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Maya Coale Coale 1
AP US History
10 April 2012
Cult of Domesticity
Throughout history the subjugation of women has been a steadfast reality. A (white) man can travel to any time or place and know that when he arrives, he will be welcomed with open arms. He will not have to worry about discrimination or unfair roles in society. For women however, it is a different story. Up until within the last twenty or thirty years women have been confined into boxes designed to keep them in their place. This was no different during the nineteenth century. America had just fought and won a war to gain independence from Great Britain. Even so, women were relegated to second class citizenship disguised as their pure, divine duty. The Cult of Domesticity was a set of rules and guidelines that upper to middle class women were expected to live by in order to be perfect mothers and wives. It was a widespread way of living that women could find instructions on how to achieve in publications like the Godey’s Ladies Book. This ideology came to be because of changing attitudes toward women’s and men’s work and the rearing of children. An ideal woman was supposed to raise well behaved children and be the moral, spiritual center of her household. The Cult of Domesticity is founded on questionable theories and provides guidelines on how a mother is to behave in the home, spiritually, and sexually.
The basis for the cult of domesticity is a number of disproven “scientific theories” as well as observations on the nature of men and women. Most of this reasoning has no basis in fact and has been disproven or discounted today. It was the general consensus that women were both physically and mentally inferior to men. This stemmed from the visual evidence in that females are indeed generally smaller than their male counterparts. They were...