A Doll World

“A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view.” Henrik Ibsen, 1878

To what extent are Ibsen’s words still true today?

Before finding concrete facts about the laws that were made exclusively for the female body, I can already begin to describe how much this resonates with the issues of today. There are double standards that exist throughout the genders that, when thought about, are completely absurd. Women are portrayed as objects that are to meet the satisfaction of men in the media which heavily reflects on the conduct, or rather misconduct, of people in society. One example is that many men who disagree with makeup, on a woman, claim that it is a mask and that the beauty of a woman with said makeup on is selling a lie. The first mistake here is the assumption that makeup is a means for one to impress another, the second is that they assume that other person is men in general. Not only this, but it seems that a big number of men feel as if it is their duty to dictate a women’s body as seen in the debate over abortion, which essentially is the debate on whether a woman can have control over their own body.

The difference between the society Ibsen references and current day is that we now recognize that the double standard happens both ways. Toxic masculinity is an idea that is now more understood and rooted as the basis of the urge to dictate women. Though women do not hold more, or even equal, political power. Which is why it is not an issue that stands on its own. So yes, Ibsen’s words still ring true but the situation nowadays is different.

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  1. My opinion of the quote has definitely changed. She brought up a good point of the double standards still existing in today’s culture, mainly being of women and men, but of other issues as well. But I believe our general opinion that the ways of the past were to dictate women aren’t dissimilar to each other. However where we vary was I was focusing on how it has improved since the 1900’s whilst hers is focusing on how it is still here. Both equally viable in my opinion. Now I’m thinking about more on why the problem is still a thing rather than how it has improved which is useful and what I gained from Clarice’s post. My opinion on how women are treated today is unchanged but how I used to embrace the idea that we, as a society, are getting improving, I am now frustrated that this is still a problem we face.

    1. As an add-on to the last post, I definitely think we as a society have improved but as Clarice pointed out, improving isn’t adequate in the day and age we live in right now. We are at the point of society where this issue should have been solved long ago. Overall my opinion as I said hasn’t changed but my perspective on my opinion has. Now I am wondering when will we have this issue eradicated?

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