Discrimination of women in the victorian era
For women, preserving modesty while riding was crucial. To be able to go to work, mothers would often pay other women, usually very elderly or very young, to watch their children. Moreover, the key symbol of democratic equality, the parliamentary franchise, was expressly and repeatedly withheld from women.
Ideas relating to reproductive health were the obvious exception, generally both 'read back' into gendered theories of individual health, and also deployed in prescriptive notions of sexuality and sexual behaviour.
Magistrates even authorised protection orders to wives whose husbands have been convicted of aggravated assault.
The owners of the slum housing included peers, churchmen, and investment trusts for estates of long-deceased members of the upper classes. With the hindsight of a whole century, the latter view is perhaps more persuasive, for the situation in can be seen to have its beginnings in the Victorian era.
This meant that mothers also had to be religious, since religion supported the view of women as free of sexual passion and gratification.
Womens rights in the 19th century
A voluminous skirt with blouse and headgear. A woman dressed like the Victorian times. In the Victorian period, the married couple becomes one entity where the husbands were responsible to control and look after their wives. For children from poor families often the only official form of education was through Sunday school. On her wedding day, she became one person with her husband and thereafter everything she did was under his direction. Limiting family sizes resulted in resisting sexual desires, except when a husband had desires which as a wife women were "contracted" to fulfill. A Depiction of Women in Victorian Literature Right and privileges of Victorian women were limited, married as well as non-married women had to suffer a lot, they had to face many hardships both sexually and financially, and endure many inequalities with their social and married life. Throughout the era, 'masculine' values of courage and endeavour supported military campaigns and commercial expansion. For example, in , Annie Besant was denied the custody of her daughter because she had written in a magazine promoting birth control, sex for pleasure, and was an admitted atheist.
Men only perceived them as virtuous if they shunned sex and were seen to be meek, submissive, and conforming.
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