Women 's Rights Of Women Essay

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biographies was discouraged. In submission, true women were required to be as submissive and obedient "as little children" because men were regarded as women 's superiors "by God 's appointment" (Welter 1). The aggravating part about these “womanly customs” that annoys me the most is that underprivileged women like Jacobs were still expected to conform to these social norms unconditionally. The painstaking issue I have with this is that the majority of white women during this time, like Welter, were too ignorant and oblivious to see that other women were too inopportune and disenfranchised to reach such a level of individual autonomy. Also, these so called holy virtues appear to be nothing more than a trap set by men, in order to get women to behave in a fashion that is preferable to them. These customs that women are expected to fulfill are all a part of a scheme to enable them to play their inferior and subservient role, leaving no other option but for men to be the superior sex. “But, O, ye happy women, whose purity has been sheltered from childhood, who have been free to choose the objects of your affection, whose homes are protected by law, do not judge the poor desolate slave girl too severely” (Jacobs 48). Jacobs’ tone and diction is full of sarcasm, on the surface she makes humor, but deep down it gets under her skin. For lack of a better metaphor, Jacobs is frustrated that women are falling into society’s ploy and giving into temptation without question. They are…

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