The Ideals Of The Perfect Body And The Societal Norms Essay

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In history there has always been different ideals of the perfect body and the societal norms that come with having this body. Many doctors of the nineteenth century have tried to rationalize this theory, mainly known as eugenics, and they also have tried to build the perfect human based on the ideals of it. Eugenics is the theory that by cutting the individuals on the lower half of the bell curve, one will create the perfect human race (Davis 4-5). The ‘normal’ or ‘perfect’ body is usually decided by the general population at any given time period. “The norm pins down the majority of the population that falls under the arch of the standard bell-shaped curve” (Davis 3). Those that fall under the bell curve are seen at the norm and therefore they follow the societal ideals of what is right and acceptable. However if an individual does not live up to these ideals they are marginalized by society. Women living in the nineteenth century during the Victorian age were no different. The ideals for females consisted of them being domestic, passive, pure, dependent on men, and many other standards that neither of the women in the following literature pieces embody (Radek).
Women of this time period had to deal with many societal expectations including being a good mother, wife, and an upstanding woman in her community. One disease that plagued many females of the Victorian age was known as hysteria and this disease lead to the downfall of many females in the eyes of their…

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