Queen Victoria grew up during the late 1800s and of course, she was objected to women’s rights in the sense of voting, owning property and marriage laws because that was the social norm and she was a part of a royal family that she was trying to protect. However, it is interesting to note what she says about what would happen if there was equality of the sexes.
“I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights,’ with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were woman to ‘unsex’ themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection.”
Queen Victoria recognized that women were different than men. If women were to try and become the same as men in every way possible, then they wouldn’t be women anymore. Femininity would be lost and men wouldn’t like them anymore.
Did Queen Victoria predict what will happen in the future? I sure hope that we don’t get to the point of becoming the most “hateful, heathen and disgusting beings” and I hope radical feminists hope we don’t either. But, I do believe that Queen Victoria was right-that if we continue on this path of trying to make men and women completely equal, and forgetting that we are different-we will be doomed to a gloomy future.