore, Ruth’s decision of abortion at the beginning of the play was unconventional since it was against gender expectation because it is against her duty as a wife and a mother. In Korea nowadays, the personality of a person is not judged based on their sex. Women are not expected to be shy and passive; not all women are clean and organized. Men are not expected to be tough and belligerent; not all men are lazy and disorganized. Although gender expectation greatly impacts the Youngers by categorizing them to superior and inferior, it scarcely affects people’s identity in
1920’s: Women’s Suffrage Alice Paul once said; “There will never be a new world order until woman are part of it.” In this quote the women’s right leader refers to how women are important to society. Society need women because of their capacity in a smartest way to take decisions. Unfortunately back to the 1920s man did not think women were necessary, in fact that all the women were being excluded from politics, sports, jobs and education. Women’s suffrage struggled with not only being accepted in society in daily activities, but fighting for the right to vote, the access to higher education, being excluded from jobs, equal payment opportunities, and sports activities. On the 1920s the right to vote was not designated for women.
Whether it be in their money, church, or respect, women were forced to live in their husband's shadow. As previously stated wives were responsible for the household. This reasoning behind this was in part so that the women would be to busy to meddle into affairs designated for the men (Westerkamp 39). A woman would not have the time or energy to do anything other than what was asked of her and that's the way men wanted to keep it. Women were convinced to have 8 or 9 children for this very purpose.
When a colonial women got married the legal existence is suspended, which means a husband can owned whatever belonged to them. Married women could not buy property, make a contract, sue or be sued in court, and especially could not make a will without the consent of her
This play, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, focuses on women, especially in marriage and motherhood. Torvald is a character, who describes inequality between men and women and the women’s role in the society in that era. He believes that it is an important and the only duty of a woman to be a good wife and mother. As an individual, a woman, could not conduct or run a business of her own, she needs to ask her father or husband and they were only considered to be father’s or husband’s property. Women were not allowed to vote and divorce if they were allowed they would carry a heavy social shame and it was only available when both partners agreed.