Response to Thomas More’s Utopia

Right off the bat, I felt like both Pluto and Thomas More had similar ideas when it came to their ideal world, where they both included men and women into the equation, but then sort of ended up dropping the women little by little as it went along.

I started reading Thomas More’s Utopia and kind of liking his description of his kind of world, but that changed as soon as I got to this particular line that said: Women, for the most part, deal in wool and flax, which suit best with their weakness, leaving the ruder trades to the men. There’s our first sign of discrimination.

There’s another part where he says: women generally do little. I felt that was kind of an understatement, because household work and taking care of children is no ‘little’ work. And in both excerpts, I’ve noticed that men have always been known as the more dominant and responsible role and that’s never going to change.

But, it’s when he starts talking about marriage that I felt he was way off. Thomas More has ideas of the bride and groom having to see each other naked before they’re married. His reason being is that it’s easier to determine whether a female is a perfect partner if they are viewed from all angles. And if he were to marry her without fully checking her out, there wouldn’t be anything he could after marriage, but just tolerate her.

I really hoped that Thomas More’s viewpoint would be better than Pluto’s, but it just ended up being just as worse. Both men wanted a better world where both genders were treated fairly and equal enough, but it doesn’t seem like either one of them really knew what was the best way to do that. Thomas More had his ideas, some made sense, others were just bizarre, but he too failed to create a world that gave women the respect that they deserve.


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