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Victorian Era Gender Roles

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Daiyan Chowdhury

on 7 January 2016

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Transcript of Victorian Era Gender Roles

Victorian Era
Gender Roles
The Male
During this era there were certain social expectations that the separate genders were expected to comply by.
Men and women had very distinct roles, especially in the upper classes of society.
Social "Norms":
Men were highly expected to provide sufficiently for their family, their work in a family meant bringing home the money.
This was a chivalrous time, and men took great pride in being the protector of the home and family.
Men were superior over women and received many more rights , such as the right to vote and own property.
Men were considered greater in both mind and body.
Head of household.
Men were considered fallen, because their sexual desires and sins.
Victorian era was dominated by the belief that an individual's sex and sexuality formed the most basic core of their identity, potentiality, social/political standing, and freedom.

The men who most strongly opposed prostitution were often the ones that were most frequently participating in it.
The Female
Social "Norms":
Kept at home: cooked, cleaned, etc.
Main role in life was to marry and take part in their husband's interests and business.
Were not allowed to be educated or gain knowledge outside of the home.
Expected to be innocent (one of the most important qualities a man looked for in a wife).
Hardly had any freedom.
Considered the "angels of their home".
Women were expected to be innocent and pure; premarital relations would cause a woman to be unable to marry (marriage was the ultimate goal).
Female population was larger than the males during this time leaving 4% of women unmarried and automatically considered fallen through no fault of their own.
Sexuality was not their own, it belonged to either their husband or the government.
Women who were unable to marry often resorted to prostitution to provide for themselves; this was widespread.
There was little to no options for women to learn about themselves or their bodies (discover their sexuality), any discussion was considered rude or pornographic.
Married couples were only to have intercourse for pro-creation, and even then women were not to enjoy the act.
Men did not believe in the concept of the female orgasm
- The Victorian Era spanned from 1837 to 1901 during the reign of Queen Victoria. It is known for it\s values of social and sexual restraint.
- It was also a period of repression and shame.
-This era is considered to be the most progressive and prosperous in all of the history of England. This is because a few of the arts introduced were the arts of Gothic and Romantic elements.
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