In the book The Dance of The Dissident Daughter written by Sue Monk Kidd, The Author Kidd tells of her experiences throughout her life as she finally begins to wake up from the deep sleep she was in within the patriarchal society and the change of not only her views but of herself. Sue Monk Kidd has only viewed herself as a mother and a wife and a loyal member of the church, not acknowledging her own wants and needs as a person. Kidd goes through this journey of finding herself and her inner feminine self after being asleep for years, after being influenced by the church and society around her she begins to realize she is more than a wife and mother and that she is her own person while slowly figuring this out in a heavily patriarchal society. This journey is …show more content…
Always being told the men in the bibles and the biblical stories were the heroes or the good people, while she was also always told that the more inferior and weaker ones were the women such as Eve, who bit into the apple, who was the “first sinner”. In Society around that time and even many years ago, It was extremely common practice in the church and society that the belief was that men were on the top, the strongest, wisest and smartest. And that women were in second place, inferiors, weaker and submissive to all. Almost all feminine figures in the church were seen as inferior to the men, seen as whores, seen as only mothers and wives. So to only see and hear these kinds of things keeps you in this place where all you believe is that you as a woman are inferior to men and others, that you have no place besides being a wife and mother. But Kidd was able to break free from this mind set by discovering female goddesses in other cultures and religions outside the church. It changes her whole view point on the feminine divine and her feminine
And how women were treated as nothing but objects. Women were used scape goats for the witch craft and Satan worshiping allegations.
The first sentence of the book immediately stood out because it addresses the stereotype that society put women into at that time, “A woman’s environment was the family dwelling, and the yard or yards surrounding it” (Ulrich 13). The reader now knows that a woman’s duties during this time period were strictly confined to the house and nowhere else. However, it is astounding to realize that a woman can learn most of her trades during this time period from the house. It is true that during this time period women were the epicenter of trade it is even stated in the bible, “She is a skilled manufacturer, ‘She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.’ She is a hard-working agriculturist: ‘With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.’
In the story, God stated to Eve that Adam was in charge of naming things. However, Eve already knew her name and her purpose. Throughout, the story it goes on to talk about the traditional story and the gender roles of Adam and Eve. Throughout history, women have always been presented
The author ,Susan Strehle, further supports this when she analyzes Nathan’s true personality and prejudices and states that “Leah comes to realize that women have no place in her father’s system of values...in Nathan’s view, their proper role is quiet, humble acquiescence to and support the exceptional man” (###). At one point, Leah admits to the evident gender inequality both in the Bible and the eyes of her father when she says “ For Father, the Kingdom of the Lord is an uncomplicated place, where tall, handsome boys fight on the side that always wins... What do a girl’s bravery and righteousness count for, unless she is also pretty” (Kingsolver 244). Both the quote by Strehle and following quote by Leah reveal that Leah begins to struggle and resent the environment and people that she grew up around because her wish to be seen as an equal was found neither within her father or the Bible. As Leah begins to witness her sister’s decline and her own lack of equality that she longed for from her father, she began to doubt her place within the environment that she grew up in and in the Bible.
The story begins with ‘creation’, the god Zeus instructed Prometheus to create man, and Epimetheus to create all animals. By giving almost all the ‘gifts’ (such as swiftness and courage) to the animals, there was none left to man but that of to stand upright like the gods. In the Bible, this is represented by God creating man in His image. So, Prometheus, despites Zeus’ disapproval, gave man fire. Enraged, Zeus decided to create the greatest punishment for man, which was the creation of the first woman.
Feminist interpretations of the Bible are very scarce, but Susan Foh and Phyllis Trible grapple with the role of women in Genesis 1-3. Susan Foh, a Christian scholar, wrote on Genesis 1-3 with the fundamental thesis that men and women are equally blessed in the image of God, or ontologically equal, but the creation stories designate a functional difference where man is the head and woman is subordinate. In Genesis 2, the man was created before the woman, and Foh uses the order of creation as evidence that women are subordinate. In contrast, Phyllis Trible’s fundamental theses in her essays aim to depatriarchalize interpretations of the Bible and argue that men and women are equal. Trible highlights that the temporality of creation in the second
Women were expected to be housewives and mothers. Married women weren’t allowed to own property or have jobs. Many women were accusing other women. Jealousy factor on widows who were able to own property and have jobs from women who didn’t. Men felt that they were able to turn back to God before they were drawn in by the devil.
Men had a masculine exterior and submitted their inner spirit to Jesus. Women had a hard identify with the same. Reis notes that women held mankind’s original sin very personally with the exception of a few. This is seen in some of the confessions made by accused women, who denied the charges of practicing witchcraft but however admitted to being wicked beings. Magistrates in some cases deemed such confessions to be justifiable cause for execution.
During the 19th century, women were overshadowed by the men of their household, therefore they had no sense of independence nor dominance. In Mary Freeman’s short story, “The Revolt of Mother,” the author presents Sarah Penn, a woman who takes a stand against her husband. In the beginning, the reader learns that Sarah is a hardworking mother and wife. She maintains the household work and meets her children needs. She is suddenly confused of her husband’s actions concerning their future.
Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him” (http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/sojtruth-woman.asp ) This quote explains the fact that women, not men, were used to create Christ Himself. So why are women being treated unfairly for doing this?
I believe that the passages from the book depict how women were treated as objects. For instance, “Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever… Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by
Religion was core in American values in the early 1900s following the first and second Great Awakenings which strengthened Protestantism, so when religion was used to justify silencing women, it reached a wide audience. For example, Orestes A. Brownson defined a “Woman’s Sphere” in 1873 by using a variety of divine laws to justify how women are too incompetent to be progressive workers, or anything outside of being “a wife and a mother”, for that matter. Brownson further uses religious justification to oppress women in stating that it was women who brought mankind down in the Garden of Eden by eating the poison apple which caused humans to eternally be sinful and imperfect. He uses this old parable to illustrate how women are the root of sin and deceit. He also explains that God blessed women with “patience, endurance, passive courage… [and] great administrative ability” which qualifies a woman only “to take care of children”.
This is important as the change in education implemented the idea that educated women would divert from Christian values but a man strongly opposing the idea dismisses it, and lends a supportive perspective of educated women. However, something that is not showcased in this document is that women were taught theology, basic arithmetic, and language which limited them to their lives at home. Not being so educated in a vast variety of subjects like the men of their times eventually led to the downfall of women. They lost power and and didn’t have a very crucial role in shaping
Major continuities and changes regarding various views of women in the years between 1450 and 1700 include both the continuation of disdain towards women and the emergence of the idea that women are equal to men. Women were often thought to be of less value than men, an idea that originated early in history and progressed throughout this time period. Some men and women began to speak out against inequality and, whether directly or indirectly, influenced new ideas causing others to believe in the power of women. Many views of women in the years between 1450 and 1700 continued to show the age old idea of women being seen as the inferior gender. James Sprenger and Henry Kramer wrote that women are more likely to be attacked by the devil because they are more naive than men (1).