Mary Wollstonecraft does not agree with the statement that women don not have enough mentally strength to become morally good by themselves. She says that: “To account for, and excuse the tyranny of man, many ingenious arguments have been brought forward to prove, that the two sexes, in the acquirement of virtue, ought to aim at attaining a very different character: or, to speak explicitly, women are not allowed to have sufficient strength of mind to acquire what really deserves the name of virtue. Yet it should seem, allowing them to have souls, that there is but one way appointed by Providence to lead mankind to either virtue or happiness.” Mary Wollstonecraft believes that if women have souls they supposed to have rational power as men. “Thus Milton describes our first frail mother; though when he tells us that women are formed for softness and sweet attractive grace, I cannot comprehend his meaning, unless, in the true Mahometan strain, he meant to deprive us of souls, and insinuate that we were beings only designed by sweet attractive grace, and docile blind obedience, to gratify the senses of man when he can no longer soar on the wing of contemplation.” Then she added that the women should be kept as children and taught nothing but skill for pleasing the husbands. She agrees that children should be kept innocent.
“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.
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*.
Women face getting treated differently, lower paying positions, the opinions of men, and the idea that because they are women they are not capable of the same kind of work men are capable of. The more people that support the different movements for women’s rights the better chance of this issue becoming more well known. Although some may know the struggle women go through to be compared as equally to men, there is still room for more to learn about this issue. Just because women were brought on earth to make more lives does not mean they are weaker and should have to go through this everyday of their
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.
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.
However, her character embodies the struggle of a real woman. Despite being equally gifted, Judith would be held from achieving the greatness her brother would go on to accomplish, as “it would have been impossible, completely and entirely, for any woman to have written the plays of Shakespeare in the age of Shakespeare.” (Woolf 523) While one could argue the shortage of famous, impressive literary works by women proves they are less capable than men, I can distinguish what Woolf truly implies. Essentially, the playing field is unequal. Fortunately, today we have less of this imbalance. As Quindlen says, “women should not be only permitted, but welcomed into a variety of positions and roles only men occupied.” (72) However, this was not the attitude in Shakespeare’s time.
Many of these thoughts stem from long-lived stereotypes and how women were treated in the past. Education has become much better, though and men and women both have access to great education. Therefore the reasoning to treat one gender differently from another should lessen. In the past employers could argue that women do not have the knowledge or capability of working for the same amount, but now they
She gets to do so because her experience differs from man, and from any other woman, same race or otherwise. Woman is ever evolving and will defy definition as time passes. In Beauvoir’s introduction she doesn’t offer a definition of woman, instead she offers how woman has been defined which is intriguing. Quoting Aristotle Beauvoir writes, “The female is female by virtue of a certain lack of qualities. We should regard
Outside of the brothers’ own discomfort surrounding the idea of sex and pregnancy, these cultural beliefs could have played a large role in the edition differences (Tartar, 1987, p. 8). Gender norms of that era were harsh, strictly dictating a woman’s behavior and appearance. There was a high value on domestic duties and elevated moral grounds (Hughes, n.d.). Concerning marriage, a woman should not seek out a husband, as that would show a sexual appetite, which society heavily stigmatized within that era. Women held the expectation to only desire a marriage due to motherhood, without any urge for sexual or emotional gratification (Hughes, n.d.).