Blog #2 Gilman & gender inequality

“The Yellow wallpaper” is a short story written by Gilman in which she gives the readers a great view on the gender inequality in that era in which women were looked upon as dependent housewives/housekeepers as the husbands were the breadwinners who made the decisions of the household and for all of its members.  The narrator has an illness in this story  and her husband tells her to be on bed rest.  Although she does not believe she has an illness she despises this yellow wallpaper with it’s ugly patterns which frustrates her but her husband refuses to change the room for her because he believes that room will be the best for her recovery.

In Gilman’s gender inequality a woman is dependent on her husband economically, and I wonder how much this has changed from that era until present day. Women have come a long way, have become far more independent to the point many don’t feel the need of a man because they can provide for themselves in any which way. But is this the case for everyone? Although we are just as equal that is not the case for everyone. But in today’s era I believe that if a women is dependent on her husband income then she has chosen that for herself. So if there seems to be less inequality in terms of being independent still for women today to the most part I think its because they chose it because there are many more open options which were harder to attain in the 1800s. In the yellow wallpaper the narrator writes to make herself feel better but she can’t do it in the open because she fears her husband might find out. In today’s era education is the most important thing in many societies, and it’s equal for both men and women to gain that education as much as they wish to.

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One response to “Blog #2 Gilman & gender inequality

  1. I agree with you. Women have various options, not only fulfilling the traditional gender role. Most societies offer more than this one lifestyle, it is still the most praised but other aspects are also acceptable. Education and support is available (job training, shelter, women’s help center, government aid) if free without resources. Women aren’t equal however. The gender gap in wages is still present and women do not have the autonomy of their own bodies.

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