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Was It Good To Be A Woman In Imperial China

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Was It Good To Be A Woman In Imperial China? In early Imperial China, men have been seen as the core of families. The majority of women lived oppressed lives. Even women of high status did not escape the oppression, though life was slightly easier for them than for the larger portion of poor women. Women were considered inferior to men from the moment of birth and a curse to the family. In the essay I am going to answer the question "Was It Good to Be a Woman in Imperial China?" based on the evidence about the life of women in ancient China. I believe that it was not good to be a woman in imperial China because all women had to have their feet bound at about the age of 5. ...read more.


This put a lot of pressure on poor women who had to work on the fields with their bound feet though river women were never foot bound. Furthermore, I also believe that life as a woman in imperial China was not good because marriages were arranged for them. As a woman's thoughts were not considered important, the parents' word was final on who their daughter would marry. Once married, the woman transfers her loyalty to her in-laws and may never see her parents again. She would be required to obey all the members of the family and would take on the responsibility for her children and her grandchildren. ...read more.


A woman who bore a son would be pampered with extravagant clothing and jewellery. Additionally, women were also interpreted as strong and independent characters in many novels and operas. For example, Mulan, and Zhang Liao. Another reason why I think it was good to be a woman in imperial China is that most women were also free off work. Tasks such as preparing food, cleaning and looking after children were the norm for the majority of women in ancient China. According to the evidence above, I think it was not good to be a woman in Imperial China. Reason because they were punished and treated like slaves. They had no freedom and rights and were looked down upon by others. Despite the positive points above, life as a woman then was definitely not all rainbows and butterflies. ...read more.

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