Women's Issues in Renaissance England and Today
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The paper discusses how women in Renaissance England were considered to be subordinate to men, were seen as having moral and intellectual weaknesses, were viewed as the property of their husbands and were restricted to a motherly role. The paper describes how we still see this today in society and argues that the fact that abortion is still illegal in some states means that women should not be given the right to make decisions over what they want to do with their own bodies. The paper also discusses how in Renaissance England, the women were seen as belonging in the house, tending to the children and cooking meals for the family, yet they were also meant to accept when he was unfaithful. The paper looks at the similar role of women today and asserts that although women's rights have advanced, there are many similarities to women in Renaissance England.
From the Paper:"Women in Renaissance England were considered to be subordinate to men and this theory came in a large part from the Old and the New Testaments - especially Genesis (Mendelson & Crawford 32). The first example is that Eve was a secondary creation, after Adam, and from his rib. This gave the theory then that woman was made for man. This was then applied specifically to women's duties in Renaissance England. The second example is that Eve's moral and intellectual weakness was the chief cause of the Fall and its subsequent disaster for all mankind (32). Women were seen as having the same moral and intellectual weaknesses that Eve possessed. The punishments that were given to Eve one by one entailed special disabilities for mothers and wives (32). A wife's obedience wasn't simply her duty but it was also necessary for pious women.
"Women in Renaissance England were restricted to a motherly role. We still see this today in society. Women are the primary caregivers, by and large, for their children. It is much more acceptable for a father to leave his wife and family than a woman to leave her husband and family. There are different standards for women when it comes to their duties as mothers that persist in today's culture. This is most likely because women are seen not as people once they become a parent, but they are seen as the everything for that life that they have given birth to."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Henderson, Katherine. & McManus, Barbara F. Half Humankind: Contexts and Texts of the Controversy about Women in England, 1540-1640. University of Illinois Press, 1985. Print.
- Mendelson, Sara. & Crawford, Patricia. Women in Early Modern England 1550-1720. USA: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
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