Gender Roles Owen Rafferty

Woman- woman of the higher classes or nobility were usually more insulated and protected from casual liaisons, as often considerable social, political, and economic interests were attached to their persons. Marriage was the preferred and desired state for most women of the time. If not of the upper classes, single women went into the domestic service of another family to serve in such roles as maids, housekeepers, or nannies. When a woman married she became almost totally under the legal and social sway of her husband. Woman had little or no control over their property, and they couldn't inherit property or title which would pass to their brothers. Woman were expected to show obedience to their husbands and to all of their male relatives. Disobedience might be punished by whipping or beating.

Men- men wrote meany books including cookbooks, home remedies, and needlework designs. The husband of the family was always designated the ownership of the land and property that their family lived on. The social climate was changing because of the way men and women were acting. Men were being described with softer, more feminized words and women were becoming more masculine. Men were beginning to be described with womanly terms and softer language while women were stepping up and taking on more male roles and masculine attitudes towards the culture and society. The male roles outside of the home and in the public sector changed the roles of men in the culture of Shakespeare’s time which allowed audiences to help understand and accept the changing gender roles of the time

who was expected to look after women and why- If they were married, their husband was expected to look after them. If they were single, then their father, brother or another male relative was expected to take care of them. They were expected to have someone look after them because they were looked at as the weaker sex

Jobs that women could and could't have- Jobs they could have consisted of domestic services like cooks and maids. Jobs that they couldn't have consisted of jobs having to do with law, medicine, and politics.

3 right that Elizabethan women didn't have that women today have- 1.They couldn't inherit property. 2. They weren't allowed to vote. 3. They couldn't have certain jobs


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