men and women and equality

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  • it is impossible for men and women to be equal:
    • YES: spheres of influence
      • public sphere: overlaps  with money and economics.
        • private sphere: domestic (Nora)
      • recent 100 years: women demand equal treatment
        • e.g. right to vote work
      • the new woman
        • loan
        • only fully develop by leaving
        • "There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt"
      • "thats like a woman"
      • "most commonly a mother influence"
      • rossetti:
        • shut out
          • "iron bars"
          • "doors"
          • suggest she is held back from being all she can in society.
            • spiritual barrier
            • male creating barriers: male spirit at the door.
        • only place women had real power was in private sphere
          • questioning Rossetti as a feminist
    • NO: Nora's manipulation over Torvald
      • "if your little squirrel were to ask you something very prettily"
      • "you have no idea how many expenses we skylarks and squirrels have"
      • psychoanalytical
        • "poor little girl"
        • helpless little mortal
        • freud repetition compulsion
        • you are an odd little soul, very like your father
      • feminist reading
        • "to me it seemed a problem for humanity in general"
        • "a dolls house may not even e concerned with the women's cause but rather about humans and individuals in general - Tempelton
      • rossetti
        • attitudes towards women and independence
        • Rossetti's experience of love
        • ironically blesses
          • hearth
          • board
          • mariage bed
    • MORE COMPLICATED: society
      • men and women oppress each other
      • marxist
        • "all characters serve as foils for the central struggle between Nora and Torvald"
      • micro cosmetics of society
      • angel in the house
      • woman in the attic
      • "no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves"
      • rossetti
        • different kinds of women in R's work
        • readers see into life of typical victorian woman
        • fallen women
    • conclusion
      • a call for women to see a variety of women as they are instead of polarising women as fallen women or angels
      • in order for their to be equality, men needed to view women as equals
      • diffusee the gap in the spheres of equality
      • women got the vote in 1928
      • seemed to be a problem for humanity in general -- Ibsen

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