The Cult of True Womanhood
The "Cult of True Womanhood" has greatly influenced society throughout
all of America's history. This set of standards was first accepted and practiced
by all of the European colonies. They were then passed through the generations
and, in many cases, still exist. I'll describe the essay, "The Cult of True
Womanhood," and discuss my views on it. I'll then illustrate how these standards
are still present in today's society.
First, I'll discuss the essay. It's easiest to describe this essay if I
begin by defining "The Cult of True Womanhood." As I stated the introduction, it
is a set of standards. These principles create and have created a strong
division between the genders, and therefore, caused tension. Basically, it
states that men are to work and make money for the family. A woman's goal was to
find a husband and have children. Women were also expected to have four main
cardinal virtues - piety, purity, submissiveness, and domestication. Piety is,
basically, grace. Women were to expected to always be dainty and lovely. Purity
speaks for itself. Women were expected to stay abstinent until marriage.
Submissiveness means that the woman should, once married to a man, completely
devote herself to him, carrying out his every wish within her power. One very
powerful sentence in the essay well represents the woman's goals and values well
according to "The Cult of True Womanhood." It states, "Marriage improves the
female character, not only because it puts her in the best possible tuition,
that of the affections, and affords scope to her active...