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EUST2011 Assignment 1

EUST2011 Assignment 1 - However the situation had changed...

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After the Middle Ages, from the 16 th century to the beginning of the 20 th century, there was a great change in attitude towards the relations between the sexes in Europe. In the 16 th century, an increase in the feeling of shame surrounding human sexual relations can be found. The inequality between men and women had existed for several centuries. Thanks to the socio-economic transformation brought by the Industrial Revolution in the 19 th century, this inequality became narrower and narrower with the rise of social status of women. In the mean while, some conflicts between men and women also arouse. In the 16 th century, the women had little or even no respect. Extramarital relationship of men was not allowed, but could be found at that time. Also, for instance, the procession of a wedding customs into the bridal chamber was led by the men, but the bride was undressed by the bridesmaids and she had to take off all finery. Such customs reflects the status that women had in the 16 th century.
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Unformatted text preview: However, the situation had changed after the 17 th century, when the society started to be an aristocractic one. At that time, the dominance of the husband over the wife is broken for the first time. The social status and power of the wife rose and was almost equal to that of the husband. Women determined social opinion to a high degree. After the Industrial Revolution, as men and women started to work in factories separately, the family structure had changed. Before, men were the one who earn all household income, but afterwards, men and women shared the burden. As women had the ability to be independent from men, their social status rose rapidly. This is totally different from how women were treated in the 16 th century. To conclude, the socio-economic change of a society did influence the attitude towards the relations between men and women a lot in the European history, especially after the 16 th century. Cliff Ng Chun Keung 2008206894 EUST2011 Reading Assignment I...
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