NEW VERIZON NIA - If you compare the standards women were...

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If you compare the standards women were held to one hundred years ago to our modern-day, you, unfortunately, find more similarities instead of progress. For generations, women are always fighting against a double standard idea. Women are allowed only to take action in behavior that has been decided for them without their control or permission. This double standard is defined as separate rules or principles that unfairly apply in different ways to different people or groups. Dated all the way back to the Bible, man has always been considered the superior gender. The male half of the population is allowed to perform certain actions without punishment solely based on the fact that they are a different gender. The idea of female sexuality leads to social and internal judgments or punishments unlike discussions of male sexuality. Women have consistently fought back for years and have shattered sexist boundaries for their desired rights. A movement called feminism has developed and continued to bring awareness and support. Famous feminists such as poet Christina Rossetti, take their talent and passion and produce ideas that challenge the double standard. In her poem “Goblin Market”, Rossetti introduces a desire that isn’t accepted by society and shows the negative effect on women. A pair of innocent sisters are faced with opportunities and consequences throughout the poem. The sisters Lizzie and Laura are constantly being beckoned by a group of goblins near their home. These goblins are described as evil, half man half beasts that try to entice women to taste their delicious fruits. “Figs to fill your mouth. Citrons from the South. Sweet to the tongue and sound to the eye. Come buy come buy” (Rossetti). Lizzie informs her sister Laura to ignore all the calls and promises from the beasts. Unfortunately, Laura is successfully lured to the beasts and takes pleasure in eating their luscious fruit. The day after Laura participated in eating the fruit, she cannot hear the beasts beckons and realizes she might never taste the fruits again. She suddenly becomes very ill and depressed with this realization and worries her sister Lizzie. Anxious about her sister's health, Lizzie sacrifices her body with the intention to bring fruit back in hopes she can save her sister. Lizzie is harassed and heckled by the beasts
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