(YILDIRIM,46) Women no longer wanted to adhere to the strict values imposed in the Victorian society and obey the demands of their autonomous husbands, nor remain responsible for everything in the household. Society labeled the females who had sex before marriage as evil and impure; therefore they could no longer marry a male because a man would be full of shame if he ever had relations with a dirty woman. Throughout the Victorian Era, there existed a concept that male sexual pleasure was more important to society than women sexual pleasure because men are fundamental to human reproduction. This idea clearly indicated that men were in control while women were inferior beings in society. Men were scared of the strong sexual desires depicted by women because they felt threatened that women would gain sovereignty over men.
BACKGROUND: Historically, in western society women’s sexuality has been suppressed and controlled by male power. Women 's sexuality before the Victorian age was seen as a volatile, all-consuming, dangerous phenomenon, a wild and destructive force that must be tamed (by threat of rape/violence and by actual rape/violence), all of which preserves patriarchy. The vagina was said to have teeth, representing the dangers of the sexually irrepressible vagina as consuming male flesh. It was commonly held that women 's sexual appetite was insatiable, and that men could not keep up. This made men fearful that their women would be unfaithful; women were at this time considered property, after all, little more than chattle whores.
Victorian Era From 1837 to 1901, the Victorian Era had a massive impact on England. During this period, many new social and industrial innovations began to occur and was considered to be a time of prosperity and stability. But there had also been developments of many inequalities, which included wealth and gender. Overall, the Victorian Era was a period of many changes which included fashion, employment, lifestyle, and poverty. First of all, the Victorian Era included many changes in clothing and fashion.
Social gender roles of women and men during the Victorian Era were very strict and looked upon differently than any other time period. One of the many characteristic features of the Victorian culture was its patriarchal ideas about women. This culture looked upon sexual activity as a negative matter amongst women. The theme of sexuality is very significant
Because there was an Imperial system, the Victorian age was apparent. They both worked together to colonize not only America, but also the Eastern continent, bringing their strong views of immigration and society. Imperialism is defined as using any means necessary to extend the country’s power throughout the land. As for American colonies, with Imperial ruling, Queen
An important aspect of this period was the expansion of British imperial power; the British empire significantly expanded their colonial presence in many parts of Africa, India, middle-east, and Asia. Preceding the period of Romanticism, the Victorian Age adapted a new trend of literature. Many novels were published in serial form, along with short stories and poetry. Additionally, writers wrote realistic works, which helped to expand a look at the real world. One of the few notable writers of the time was Christina Rossetti who wrote this poem depicting many themes which were significant during the Victorian Age.
The discussion of gender and sexual representation in literature has ancestral references that go back to the classical period of Greece. There we can find works like The Bacchae tragedy of Euripides and Lysistrata comedy of Aristophanes. However, it was not until the XVIII century that a systematic insurgency of women's rights began, headed by Mary Wollstonecraft. In 1792, this British author publishes A vindication of the rights of woman, which discusses that women must have an education commensurate with their position in society. In the XIX century, Thomas Hardy brings the gender issue to Tess of the d'Urbervilles, showing that the condition of women in Victorian England brings unique implications to their trajectory as an individual.
In the Victorian era, the woman had a determined place and role in society- she was considered to be the one that maintained a family. Her only “centre of interest” was to take care of the issues related to her home, which was like a shelter. ( Ionoaia). So she belonged to it and had no close relation with the outside world. The society had this ideal image of women, thus, they were expected to behave in that way, and if she did not do so, she could have been judged or have a bad consequence.
In the following essay, I will do a complete semiotic analysis of two Victorian-era posters/images. Going through both denotative and connotative meanings, as well as linking them back to old Victorian period values. The Victorian Era occurred from 1837 to 1901 and was a time when the British Empire was the most powerful nation in the world. It was also a time when the middle class rose significantly and upper class was not just a hereditary lifestyle anymore (The Victorian Era – 1837-1901 [sa]). First, we will take a look at the Summer At The Cape Of Good Hope, Afternoon Tea On The Stoep (see Figure 1) painting.