During the time periods from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century, women’s roles began to change. This was still the time when people lived in a male dominated society, and women were subservient to men. Women were meant to be innocent and uneducated, or at least this is what men thought. Women were not allowed to engage in society. Only the husbands could do that, and the women had to be obedient to their husbands.
In the renaissance period, the status and the presentation of women was oppressive and restrictive. Women were allowed to enjoy very few economic and political rights and acted submissively in front of their fathers and husbands. They were forced to remain in the domestic part of their society. Their roles as daughters, mothers and wives were considered significant in the renaissance age. Their reproductive capabilities was extremely important for inheritances and for maintaining the family line.
Men have always believed that they should “own” a woman and her body, that a woman should only care about pleasing her man and her family. Women are so much more than that, and Molly Wollstonecraft was a strong advocate for woman, with very strong opinions. For a woman to have an opinion this strong, and for her to publish a piece about it during this time period was not common, since as Molly stated, women were not allowed an opinion. This piece shows that throughout history women have always had to fight for the same basic rights to make us equal to
Women were below men in the eyes of the church, and this can be seen as a direct correlation into how people acted in this world. Again, these people were completely infatuated with the moral and actual law of the church, so as a result gender equality was imbalanced. The relationship between the church and women as important as any other aspect of life during this time period. The church wanted things to work in the ways in which they did, and without that the power of women might have been much more significant during this time period. The church held women at bay however, and defined the role of women which was strictly followed.
They are asked to leave out of courtesy to them, not their wives or daughters. It was thought to be improper to see a woman give birth. “Childbirth was one area of life that was distinctly female; men...generally excluded from the birthing chamber” (Married Life). Although this allows for many sexist ideas to be shared, it also allows for the beautiful relationships between women to be created. Women had to stick together in a world run by men.
There’s a power balance between the three men and the two women in The Reeve's Tale that is influenced by patriarchal values. The author limits actions performed by female characters to carry stereotypical assumptions of gender expectations. If you examine closely, the miller's wife is unnamed purposefully because she is considered untrustworthy and invaluable to Symkyn. Also, any credibility that is given to a female, has to have a man present to accept those responsibilities. This formulates that women cannot exist without having some type of man to establish their credibility.
In brief, women were obedient possessions of their husbands and if they were opinionated or outspoken, they were unwanted and looked down on. Women were always told what to do and what to say by a man and could never express their thoughts and emotions, irrespective of the class they belonged to. How Shakespearean women defy their stereotype The stereotypical women during the Elizabethan era were mere possessions of their husbands, and had no rights, whatsoever. During this period, the ruler Queen Elizabeth I, thwarted the norms and ruled over England without getting married as she did not want to lose her dignity to a man. The women in the Merchant of Venice, one among Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays, like Queen Elizabeth I, defy the odds and show the real capability of a woman.
As black women always conform under patriarchal principles, women are generally silenced and deprived of rights because men are entitled to control everything. Women are silenced in a way that they lose their confidence and hesitate to speak up due to the norms present in the society they live in. Hence, even if women have the confidence to try to speak, men wouldn’t bother to listen since men ought to believe that they are superior to women. In addition to that, women often live in a life cycle of repetitions due to patriarchal principles since women are established to fulfill the roles the society had given them. It is evidenced by Celie as she struggles to survive and to define oneself apart from the controlling, manipulative, and abusive men in her life.
Men and women are human beings and equal in each rule in this life. Although there are differences between them, these differences make them unique and special. In fact, men always think that women are created to be treated as slaves. For instance, they prevent them from saying their opinions and forcing them to stay at home to cook and raise their children. However, women have to fight against these men in order to prove themselves in the society.
Cause of intimate partner violence stems from individuals and interpersonal determinants. Individual level, such as stress, lack of emotional control, lack of anger management and perpetrator’s previous history of aggression is also one of the keys. The cultural factors are about social values norms and mores, there were the most important. The evidence that domestic violence against women in Thai culture is about power of men and the subordinate roles of women, e.g. men who believe that their wives belong to them, have to take care of them and be responsible for all work in the house, and are also be always available for them to release their sexual needs and society's attitudes about gender roles and expected men as leaders.