In the manga series I highly recommended, Dolls by Yumiko Kawahara, the end of volume 2 features a very interesting essay on the nature of femininity, especially in the Victorian era (mainly how passivity was considered the most beautiful). I know it sounds boring, but it’s actually REALLY interesting! If you read the series it really ties into the whole concept of “Plant Dolls” (the beautiful, living dolls featured in the series) and even if you don’t read the manga, it’s still an engaging read. It’s only two pages!
Dreaming at the End of a Century