The Woman Question

The Woman Question - of the outer life penetrate into it...

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“The Angel in the House” Samantha Harvey Assistant Professor Department of English Boise State University
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“Women’s Mission” By George Hicks
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The Woman Question:   education for women suffrage legal rights (divorce, property  ownership, custody of children) the role of women as wives and  mothers
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Queen Victoria, in a letter to her recently married daughter, written in 1858 “There is great happiness . . . in devoting oneself to another who is worthy of one s affection; still, men are very selfish and the woman s devotion is always one of submission which makes our poor sex so very unenviable. This you will feel hereafter I know; though it cannot be otherwise as God has willed it so. (NA 1581)
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John Ruskin,  Of Queen’s Garden  This is the true nature of home – it is the place of  Peace; the shelter, not only from all injury, but  form all terror, doubt, and division. In so far as it  is not this, it is not home; so far as the anxieties 
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Unformatted text preview: of the outer life penetrate into it, and the inconsistently-minded, unknown, unloved, or hostile society of the outer world is allowed wither by husband or wife to cross the threshold, it ceases to be home . . . but so far as it is a sacred place, a vestal temple, a temple of the hearth watched over by Household Gods . . . so far it vindicates the name, and fulfills the praise of Expectations for the “Angel in the House” Submissiveness Purity Innocence Weakness Moral and ethical values (sensibility) Heart rather than head (sentimentality) Tenderness Sanctity of marriage Separate and unequal roles Double standards: expectations of purity and morality for women, yet 1/4 of women were working in difficult and low-paying jobs Victorian Pornography “Awakening Conscience” By William Holman Hunt...
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