Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why would oppressing women allow men to succeed? The psychological effect of putting someone down could help the men feel better about themselves and give them the confidence to achieve. As likely that might have been, I don’t believe that’s the whole story. I believe the reason the oppression of women really allowed men to achieve is because resources were taken away from women.

Since men were successful in oppressing women, they were able to keep resources for themselves. By excluding women, men had more resources to go around for themselves. Also this oppression kept women from wanting to achieve. This was evident in Dorothy Osborne’s letter. She says that writing that book was ridiculous. That shows that most women had given up the fight. This was the biggest and most devastating consequence of this oppression. Now my question is: have women shaken this off? Do women feel that they are equal (if not superior) to men? Have women regained the confidence necessary to achieve?

1 comment:

  1. I definitely agree with you about how one of the reasons man were able to achieve so much in the past is by taking resources from woman early on. For example, going to school; boys were allowed to go to school while the opportunity for girls to go to school was taken away from them. I think that woman, at least in some parts of the world (and I say some parts of the world because there are still many parts of the world where woman are still being oppressed) have been able to overcome their history of oppression and have regained the confidence to achieve. as to your question on if woman feel they are equal to men, I’m not quite sure how to answer that because I can't speak for woman as a whole, but personally I think we're getting there.

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