As I've surfed around various patriocentric/patriarchy based sites, I see a litany of Victorian era drawings of women like this...
Someone please tell me...What gives? Isn't this like playing fairy tale or fantasy? Surely no one wants to go back to Victorian era England, do they?
I mean, class warfare was rampant in the VE. The lower class (which the women portrayed in these Victorian images were most certainly NOT in) was treated like crapola. Trash. Filth. Uppity-ness abounded. Forced child labor was extensive, with lower-class children being forced to do nasty, menial jobs that were considered beneath the women portrayed in these images. Other than the Queen, women were viewed as considerably lesser and inferior, both in rights and capability, to men (maybe that's the connection?). A man, for instance, could divorce his wife for adultery, but a wife could only divorce her husband for adultery PLUS brutality. Prostitution was often the only "escape" from starvation for women in the lower-class, all while the women portrayed in these Victorian images played prim and proper fairy tale time. These were generally NOT the kind of people who have a good grasp on reality, or who contribute many positives to the greater good. These women were largely parasites, living off the efforts and production of those who lived in squalor, while offering little more than a high-class snubbing in return to ladies whose only sin was to be born into a lower class.
For women like those portrayed in the drawings, the Victorian era was a time of pomp, superficial pageantry, useless, frivolous ceremony...and very little substance.
Does the "courtship" nonsense find many of it's roots here too? I fear it does. If so, that's just strange. Stranger than strange. I'll be looking in to that.
Why would anyone want to emulate the ideals and lifestyles of these women? This is who they want to be? This is "godly"?
I just don't get it. Please enlighten me.