A room - Haidet 1 Allie Haidet English 101 Dr Buckman Equality Between The Sexes It seems as though ever since the beginning of time men and women

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Haidet 1 Allie Haidet English 101 Dr. Buckman 4/1/08 Equality Between The Sexes It seems as though ever since the beginning of time, men and women have consistently sought superiority over the other. Each thinks that they are doing their gender good by trying to be the better one. In Virginia Woolf's time, most would agree males had dominance since the man was the one who worked and had relatively few restrictions in his life. Women, on the other hand, were kept in the home with few job opportunities and even fewer chances of getting an education. In her book, A Room of One's Own , Woolf believed that equality was coming, "Moreover, in a hundred years. ..women will have ceased to be the protected sex. Logically they will take part in all the activities and exertion that were once denied them" (40). With this statement in hand, Woolf explained that women were the "protected sex" and because of that, they essentially lived in birdcages. They were expected to perform when needed, but otherwise stay where they were and leave everything else to the men. Women stayed at home with the family, while men worked and provided. That was the way it had been for a long time. Whether or not women were overly protected, it depends on whose perspective one takes. For instance, men would generally have taken a "women are protected" stance. They believed that by keeping the “weaker” gender at home, men were fulfilling their masculine duty to watch over those who needed it. By
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reserving many enterprises for themselves, they held on to that sense of power and importance. At the other end, women probably felt restricted. They enjoyed a limited amount of freedom, and could not simply get up and do whatever they felt like. Certain activities were reserved for men only, and it was extremely difficult
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Buckman during the Spring '08 term at Wittenberg.

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A room - Haidet 1 Allie Haidet English 101 Dr Buckman Equality Between The Sexes It seems as though ever since the beginning of time men and women

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