Society also takes part in defining man and woman. In his speech called “A Call to Men”, Tony Porter argues for the existence of a “man box”, which he claims is what society outlines a man to be—“no pain, no emotions, with the exception of anger” (Porter). However, Porter states that men have right to reconsider for themselves and shall not be limited to what society’s definition of them. Likewise, for women, they should not be confined under the “glass ceiling”, the barrier that prevent their advancement in their profession. In addition, society believes that women are not fit for certain professions and disregards what potential benefits women can bring.
Nevertheless, she does not try to actually make a difference and tackle any patriarchic beliefs and / or sexism nor does she want to be associated with being a feminist. This role is exclusively left to Shazzer: She voices her opinion on male privilege and dominance in our society very directly and loudly which is why she tends to be seen as a “ranting”, angry woman from the outside (e.g. from Bridget and her friends or her coworker) – much like the image of a “strident feminist” Bridget is describing in the beginning. She seems to fit the stereotypical version of a man-hating and bra-burning feminist that would like nothing more than to ban men completely from society in many ways as she always points out how men are responsible for everything. When it comes to her love life though, Shazzer cannot completely follow her radical feminist belief and act as though having to wait for a call from a potential love interest had no effect on her.
Gender role refers to those behaviors and attitudes that are considered to belong to one sex. Gender role is based on femininity and masculinity that differentiate women and men by giving men some roles and women which results to gender inequality. There some work in society that is regarded to belong to women such as cooking, taking care of children and other less important roles while men are given roles that makes them superior than women. Most of the gender roles associated with women makes them inferior and creates a room to be oppressed. Gender roles are constructed by society and attributed to women or men.
Traditionally, women are considered as feeble and inferior and Ismene is represented by these characteristics. Even at the danger of challenging a man’s authority, Antigone believes that a woman should stick to her morals. Ismene disputes that because she and Antigone are women, they lack the power to defy the states. She implies, “We are women and we do not fight with men… and I’ll obey the men in charge”. Ismene is under the impression that being born a woman is somehow a subsequent condition with men being “stronger”.
Baby, don’t nothing happen for you in this world ’less you pay somebody off!” (Act 1, Scene 1). Through the quote, it suggests that women should be ignorant about the world, and calling “baby” instead of her name shows the inferiority of the women to men. In addition, Walter is expected to be the head of the family; Mama says, “It ain’t much, but it’s all I got in the world and I’m putting it in your hands. I’m telling you to be the head of this family from now on like you supposed to be” (Act 2, Scene 2). Although Walter does not deserve the power, the manhood of Walter Lee enables him to “control” the family.
Perhaps Fitzgerald is saying that as long as we follow a patriarchal system that encourages docility in women, we as men would never live as meaningful a life as we can. So, we need to move past the idea that women are inferior sexual objects. We need to notice changing social dynamics and accept that women are just as equal as men. They say behind every great man is a great woman. This, however, is wrong.
A women should have a good job, but still be the main care taker of the family. A woman should be strong, but not too strong or shes masculine. These stereotypes are not helpful to society and only lead to judgement. Gender roles don’t just effect women, they hurt men too. "Men are Stuck" Emily Alpert Reyes discusses the stereotypes that surround men.
In Fromm 's essay "Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem" he talks about the reason why people are obedient. Fromm states that they are obedient because most people do not have enough courage to be alone. Whey they are obedient, it makes them feel secure because they are accepted by society. On the other hand, disobedience is not accepted by society, so if people disobey, they become an outsider. For instance, if a person is raised to think that stealing is wrong, they have also witnessed how others who do steal are treated by society.
I want no wicked women for my sons.” (Sophocles, Line 455) He clearly shows that women are to surrender to the male figures. Creon does not want a woman who is in control or have any type of leadership role for his sons. As well he clearly explains if he changes his mind about his punishment for Antigone he will no longer be a