Monday, March 28, 2011

Lessons from Victorian Era


"Possibly the most important, and most broadly felt pattern dominating the life of the Victorian woman was what the reformer Jane Addams once called the "family claim." According to the family claim, women, far more than men, were regarded as possessions of their families. In much of the world at the turn of the century, families regarded their sons as possessions too, but by the end of the 18th century in the U.S. important political and economic forces had begun to weaken the ties of parents and sons, but not – to anything like the same extent – between parents and daughters. " Examine the rest of this website, and answer this question: compare the lives of Victorian women with their own lives and with the lives of women they know well. What has changed? Is the change for the better? What might we all learn from Victorian ideals?

http://www.victoriaspast.com/LifeofVictorianWoman/LifeofVictorianWoman.html

8 comments:

  1. Women during the Victorian era were treated more like property or something to be claimed than people. Women stayed in the house, making clothes, caring for the ill, cooking and cleaning. Marriage was more like a license agreement where the husband was more like a master while the wife was his maid or servant. Life for women gradually improved in the 1900s when women were able to work in factories or become educated. However, it was still a struggle since women were not treated equally to men. Women finally spoke out and let the public know that this wasn't ok. While things are nothing like they used to be, women of the household still tend to do the cooking, cleaning, and care for the children while the man works. And even today, women tend to be paid less for the doing the same job as men.

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  2. As melissa said, women back in the old days were treated like property, Their were arranged marriages for the majority of people and whn it came to like kings, Queens, and certain aires, they would interbreed with cousins and other family in order to have that blue blood the rightful Air to the throne. Now in todays world theirs a little bit of victorian era. The majority of women still do house hold chores and watch over children, but people like to say that men and women are equal in todays society, which the majority of people will agree on. Except the women who feel like their still in shadows of Mens duties of this generation.

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  3. Women were seen more like an item, kind of like a slave; they weren't seen equal to the white male. Women were expected to do house chores and take car of people all day. Over time women have became equal to the white male and so has the difference between colored and white people. For the better women have gained the ability to work and leave their household, go to school, and have equal opportunities. Although in current day women are still not equal to men. Well at least not on the surface. In many cases somehow women are still seen as inferior to men. Men are still normally presented with greater opportunities than women. The Victorian era ideas should be reinforced to remind people how equal men and women are.

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  4. In modern day some look at Victorian woman's lives as being dull, controlled and in the shadow of their husbands. That was true, but many woman didn't see it that way, they looked at their life as if it were the path chosen for them, careing for family and running the household was what they were supposed "to want to do."
    That of course doesn't make sense but it's what the women were taught to think. In 2011 it's sad to admit but women are many times still considered to be "less" than men. Although we have many equal rights, as we didn't in the past some people continue to use the "victorian" mentality and still believe women should be held to their past role of being at home "barefoot and pregnant." Looking back at the Victorian era should help people see how rediculous it was to think of women in the way they did;it should help everyone enforce equality, and rid the image of a woman being inferior to a man.

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  5. Women in the Victorian time period were thought of as property of their husbands or families. A women's job was to care for her family, to cook, clean, and do anything else that needed to be done around the house. Victorian women were usually uneducated and seen as second class citizens to the men in society. Women today are more respected and are able to do more with their lives then just be a servant to their husband. Even though in our society there are more opportunities for women in their career or life, some just want to be a housewife. Some women believe it is their job to make their husbands happy and make sure all the house work gets done and they take care of the kids. So even though things have changed a great deal from Victorian times some still remain the same. This change has been for the better, because it allows women to do more of what they want with their life and not only do what the men want them to do.

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  6. Like what Annabel said, women back then had to obey there husbands and listen to what they say or they would get in big trouble. Even if they disagreed with this, there is nothing they could do. Women where controlled by men and it still happens to this day. Recently there was a poll and women made 77 cents to the mans dollar. So it is going time to get full equality all around. There is also some religious practices where men are allowed to marry many wives but the women are still forced to be faithful. So i guess this has to do with morals and how you are raised.

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  7. During the Victorian age Women were definitely looked down upon as property, rather than human beings, just as many people have already posted. Women were raised to only follow the way of living that they have been traditionally been living. This consisted of doing a lot of cleaning throughout the house and only learning few things that mold them into the "average" woman they were "supposed" to be.
    As already stated from other people, it is kind of sad how women are still being looked down upon by others. I even think that this is kind of wrong because women have made big impacts on our lifestyle today. I think that no matter what there will still be some people that will continually think of women as a "lower" class, that is until women take over the world...jus saying.

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  8. In the Victorian age, women didn't have any power. They weren't seen as humans, but more as sort of slaves and property. They were always at home waiting for the husbands demands. Now a days it is not like that, women aren't like slaves but they still do most of the things they did back then. Like cook and clean and things at home. But in some places people still think that man should have more power than women.

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