English – Henrik Ibsen & Feminism

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

Henrik Ibsen was a playwright who wrote “A Doll’s House”, which we are currently looking at in class. As you can see from this quote, he believed that women shouldn’t have to live in a world that was dictated by men. Every person in society is forced to see through a man’s perspective, instead of seeing it from an equal perspective where both women and men are the same.

I believe that this is still very much relevant to today. I believe that for a time, everyone thought that the problems with women’s rights were resolved and much better than they were before. Not until recently were things brought to light and our society began to realise just how much our lives are manipulated by men. Many women came out saying that they were manipulated (sexually as well as in other ways) by men and that they still don’t have the same rights, even after such a long time. I think that it’s ridiculous that women can’t be seen as equally as smart, strong, powerful, etc.

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