After the stifling conventions of the Victorian era, the modernist movement cast a new and surprising light on issues that had previously been ignored or approached only a single way. The rigidity of moral standards was fading, and many authors sought to start conversations about topics that had previously been taboo. Modernism is often credited with progressive attitudes toward issues such as feminism, independence, and homosexuality, but there may not have been as radical a change as there appears. Some modernist works carried the appearance of progressive thinking, but a closer inspection reveals attitudes more similar to their Victorian ancestors. W. W. Jacobs’s “Dual Control” follows this pattern in its appearance as a feminist text, but final reveal as an antifeminist story.
Holbrook, Maddie, "Anti-Feminism in Modernist Literature" (2018). Modernist Short Story Project. 4.