Gender Roles in Meiji Era

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AAS 331
Prof: M.Diaz
Jingyi.deng (108289646)

Gender Roles in Meiji Era Women’s right refers to the freedoms and entitlements of females of all ages. Gender roles and rights have been an important concept of hierarchy throughout Japanese history, but the cultural elaboration of gender differences has varied over time. The status and role of the standard woman has changed evolutionarily over the last couple centuries. However, the more significant change was women and men’s shift of opinions due to this transformation of women. Women appreciated their newly received rights and continued to push for more as expected. On the other hand, the support of many revolutionary men was not so expected. In Meiji era, Japanese prevails in the marital marriage among different classes. A brife story by Higuchi Ichiyoin published in early Meiji era. It follows a main character named Oseki Harada, a woman who is in a married to an abusive husband, named Isamu Harada. She wants to divorce with Isamu and her left the home, abandoning her child with her abusive husband, in order to seek permission for a divorce from her parents, more specifically her father. Her father provides statements of familial pressure for her to stay married to Isamu despite the poor quality of their relationship. Because when Oseki married Isamu, he offered Oseki's brother a good paying job, and helped her family finically, thus raising their social status and standards of living. The effect of the input the father gives in regards to how Oseki feels about her marriage indicates just how much of an influence he has on her life financially. Higuchi also depicts Oseki’s life as not being ideal, and people having problems in marriage. These two elements fit the story into the genre of poetic realism. “The Thirteenth Night” biased and over exaggerated in one sense because a woman wrote it. Yet it seems much more genuine because of the first hand experiences of sexist

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