WomenInMens Society

WomenInMens Society - Caldwell 1 Kimberly Caldwell Bush...

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Kimberly Caldwell Bush English 132.036 24, February 2008 Women: Oppressed or Custom? Since the early 1900’s Women have been seen as the weaker sex from mans point of view. Woman are expected to do all the cooking, cleaning, and caretaking while men are allowed to go out and get jobs, make money, and can expect to come home to a clean house with a hot meal on the table. This was known as the “Victorian concept of “separate spheres” that divided the world according to gender, the believed that men should be the breadwinners and that women—or at least ladies—should not work outside the home.” (xvi, Beannetts) Although women’s roles in society are still generally the same, women can now work, or choose to continue to be a stay at home mother. Neither role is frowned upon anymore. In the early 1900’s women were extremely oppressed. Women were viewed as the weaker sex. “During the 1950’s suburban housing blossomed.” (11, Brykman) Women became expected to stay home all day while men went to work were made money. Women were expected to cook, clean, and raise the children, while men are expected to do all the manual labor, make money, and have everything catered to them. “Most Americans believe that the 1950s lifestyle was the “norm,” with Dad working to support the family, while Mom cared for the children in a spotlessly clean home with fresh-baked cookies.” (11, Brykman) Women were not allowed to work, or overpower
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