Blog #4 Gilman

Gilman discussed the very important and unfortunately still prevalent issue of gender inequality. She blamed the economic arrangements for the gendered division of labor in American society. Men dominated while women were subordinate. Gilman expressed her frustration with women being bound to the job of “housemaker” and strongly felt that it was both physically and emotionally destructive to the women. Taking a look at American society today, we HAVE come a long way. Women now have careers outside the home and even hold the same positions as men in the workplace. The concept of a “stay at home dad” now exists. Men and women appear (on the surface) pretty much equal in that regard. Yet, as much as society has progressed, in some ways a lot still has not changed since Gilman’s time. When push comes to shove and one parent needs to stay at home with the child, it will usually be the mother. After a long day of work for both husband and wife, most likely the wife will be the one making dinner and “keeping house.” Of course, this is not the way of every household and there are many husbands and fathers who step up to the plate and take responsibility. From what I have seen in my own life and through my own experiences though, the label of “housemaker” still very much sits on the woman and I wonder if there will ever come a time when that label will truly be stripped away.


3 responses to “Blog #4 Gilman

  1. I completely Agree. Times have changed, and perception of women have changed. Now we see the men are not the only ones taking care of a household but women are too. Now families are more like a democracy and a partnership between two people. Unfortunately the idea of women as caretakers and housekeepers hasn’t completely stripped away from society. Perhaps that’s because history is a constant reminder of what our society was about. So that idea itself is inevitable since we’re constantly look back into history.

  2. To further elaborate on your discussion, I believe that Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games” is an excellent example of how women can challenge the stereotypical norms that a patriarchal society places upon them. Throughout the course of the film, she possesses many masculine-like qualities that make her stand out as a strong feminine figure, including hunting in the forest for sustenance, watching over her distraught mother, and stepping forward to take her little sister’s place in the competition. With her quick agility and sharp thinking skills, she could serve as a good role model for other women to follow; however, there is only one point in the film where she stands in a passive mother figure for her teammate Peeta when she finds him injured in the forest and has to nourish him back to health.

  3. I completely agree. The way women have been treated, and perceived over time has changed dramatically. It’s more acceptable these days that women and men could be housekeepers. However, the idea of women being housekeepers didn’t full evaporate but it definitely evened out with males and females over time.

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