Inequality Victorian Era was not characterized by equality between man and woman, but by the apparent difference between them. In the 19 th century, women in general had the same rights and duties but there was a very fine line dividing the lower class from the middle class and middle class from the upper class. Women should and were going to be in the domestic sphere. They argued that change was fundamentally wrong, that those women calling out for change were deluded and should understand their natural role and be satisfied with being in the home, looking after the family. At the close of the Victorian era, few women of this class were self-employed by being a nurse, writer etc. One public opinion of women's sexual desires was that they were not very troubled by sexual urges. As soon as they married, however, their property and any money they owned transferred to their husband.
She was to cater to the needs of her family. Following such principles allowed men, allegedly controlled by their mind or intellectual strength, to dominate society, to be the governing sex, given that they were viewed as rational, brave, and independent. Domestic violence towards wives was given increasing attention by social and legal reformers as the 19th century continued. This just shows that just because the upper class women had a bit more money in their pocket, they felt they were superior to these women who actually had to work for their own money. In 1883, the met and established the. Scrubbing the front wooden doorstep of the home every morning was also an important chore to maintain respectability.
For some gas, water, electricity and even the motor car were already in use. This was followed by Newnham College in 1872, but at the time they were not recognised by the university authorities. Yet change was happening everywhere. In Jane Eyre, the women who portray the mid-lower class were Diana and Mary rivers. The situation that fathers always received of their children, leaving the mother without any rights, slowly started to change. Should she refuse, then the magistrate could order her to be taken to the hospital and there forcibly examined and if found, in either case, to be suffering from venereal disease, then she could be detained in a hospital for a period of up to three months.
The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum. Many women adopted the that showed their more serious concern to be recognised as thinking beings with much to offer society beyond being a social asset for a husband. . To run a respectable household and secure the happiness, comfort and well-being of her family she must perform her duties intelligently and thoroughly. The accepted reasoning was that the career for women was marriage.
In his book The Cut of his Coat published in 2006 Brent Shannon argues that middle-class men also participated vigorously in fashion and you can read the book review of. As a result, pimps, men who managed prostitutes, would go out and kidnap little girls to bring them into prostitution. She suffered from hysterical outbursts as a teenager, and could not bear to eat with the rest of the family. These changes included political, scientific, industrial, military, and especially cultural alterations. The men of the Victorian Era believed that a women's place was at home. See and also Gender Roles of Victorian Era for Men and Women.
Rochester unknowingly with her, this situation brings light to the misogynistic, male ego side of Mr. Manners and Morals of Victorian America. At the time, women writers were generally not well respected, so Mary Anne Evans chose the pen name of George Eliot to publish her novels. The poorer the neighbourhood, the higher the rents. The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum. This was an excuse for the husband to end the marriage with his wife.
This again shows how men think that they can rule over women and force them into unwanted marriage. Needlework was the single largest paid occupation for women working from home, but the work paid little, and women often had to rent sewing machines that they could not afford to buy. Middle-class Victorians used the train services to visit the seaside, Large numbers travelling to quiet fishing villages such as , and began turning them into major tourist centres, and entrepreneurs led by saw tourism and overseas travel as viable business models. This new movement gave birth to the new woman concept in the era and was the reason for major reforms in favor of women. Visible minority groups, such as indigenous and labourers, were marginalised and suffered profound discrimination.
Anne Brontë writes in vivid detail of these problems in her first novel, Agnes Grey 1847. She succeeded in modernising the nursing profession, promoting training for women and teaching them courage, confidence and self-assertion. Paid work for middle-class women was frowned upon. The pretense of avoiding acknowledgement of anatomical realities met with embarrassing failure on occasion. Wives, daughters and sisters were left at home all day to oversee the domestic duties that were increasingly carried out by servants.