Woolf on the Economics of Gender Inequality Analytical Essay by Nicky

Woolf on the Economics of Gender Inequality
A discussion on Virginia Woolf's beliefs on the association between economics and gender inequality.
# 148400 | 1,464 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 18, 2011 in Literature (English) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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The paper discusses Woolf's argument that women in fiction have been historically a poor fit for reflection of the ways in which actual women think or feel, primarily, because women have so consistently been excluded from the recording of history. The paper explains that the notion that women should not be expected to work for a living functioned as a clear impediment to the entrance of women into the field of literature and this was a clear impediment to literary fiction's capacity to accurately portray the female figure. The paper further explains Woolf's belief that there is a dispossession of self in the absence of entitlement to money or property and therefore the existing depictions of women in literature are fundamentally and problematically bankrupt of realism. The paper concludes that today, there is continued relevance to this idea as women still grapple for equal pay in various lines of profession and they struggle to gain respect in an artistic world accustomed to the male viewpoint.

From the Paper:

"Woolf traces this experience to something that we begin to understand as a socially enforced device of patriarchy. If power was defined by property, and women had neither, they might at best have been considered the property of a powerful man. As Woolf considers a history rife with instances of arranged marriages and women of ambition relegated to the quiet confines of the home, she attaches this to a clear economic principle. Her discussion reflects on the idea of heredity, which of course feeds into the perpetuation of familial and cultural wealth. In something less feministic and more scrutinizing of her own gender, Woolf considers derisively those women who had previously helped to establish the egregious patter or patriarchy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Woolf, V. (1929). A Room of One's Own. Ebooks at Adelaide. Online at http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/woolf/virginia/w91r/

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