Feminism in Ichiyo

In The Thirteenth Night, Oseki plays a major role as a women character demonstrating the place women held during the historical era when The Thirteenth Night was published. The character Oseki, based on my own understanding represents how socially unequal women were during this period of time. Women were not given the same opportunity men were given, so how can the society ever see the potential that women carry. Women during this time were placed in a box that limited their ability to reach maximum potential. Women’s destiny and desire were basically given and placed over them. The freedom to choose your career and pursue with fervor and intensity simply wasn’t an option. The power possessed by woman truly can described as a vulnerable newborn who has the inability to feed himself. During this time period women were held to the same standards they couldn’t make their own decisions. Influenced to seek a man with power and money to climb up the ladder of social classes. Man, what a terrible way to live life seeking love because of status. But times have changed According to Forbes magazine “In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women’s have risen faster.” We now as a society can see how much women offer to our society; we as humans have been created to complement each other not to be superior to each other. Yet he/she who is superior is he or she that recognizes that can place their personal desire aside and serve others. The trait of serving has completely diminished in our society applying to both genders, we live in a society that is lovers of themselves. Only if our selflessness was to increase a tad bit feminism and racism wouldn’t even be an issue. We must look beyond these socially issues and look a bit beyond the line of social inequality.

11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Matthew 23:11-12

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