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Oscar Wilde’s view on gender roles.

Somewhere in our hearts we have always admired Oscar Wilde. Since the age of five we have laughed at his witty quotes, without really knowing who the author was.

As the years went by we were blown away by his remarkably savvy sarcasm and taunting of the upper-class society in London.

This Victorian author from Ireland is known to be ahead of his time, when it comes to his views on marriage, homosexuality and life in general. Although, he has received a lot of negative criticism on his attitude towards women.

What a typical woman! You talk sentimentally and you are thoroughly selfish the whole time.” – Oscar Wilde, A woman of no importance

But there is something that a lot of people tend to miss out on, and that is that Wilde does not merely have a bad approach on women. We would like to emphasize that this approach applies to all mankind.

In 19th century Britain, women were considered inferior to men by all means and the men elevated themselves above women but Wilde wasn´t the stereotypical man. In our opinion, Wilde was a man who was able see deficiencies in both men and women; which make his perspective more realistic and accurate. What Wilde signifies through his works is that these ”flawless” men also had great faults. 

At last we would like to finish this matter with two enjoyable quotes that we think confirms our opinion. 

“All women become like their mothers. That’s their tragedy.  No man does. That’s his.” 

“Experience is merely the name men give to their mistakes.”

-Oscar Wilde

 By: Boyracer & Oscillate Wildly