“These accounts range from reports that women are regularly punched in the stomach, such that they are unable to sustain pregnancies, to reports of managers monitoring menstrual cycles to ensure that workers are not pregnant.” (Navarro, Pg.2) Another serious issue according to Navarro is sexual harassment. Many of the women reported being sexually harassed by their male managers or one of the foremen. “Examples of sexual harassment that researchers have found include managers offering workers a lighter workload in exchange for dates or sex with the female workers.” (Navarro, Pg. 2) These experiences are horrible, but they also don’t prove anything about normative personality traits. Although, I do see a connection between all of the women who have experienced these issues due to their place of employment.
For centuries, women have been exploited by the society. Events of women being prohibited from doing things like voting or working and being forced to behave the way it is considered to be socially acceptable have been jotted down in history. Until today women are still viewed as the weaker sex. In some countries, women are regarded less than human and are treated like slaves. Khaled Hosseini goes into the oppression of women in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.
This quote specifically states how discriminatory the afghan culture is to girls.“Fathers and Sons could talk freely about women. But no afghan girl- no decent and mohtaram Afghan girl, at least- queried her father about a young man.” (Hosseini 128). This quote shows how unfairly women are treated in The Kite Runner making them feel like outsiders. “Her “crime”, to have spoken up for the right of girls to be educated” (Husain 1). This quote shows an extreme version of gender discrimination towards women.
Mayella is powerless because of her gender. In the trial, it’s revealed that Mayella is physically, verbally, and sexually abused by her father. Because Mayella can often be intimidated by her father, as a result of her gender, she wasn’t able to stand up to him, and his abusive characteristics towards her. During that trial, Mr. Ewell intimidates Mayella by leaning forwards in his chair when she tries to tell the truth about how her father treats her (Doc B). It’s very clear that he wouldn’t be able to physically
Hawthorne has presented many female characters who have been brought to submission by men or are destroyed by male power (Eaton). Georgiana says, “‘I submit...I shall quaff whatever draught you bring me…” (Hawthorne 8). She is obviously not a rebel and instead a good wife from Hawthorne’s time. Georgiana does not have much of a choice when Aylmer wants to remove her birthmark. She was literally destroyed by the hands of her husband.
Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Suttree, demonstrates the prejudice deeply ingrained within society, as well as the way it largely affects its readers. The misogynistic attitude is certainly not a new one. Women have been oppressed and viewed as less than men, in personal accounts and in narratives, for a long time. In the minds of the men in this novel, women are seen as merely an addition to men or an afterthought, and certainly not able to hold the value of a whole person on their own. The only real relationships with women the reader observes are Cornelius Suttree’s romance with Wanda, and then with Joyce.
Her romantic relations lead to her being referred to as a prostitute. Although she is the object of desire to two men, nonetheless she hardly ever voices for herself and repeatedly permits other people to speak for her. It was concluded that Alden Pyle was no longer living and there is no mark to determine the assassinator, leaving his death a mystery to be solved by the audience. The conscious conflict and symbolism throughout the The Quiet American is the epitome of the contentious global political climate during the Cold War. Each of the three characters Fowler, Pyle and Phuong symbolize the rigid dichotomy of the world-wide atmosphere during the Cold War through their representation of Capitalist ideology, Communism, and The Vietnam silence (Complacency)
In uttering these words, Lady Macbeth accuses her husband of being too feminine. She notices that he is too feminine and humane to kill the king. Even though they are quite powerful already in society, the Macbeths believe they are still somehow without purpose. Their marriage itself is an obvious indication of this as neither seems content with the qualities of the other. Lady Macbeth especially expressed criticism towards her husband for her wants in him.
These women did not conform to the traditional role of the wife and mother. Femme fatales are usually destroyed in the end, either by being killed or being domesticated, as though they are being punished thinking they can compete with men. Male dominance is always restored by the end of the film. In established film noir, the new economic, social, and sexual freedom that women experienced during the war years as they joined the workplace was quite unsettling to many American men. This fear of strong, independent women and the need to show the danger of this independence was shown, whether consciously or not, in most film noir.
Meaningless Clues Oscar Wilde once said, “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” In the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, Mrs. Wright in the beginning, disgusts the reader. Her demeanor, described as queer many times, she seems emotionless about her husband’s death absolutely. In the early 1900’s women were fighting for their rights as American citizens and workers – hoping to obtain equal respect and opportunity that the men had. Glaspell displays an unexpected outcome through misleading the reader by showing more professionalism in the male law enforcement, expanding on the actual trifles the women discover, and how the women put their emotions and empathy first even though one is the wife of the Sheriff. The men during this time period were predominate in the industry and working class.
The biggest struggle that women in that time period faced was their lack of equality compared to men. Compared to men they were deemed inferior. For example, in 'The Yellow Wallpaper, ' when the women insisted that her staying confined in that place was not working, her husband dismissed her and called her a "blessed little goose." Her husband did not see her as fit for her to decide what was or was not working for herself. This is one of the many instances where men in that time period deemed themselves superior and took away the freedom of their wives.
The stereotype about what was accepted in the traditional society, the discrimination, and social divide could not be more boldly underline by the screenwriter and director. The way Dr. Prentices parents were depicted was “IN YOUR FACE: LEARN WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM” in a way just to underline that he is not white! Furthermore, the housemaid was the last “nail in the coffin” so to speak, depicting her as almost “crazy” black woman ready to destroy the young man just because he “dares” to look outside the racial divide for marital partner. Does not make much sense to me. On other hand the Joe parents are portraited as in a way moderate, if you will kind a progressive minded couple, very much well accomplished, wealthy and surely have housemaid