Based on the political and controversial text The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill and carefully selected contemporary responses to this, this study investigates the debate regarding the woman and her position in the Mid-Victorian England. The con-text plays an important role in the understanding of the arguments regarding women’s right and can give some answers as to why changing the social structure was such an unthinkable thought. The British society was characterised by its predetermined gen-der ideals regarding the positions and roles of men and women and what they could or could not do referring to their respective nature. Using Toulmin’s argument model and the historic context it is analysed how Mill criticised and argued against the domina-ting view on gender (in)equality. To estimate the contemporary influence of Mill and his text the arguments of his opponents is held against the analysis to examine the con-tradictory opinions. This study concludes that Mill is to be considered exceptional for his time because he managed to question the traditional understandings of gender ro-les, which had not previously been debated to the same extent. Further it is concluded that Mill has had a significant influence on the gender debate because he imbued the idea of a different society and hence what had previously been a matter of course was then up for discussion.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 dec. 2014|
- House of Commons
- John Stuart Mill
- Edward Bouverie