How Far Do the Sources Agree That the Philosophy of Separate Spheres Implied That Women Were Inferior to Men?

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The philosophy of separate sphere was a way of living and working based on evangelical beliefs about the importance of family and marriage. Taken together, the 3 sources, to an extent, all suggest that the philosophy of separate spheres implied women were inferior to men. However, whilst source 1 explicitly puts forth this idea, sources 2 and 3 discuss the idea that the philosophy does not always create sexual inequality. Source 1 positively supports the idea that the philosophy of separate spheres implied that women were inferior to men. The source states that ‘God has put a different between the sexes’ suggesting that there is a biological basis as to why it was logical that women were to perform lesser and simpler tasks than men such as child rearing and cleaning. In this sense, women should be bound to the house, away from the busy and chaotic world of politics and business. Similarly, source 3 by John Williams states that women should ‘dismiss all ambition for anything higher’ suggesting that a woman’s sphere is below that of a man’s, further implying that as the home was women’s ‘natural domain’ they were seen to better qualified for domestic jobs. Although source 2 believes that neither men nor women are superior, it does state that women should not assert their equality to men and so suggesting that the two spheres implied that women were somewhat inferior to men. However, source 1 comes from The Christian Library and so the ideals of womanhood were heavily based on Christian faith which greatly restricted the role of women as through this faith women were seen as weak and so the source’s religious background indicates an underlying belief in women’s inferiority. On the hand, source 2 declares that ‘it’s impossible to assert the superiority of man or woman’ as the spheres that they occupied were ‘so different’ suggesting that there is equality between

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