Amanda Ng, English 10, Novel Project, 10 May 2011
The Oppression of women in the Chinese culture
Should there be women oppression in the Chinese culture? Many people believe that women should be oppressed because they do not have the ability to work. However studies show that women work harder than men, they put more effort in everything they do. There are two reasons why women should not be oppressed by the mandate of their society, their own marriages, and the traditional beliefs.
The first idea is that women are being oppressed by the mandates of society. In the first place, women are viewed as yin, associated to all the negative things, while the men are viewed as yang, associated to all the positive things in the traditional mindset. Of equal importance, women are treated as the “second-class” in the Chinese society due to their lack of education and social life. Furthermore, husbands who work their wives as if they were slaves and take concubines are not known as “men who are behaving as their society mandates” and not cruel men.
The second thought is that the faith of women’s own marriages lies on the hands of the arrangement of the husband’s family as well as her own. In support of this marriages rarely take place out of love between a man and a woman. Consequently, women had to put up with her husband’s two-timing and the issues he may possess before or after marriage. Also, as a result of having to endure all of the physical and mental torture, most of the suicide statistics belong to young brides who no longer can withstand the hardship or her husband.
The third idea is that their traditional beliefs also play a role in the oppression of women. In the first place, female babies were viewed as a burden to the family, while male babies have been favored. Of equal importance, foot binding to demonstrate the wealth of the family and high in the society ladder but as for the poor, like O-Lan, they couldn’t afford to be an inefficient and crippled woman for she had to work in the fields and feed the family. Furthermore, Women are not seen of being capable of their own thought, they were viewed as wallflowers that were being valued based on how much men could use them to show off their status and wealth and also their looks.
Now that we have examined why women were oppressed by the Chinese culture in the past, women nowadays are no longer valued based on their looks or how men can use them to boast but women have their ability to be economically independent and possess liberal attitudes. Try to prevent men from oppressing their wives. Take another step to think about how the future would be like if people continue to oppress women in this generation this way. There should not be women oppression in the Chinese culture.