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The Cult of True Womanhood The Cult of True Womanhood has greatly influenced society throughout all of Americas 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 Ill describe the essay The Cult of True Womanhood and discuss my views on it Ill then illustrate how these standards are still present in todays society First Ill discuss the essay Its 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 womans 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 womans 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 energies but because it gives her higher aims and a more dignified position In my opinion this means that marriage improves a womans mindset gives her direction and gives her more motivation to do her daily chores If you take this and attempt to apply it to the current society youll find that it is
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