Gender Identity Essay

1408 WordsFeb 6, 20146 Pages
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved (Henry vt. 1).” This quote goes against W.E.B. Du Bois short essay. “The Damnation of Women: Children of the Moon”, talked about the treatment of women within the American culture. W.E.B. Du Bois takes a look back into his childhood. He talks about the culture of four women: his widowed mother, his beautiful cousin Inez, Emma who is the victim of sexual double standard, and Ide Fuller, the outcast. These four women represent the limitations that American society places on women, when denying them social, political, and economic freedom. Du Bois writes, “They (women) existed not for themselves, but for men; they were named after the men to whom they were related and not after the fashion of their own souls.” Each woman had a struggle within her. He believed that the women did not understand the concepts of love and motherhood during their youth. For example, Du Bois described his relationship with his mother as a good friend, and after her death he felt a deep sense of personal loss. He recalls that his mother as the matriarch of the family. Du Bois’ mother took care of the family and made sure that everything was in the proper order. Sometimes the male figure would be apart of the family but it was predominately the mother who dominated the home. As the woman of the house she was the backbone of the family and was responsible for supporting the man of the house, when he was present. Sadly, this is the same scenario that is seen as the typical norm in the Black community today. It seems that women are now super heroes, taking on the weight of the world, sometimes by themselves without receiving anything in

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