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At the Debate at Seneca Falls, why did some women argue that the if the double standard...

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Posted February 10, 2011 at 6:46 PM via web

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At the Debate at Seneca Falls, why did some women argue that the if the double standard of morality was demolished the American family would suffer?

At the Debate at Seneca Falls, why did some women argue that the if the double standard of morality was demolished the American family would suffer?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 11, 2011 at 2:57 AM (Answer #2)

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I would think that there was a great deal of fear at the Convention.  Indeed, there was much at it which was liberating.  Yet, I would have to figure that there was an equal amount of the unknown at the convention.  With much of what was being presented at the conference, there had to be some fear with what would replace the Status Quo.  This "other," life after the Convention or life in a new world where women's roles are transformed, probably caused some fear amongst women to believe that the domestic realm would be irreparably altered.  In a setting where both men and women saw realities as static, the belief was that a change such as a transformation of women's conditions and roles would have created tears in the domestic fibers, causing destruction to the family.  The women who believed this might not have been against the cause of women's advocacy.  Yet, rather they were unable to conceptualize of a world where women's equality could be achieved along with a sense of the domestic to which women had tended.  The argument about the destruction of the family was a fear that some possessed about a new social world, a fear of "the other."

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