Feminism, The Belief That Men And Women Should Have Equal Rights And Opportunities

1635 Words Oct 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Feminism, in its truest form, is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” (“Feminism”). Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is a novel that brought attention to feminism during 1928 when feminism was not a topic discussed due to cultural stereotypes and gender roles that limited what males and females could do. In Orlando, her transition does not seem to affect anyone’s view on who Orlando was as a person. Though her physical life changes drastically as she so suddenly changes from a Duke to a lovely lady, her mental state and social life seems to change in only ways that would be considered social and cultural matters. For instance, Orlando would have to present herself in a feminine manner and attend social events that would illuminate her femininity through elaborate gowns and eloquent conversations. She was also, in many ways, required to marry in order to live the life she so dearly desired. With all the new aspects of Orlando’s life, she seemed to struggle with which gender she wished to embody due to the fact that she was one who had the unique opportunity to experience life through both genders. Despite the obvious gender change that Orlando endures during chapter three, it seemed to everyone else that “the change of sex, though it altered [her] future, did nothing whatever to alter [her] identity” (Woolf 79). Everyone that she had come in contact with or would soon come in contact with later in the novel were in complete acceptance of her…

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