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Gender Roles Through

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Elizabeth Deakin-Poot

on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Gender Roles Through

Gender Roles Throughout the
Victorian Era

Main Idea
The gender roles of the Victorian Era were much different than ours today. There was no equality in genders at this time; men had their roles and women had their own separate roles.
Home
Considered the parent who would support the family; wealth passed on to eldest male
Society
"Great Men"
Men dominated all decision-making in political, legal and economic affairs
Supports Family
'Masculine values'
Defend the country
'Gentlemen Entertainment'
Theatre
Conclusion
In conclusion, the gender equality was a paradox during the Victorian era. Males dominated all aspects of decision making, while women were considered lesser. All the while Queen Victoria was the highest in power; a contradiction to the idea of women being weak and incapable.
Knowing the roles of both men and women of this era has a major impact in theatre in the way characters interact, their morals, and even their personalities.
Men
Men
Men
Men
Women
Women
Women were subject to fathers, husbands, brothers and adult sons.
Women
Women
"Weaker Sex"
Subsidiary role
Marriage and Motherhood were idealized
Subject to men
Education
First few years taught at home
School
University
Continued education at home
Men
Women
Subjects:
Mathematics
literature in different languages
law
philosophy
the sciences
modern history
Subjects:
French
Sewing
Drawing
Dancing
Music
The use of gloves
Domestic abuse towards women was common
Men always had the law on their side
Raised into a world of gender inequity where they are considered superior to all women.
*See quote.*
"Think what it is to be a boy, to grow up to manhood in the belief that without any merit or exertion of his own... by the mere fact of being born a male he is by right the superior of all and every one of an entire half of the human race,"
- John Stuart Mill in his 1867 polemic against 'The Subjection of Women'.
Motherhood and virginal innocence was idolized
Women were defined physically and intellectually as the "weaker sex"
Divorce was made legal in Britain in 1857 but it was very rare in the 19th century.
In this presentation we look more in depth to the home, society, education and theatre life for both men and women in the Victorian Era.
Melodrama: stereotypical/ gender specific roles
traditions portray women as delicate, fragile & dependent; however, as actresses had to act the opposite
Men and women were considered relatively equal due to the freedom given in theatre
Salaries ranged depending on the roles
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