Is it necessary for us to have such a system? But, this patriarchy system is a way for women to blame men in the first place. This actually suits the contemporary world but when thinking about such a system in slavery time within the slave men is clearly not possible with them having much in their plates already. The less known fact about this system is that it also affects men just like women. Toni Morrison in Beloved emphasizes Paul D’s weakness by humiliating him at the hands of so-called weak and restless women, contrasting to the patriarchal tendencies.
Rape on the Night Shift is a documentary about the sexual assaults that some of the janitors suffer while working at night. This documentary reveals the injustice that these workers have to go through because most of them are undocumented and they don’t know their rights. The experiences of woman in this documentary is correlated with the feminist theory, the idea of seeing women unequal to men and the idea of the men having the power to control women. Indeed, the documentary let us see the gender inequality, exploitation, and the de-valuing of woman’s work. We see the feminist theory in the documentary when the managers or supervisors sexually abuse of their workers.
In the article "Dear Men It's You, Too" by Roxane Gay her main argument is that men are focusing on the critiques they get to justify ignoring the real issue behind why they are being criticized. For instance, "Skeptics are willing to perform all kinds of mental acrobatics to avoid facing the very stark realities of living in this world as a woman"(3). Santagati shares this similar close-minded view of the horrors women face surrounded by rape culture. He is ignorant of the issue of sexual harassment and the consequences women face for attempting to speak up. After finding out about the girl who was killed for confronting her accuser from Seales he is taken aback but not before responding with extreme protection suggestions for
Faulkner contradicts this commonly accepted theory on virginity and asserts his own theory that virginity and more generally number of sexual encounters is given great meaning by society as a way of suppressing female sexuality and therefore independence. Specifically, Faulkner identifies the ways that men in society control women using double standards relating to sexual experience. In The Sound and the Fury Faulkner argues that virginity is purely a social construct created by men to suppress female sexuality and . Using Benjy, Caddy, and Quentin as metaphors for the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood with Jason and Caroline acting as society. Faulkner highlights flaws and double standards in this system.
In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, sex is about power, violence and oppression. Sexual occurrences in the book are particularly forceful and humiliating, leaving a lasting effect of devastation on the novel’s characters sense of self. These effects can be observed from Freida thinking she is ruined after Mr. Henry assaults her to Pecola becoming insane after her own father rapes her through the novel. Rape can be associated with one’s need to
For instance, Mendieta assumes that readers will automatically be familiar with Angela Davis. After arguing the failure of prisons, Mendieta establishes his agreement with Davis’ anti-prison rhetoric without introducing the author, her book, or other various abolitionist efforts, “I will also argue that Davis’s work is perhaps one of the best philosophical as well as political responses to the expansion of the prison system...” (Mendieta 293). The article’s author also assumes that readers are familiar with specific torture tactics used on prisoners,“...the United States is facing one of its most devastating moral and political debacles in its history with the disclosures of torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and other such prisons…” (293). Mendieta’s act of assuming that readers will already be familiar with Angela Davis and her work, as well as the specific methods of torture used by certain prisons, may cause readers to feel lost while reading the
A Definition of Justice Equality is the well-known problem faced by women. It is the issue of how women have been treated differently from men who act as if they have a higher social position. Besides the equality issue, there is another problem faced by many women: mental abuse at home. The husbands are not literally abuse their wife, but how they act have made their wives live in agony. Subsequently, when the women as the oppressed party who have been treated unequally cannot demand such abuse to be punished since it is not written in man’s law, they will seek their own justice.
Jagger’s (1993) basic philosophy of women’s liberation and equality is followed by liberal feminism today. Liberal feminists maintain that women do not enjoy rights equally as men do that, accept the basic structure of society as it exists today. Wollstonecraft considers that since women’s inferiority is structured on her intellect and anatomy, it is unjust and incorrect. It is based on the inequalities found in the informal and formal laws as well as the inferior education women receive. Of primary concern to liberal feminists is the modification and the more of pre-existing social value.
Our aggressiveness is a continuous and the most serious threat for civilization. Civilized society tried with no major success to use love for the other, restriction upon sexual life and even violence against criminals to stop our natural aggressiveness. Freud gives here the communists’ example who believe that they found the way to deliver us from our aggressive nature by abolishing private property. Unlike Marx who states that abolition of private property is the solution of any form of human conflict, Freud doesn’t agree, arguing that this doesn’t stop our aggressive nature and that there are other things too which would arouse our aggressiveness since “it forms the basis of every relation of affection and love among people”. It is hard to give up on our
Liberal feminists were so obsessed with the ‘equality’ that they oppose the protective legislation for women (based on this position they have been severely criticized, it will be discussed later in the paper). Jagger (cited in Acker, 1987) discussed liberal feminism’s opposition to protective legislation, based on its desire to overcome sex based laws and establish formal equality. Liberal feminists seek the repeal of all laws that ascribe different rights, responsibilities and opportunities to women and men. They oppose protective legislation for women, believing that the same standards of health and safety should apply to everyone. Feminists such as Marry Wollstonecraft, Johnstuart Mill, Jagger and Struhl, Eisentein and Scheman rejects the major component of tradional liberalism, and asserted that the value of women as human being is not instrumental to the welfare of men and children and that it is equal to the value of men, and demanded various forms of public and private recognition of it, including respect for women and privacy.