“Short sighted desire” has “subjected many” women, as well as made them unable to control oneself. Thus, suppressing one’s desires is important for Wollstonecraft: it is required in order for women to perceive the education, which is a way of gaining the equal right with men. Both texts, Zofloya, or the Moor (1806) and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), deal with desires and their suppression. In Zofloya, or the Moor, Charlotte Dacre shows what can happen if the desires take over a woman. All social liberties, which a woman can obtain by not performing the gender-constructed role that requires her to fully suppress her desires, can be lost if one follows her desires unlimitedly.
Questions: 2.) In this section, the Wife of Bath comments on the different answers given to the Knight, and her comments give insight to her opinions and views of women. For example, the text states, “Others assert we women find it sweet when we are thought dependable, discreet and secret, firm of purpose and controlled, never betraying things that we are told. But that’s not worth the handle of a rake; women conceal a thing? For Heaven’s sake!” This quote suggests that the Wife of Bath believes all women are incapable of keeping a secret, which is an untrue and harmful stereotype.
For women who did not grow up with Fuller’s advantages, it was a very daunting task. Fuller encouraged women to go against the grain and educate themselves. She told women to disregard society and learn to be an independent person. In these aspects she shows a few of Emerson’s main ideas. Fuller is different in her thought process though, because she is mainly talking to women in her essay.
Benjamin Rush anticipates some benefits for society and the family from extending education opportunities to women. In the eighteenth century, he emphasized that it was very important to educate and train women because it would expand the property and liberty of American society. Well-read women would influence the morals and manners of the country. As Rush supposed, it was essential that knowledgeable and skilled young women would prevent the American society to collapse as the British society. The effective and appropriate education would enhance English language skills for women, so they could teach their children and use it to converse with everyone.
One of her main points that would eventually make its way to modern society was the ability for women to go to school and get an education similar to a man’s. She wanted women to be given the same chance as men so that they could prove their worth to everyone. In a scene she wanted the reputation of women being weak and emotional to be destroyed that way women could have rights. In her book written in 1792, “A Vindication for Women’s Rights.”, she wrote, “To render mankind more virtuous, and happier of course, both sexes must act from the same principal;... women must be allowed to find their virtue on knowledge, which is scarcely possible unless they be educated by the same pursuits [studies] as
However there are still situations of women that are not been thoroughly modified, which leads us in the study of the condition of woman. Why she can’t completely transcend from her inferior state? From here we shall examine the factors that need to be considered: woman’s biological body, sexuality and economic worth. Also as she lived in the man’s world, how is she going to restrain from the imposed values that force her to remain in her inferior state. We will also inquire in Beauvoir’s concept of Independent woman to know if woman are likely to liberate herself from the system.
This quote gives two pieces of commentary on what is expected of women in the workplace. First, women who are trying to compete with their male peers must not appear too feminine. Fey is saying that by wearing a tube top and having your hair in pigtails, women will not be taken seriously. Not only are those attributes associated with being feminine, they
Women Injustice Harshita Kothamasu Have you ever stopped and really thought about why stereotyping, influences our perception of how people are supposed to be? Or how even in an advanced society being a minority still isn’t the best thing in the world? Not being able to express who you are in confidence, afraid that someone is judging you and telling you that what you are doing is wrong is taking away freedom of expression, and it is unjust. Women throughout history have been treated unfairly because of gender and are treated like objects rather than human beings. The limits of what Injustice is does not just extend to the law but what is considered unjust on a daily basis such as verbal and physical abuse and gender inequality towards women.
This can be exhibited when she states “..that a highly gifted girl who had tried to use her gift for poetry would have been so thwarted and hindered by other people, so tortured and pulled asunder by her own contrary instincts, that she must have lost her health and sanity to a certainty.” Woolf desires to validate the idea that “woman cannot write the plays of Shakespeare” but intends to clarify that this is not due to a lack of talent or ability equal to that of men, but simply because the societal structures at the time rendered it impossible for them to be equally successful. In the development of her argument, Woolf starts out by exposing the belief that it was impossible for women to “have the genius of Shakespeare” and she contextualises the reader with some basic information, given by an authority figure “Professor Trevelyan” about women’s conditions during the era. Woolf then provides the reader with a hypothetical situation to ponder on: What if Shakespeare had had a sister — that is, a female sibling of
She doesn't think that the idea of "woman" is a well-defined category. Society constructs subjects and then individuals come to represent them. Requirements preceded identity. When it comes to Michel Foucault, the "idea" of a woman may make women alienated from their own society, there may be a deeper identity that defines the category of a "woman." As long as feminism considers women a well-defined category that's universally identifiable... it undermines its ability to represent women.