My point about male chauvinism (-Of Marriage and Single Life)

My point about male chauvinism (-Of Marriage and Single Life)

My Point about Male Chauvinism in the Essay

-Of Marriage and Single Life Of Marriage and Single Life is an essay written by Francis Bacon who married at the age of 45, divorced after 15 years and had no children. What the essay presents to us is obviously his real feeling. Apart from what he told us, I have some different ideas compared with his views. It seems that his essay implying the male chauvinism is written to single men. The reason why I say this is as follows:

Firstly, what is “Male chauvinism”?“Male chauvinism is a term used to describe the belief that men are superior to women. It is often used interchangeably with …sexism‟and closely associated with misogyny and perceptions of women as inferior to men, especially intellectually” ( In the article, there are two sentences, “He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediment to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public”(“Of Marriage and Single Life”).From these two sentences, I can see obvious male chauvinism. The author tells us the disadvantages of marriage and advantage of being a single man. He thinks men are superior to women and wives often bond their husbands. In his eyes, the best workers are unmarried or childless men. In my opinion, he pays more attention to the advantage of single life because he uses negative way to express the marriage and uses positive way to express the attribution of the single men. Generally speaking, when the author uses both positive way and negative way to contrast two things, he or she prefers to the former one. I think in these two sentences, he seems to appreciate those single men. I guess the author prefers being single man to getting married. And about these


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