The woman is the holder of the hearth (beggar), and is dependent on the man’s “generosity” (giver).
Reduced social status is voluntary because of of the he significance function of culture, or at the moment when collective thoughts begin to be accepted as their own. Real freedom is sold, for apparent freedom.
Explanation of symbols:
1) Woman on her knees – reduced social status;
2) Wax on a woman’s hands – material things that “tie” female hands on independence;
3) Candle – material things provided by a man;
4) Closed eyes – blatant confidence in a man.