An Analysis Of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's 'Well Behaved Women'

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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s essay “Well Behaved Women” is a reflection on how she believes her slogan “Well behaved women seldom make history” became so popular within a community of individuals, all of which believe the slogan relates to them. To utilize the meaning of this slogan, many companies, bloggers and artists have created media using the slogan, one of which will be discussed within this analysis of Ulrich’s viewpoint on the issues of her slogan. The image that will be discussed in depth is a picture of two young women attempting to enter a restricted area, as indicated by the “Do Not Enter” sign on the fence, by one hoisting the other up over the fence. These young women seem to be very happy with what they are doing; judging
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Within this quote, Ulrich is saying that her slogan is being received by many different people, all of which have varying views on life. When she speaks of anarchists, hedonists and witches, all of whom are clearly defined as individuals that break down social norms set upon the female race in society, and are obviously not “well-behaved- by certain standards. On the other hand, by contrast, the “quite a few well-behaved women” provides that there are others besides those defined as misbehaving that find meaning within the slogan. Those who are viewed as “good girls” that follow the rules and don’t act out according to the basic lines of acceptable behavior believe that they too can relate to Ulrich’s slogan just as strongly as their counterparts. This relates back to what Ulrich’s primary standpoint on the issue of her slogan is; that all people can relate to her words, and thus makes the quote an ambiguous saying. In comparison to the image that uses Ulrich’s saying as a way to show that only girls relate to the words within it, the previous passage states that that is only part of the whole picture, and is only a fraction of Ulrich’s intended purpose for the saying. This is not the only way Ulrich shows her purpose of her slogan, as she speaks more about the people that create meaning to

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