Chapter 6 Of The Book People's History Of US: (1492 - Present) (Modern Classic) Author: Zinn – Book Report/Review Example
History February 12, By double oppression Zinn is describing oppression in two forms. He describes the inferiority of women to men almost by ‘virtue of their invisibility,’ much like they were slaves. Also oppressed as women with their visibility becoming magnified and distorted in situations where women behave or act as though they are not constricted by society; becoming pregnant without marriage, choosing to remain single, working in factories (Zinn, 2012). Women were required and expected to be the keeper of the home, children and husband while also remaining within the guidelines of proper behavior, showing restraint and raising children to behave the same way.
Virginia court records present images of woman punished for disobedience and sexually abused by their Master’s. Slave traders would lose many lives on voyages aboard ships; women remaining chained to those who were deceased and at times giving birth in these dire situations while the crew remained drunk and inattentive or uncaring for the situation of the women. In Massachusetts Anne Hutchinson was banished from her colony for her thoughts and public practice of translating the bible for herself. Considered heresy she argued that she and others were able to do this for their selves.
Attitudes towards and about women were that they required ‘keeping’ by one who was stronger than they, more literate and able in all ways while she herself was considered a convenience. When woman were able to gain any status it was temporary as they were expected to remain subservient and inferior. Sexual promiscuity while acceptable for men was out of the question for any woman who wanted to marry and take on the normal role of women. Women had no or limited access to university’s and pay rates were much lower than those of men. The rigidity of society ensured this oppressed status of woman through structure and women struggled to become equal citizens.
Zinn, Howard. "The Intimately Oppressed." The Intimately Oppressed. History Is A Weapon.com, 2012. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.