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Gender Roles Through
Transcript of Gender Roles Through
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.
Considered the parent who would support the family; wealth passed on to eldest male
Men dominated all decision-making in political, legal and economic affairs
Defend the country
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.
Women were subject to fathers, husbands, brothers and adult sons.
Marriage and Motherhood were idealized
Subject to men
First few years taught at home
Continued education at home
literature in different languages
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.
"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