Q. Are you a "quiet" or an "angry" woman?
Ana Lewis, founder of WomenontheVerge.net, is troubled by these descriptors. Ana feels both give women a "bad rap."
Ohio State University professor Nan Johnson wrote in the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric that in the late 19th century the ideal woman was a "quiet" woman. Dr. Johnson said the "quiet" woman was deified as the "wine of life." She shut controversy out of the home. Their counterparts were enthusiastic, talkative, smart women. These women were demonized.
The quite woman was equated with feminine virtue. The woman who spoke her mind was viewed oppositely. Indeed, there were women such as Abigail Adams and Jane Austen who chose to live contrary to these notions of the ideal but they went against the social norms of the time. They may well have been viewed as "angry" women.
American women have come a long way since 1848 when the First Women's Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. Many women in the 21st century seem to have forgotten that our rights were hard won not so long ago.
Read the full blog post on my blog Living in the Heartland.
Thank you Pamela, very perceptive: The quite woman was equated with feminine virtue.
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