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Representations of Women Essay

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To the virgins to make much of time by Robert Herrick; The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy; I am Man Made by Susan Wicks. Essay discussing the failure of poetry to capture women as complex human beings, instead portraying them as single entities or concepts, such as mother or beauty, which lack substance and worth like intellect or courage. Demonstrate social constructs which bound women to degrading stereotypes and submissive positions. Furthermore, they highlight the ability of men to influence attitudes and establish changes towards gender equality and valuing of women.

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Gender studies Gender equality Sociology of gender Sexism Gender role Women in the workforce Virginity Gender Masculinity
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Therefore, as did society, most poetry failed to capture women as complex human beings, but instead portrayed them as single entities or concepts, such as mother or beauty, while lacking the substance of intrinsic human qualities like intellect or courage. This is a reflection of women being objects for men to view, and was epitomised in the 17th century text ‘To the virgins, to Make Much of Time’ by Robert Herrick, Victorian eras’ ‘The Ruined Maid’ by Thomas Hardy and modern day composer Susan Wicks’ ‘I am Man Made’. These texts demonstrate how male power allowed men to build social constructs which bound women to degrading stereotypes and submissive positions. Furthermore, they highlight the ability of men to influence attitudes and establish changes towards gender equalit...
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