The Inter-Woman Period.

Why does Woolf state that women have more inward “ghosts to fight, many prejudices to overcome” than men? Is it because of sex differences during the early 1900’s or is it because men can publicly share their inner conflict? Is she stating that being a man is easier than a woman? Or is it hinting that women have more complex self-conflict and doubt because of societal pressures and norms strongly advising them to act a certain way? It certainly has to be one of these factors and to imply that men are less complex than women avoids the question. I think Woolf means that women have more ‘ghosts’ because they are often kept in the dark. Many women are self-sufficient and yet even in our modern times of proposed equality women have more intensive gender roles than men do. I think this is what Woolf is trying to capture is that women have more pressure to act within the confines of society while men have relative freedom to take chances and pose a lesser risk to their well being if they do. Women, on the other hand, are outcast for going against the grain, so to speak, and that is why they have prejudice to overcome.

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