Victorian Domestic Virtue

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The fourth cardinal virtue of a True Woman was “domesticity”. It meant a woman’s understanding and realization of responsibilities as a house manager. The bifurcation of society into separate spheres sidelined women to domestic affairs. For a Victorian woman, the only option was to invest her energies in domestic work. Therefore, the Victorian society expected dexterity in domestic duties from woman. Hence, this engagement resulted in idealization of an ideal domestic existence. In this ideal domestic existence, woman occupied the position of cook, washerwoman, cleaner, seamstress, gardener and nurse, with no salary except boarding and lodging, and such clothes and pin-money as the wage-earner saw fit to give. In the affluent family units,

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