Cult of domesticity

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The cult of domesticity, also known as the cult of true womanhood (by people who like it), is an opinion about women in the 1800s. They believed that women should stay at home and should not do any work outside of the home.[1] There were four things they believed that women should be:

  1. More religious than men
  2. Pure in heart, mind, and body, purity
  3. Submit to their husbands
  4. Stay at home

These were very popular in the 1800s and in the 1950s. Now most women reject this view.

This ideology would strongly discourage women from obtaining education. While many people see the cult of domesticity as an oppression of women, it should be noted that it also elevated the moral status of women, and gave them many benefits such as living lives of higher material comfort, and made the roles of wife and mother more important in society.

References[change | change source]

  1. Keister, Lisa A. & Southgate, Darby E. 2011. Inequality: a contemporary approach to race, class, and gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 228. ISBN 978-0-521-68002-8