Both texts ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber’ were written during the second wave of feminism which centralised the issue of ownership over women’s sexuality and reproductive rights and as a result, the oral contraceptive was created. As powerfully stated by Ariel Levy, ‘If we are really going to be sexually liberated, we need to make room for a range of options as wide as the variety of human desire.’ Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter both celebrate female sexuality as empowering to challenge the constraints of social pressure on attitudes of women. Both writers aim to expose the impact of patriarchy as it represses female sexual desire and aim to control it thus challenge contemporary perspectives of women by revealing the oppression
His argument doesn’t neglect the fact that same-sex desires or relationships were new; his findings revealed that sexual desire runs deeper than just sex. Foucault found that our desires reveal some fundamental truth about who we are and that we, as a society and as individuals, have an obligation to explore ourselves, find our truth, and express it. Within Foucault’s framework, sex isn’t just something we do. He instead argues that the kind of sex you have or desire to have become a “symptom” of your sexuality. Foucault focuses on the Victorian era, the time period when people began to move away from confession in the biblical sense to psychiatry as the main means of confession and guidance.
Radical feminism regards male dominance as the cause of gender identity (White, Haines and Asquith, 2012). While cultural feminism places an emphasis on the need for a history of women’s’ victimisation and offending, the feminist perspective has made significant contributions informing critical criminology (White, Haines and Asquith, 2012). It challenged traditional definitions of crime, it was critical of criminal justice practice and present crime (White, Haines and Asquith, 2012). It raised questions about the authenticity of recorded statistics, in particular, police statistics and moved the criminological thinking discussion (White, Haines and Asquith, 2012). The feminist perspective has raised awareness of issues of family violence and male violence
The conflict between the two main character's Nurse Ratched and McMurphy serves as a bridge for the overarching theme of sexuality. Or to be more specific the battle of sexuality. In the book the two main characters represent both sides of the spectrum when it comes to sexuality concerning genders. Nurse Ratched represents feminism and McMurphy represents masculinity. With the two conflicting views of how the character’s believe the institution for the mentally ill should be run you can see more of the juxtaposition between the two.
Sedgwick states that the relationship amid of sex and sexual orientation can be contrasted with the relationship in the middle of race and class. They are connected however ought to be mapped on various different points in which sex and gender are connected yet not related toward each other in the quote, “it was long, painful realization, not that all oppressions are congruent, but that was first great heuristic breakthrough of socialist-feminist though and of the thought of woman of color” (Sedgwick, 2475). What Sedgwick was explaining in this quote was that the assortment of sexuality has a few connections to sex yet there are numerous more measurements to sexuality which have nothing to do with sex such as power, positions and sexual acts.
3.1. Introduction As it was stated earlier, one of the key terms in the present thesis is female grotesque. The researcher tends to see how the plays, Cleansed, Phaedra and Blasted, can be read in this respect. The point is that the narratives within these plays try to penetrate gender and sexual identities through the violence. This violence is not related to any gendered or sexual identity, whether male or female, it seems that Kane wants to put an end to these norms.
Mostly with regards to the Romantic Period, the concept of division and binary oppositions is key in the novel. These systems principally include emotional and intellectual activity; masculinity and femininity; good and evil; rational and unstable, and of course, love and hate. According to gender roles, the crucial focus of the essay, the devaluation of the existence of females and their marginalization concretely mirrors the destruction of society and the creature. Concerning the psychology of Victor and the setting of the novel, the reader is able to unravel the corporal representation of Victor’s ungodly revolved disposition and the disconcerting social construct, at least to Shelley, culminating in the catastrophe of the novel’s dénouement. The representation of women, however, is more impactful than the other motifs.
Sherman sought to force the public to question the seductive and often oppressive influence of mass-media over our individual and collective identities. Sexual desire and domination, the fashioning of self-identity as mass deception, these are among the unsettling subjects lying behind Sherman's extensive series of self-portraiture in various guises. Despite not aligning herself directly with feminism Sherman does conclude her work is, in fact, feminist. The work is what it is and hopefully, it's seen as feminist work or feminist-advised work, but I'm not going to go around espousing theoretical bullshit about feminist stuff. The portrayal of women is a central theme throughout Sherman's career and can still be seen in her more recent works.
Sandra Mass’ chapter in New Dangerous Liaisons: Discourses on Europe and Love in the Twentieth Century entitled, "The Volkskörper in Fear: Gender, Race and Sexuality in the Weimar Republic" takes a closer look at these topics which were controversial and differed immensely from the traditional, Prussian values and beliefs. While Mass looked at this from an angle of representation of non-European women as being sexual objects, her findings still intertwine with Mädchen in Uniform. For example it is stated that sexuality was a strong threat to the culture of Europe and was dangerous (Mass 215). Since sexuality was seen as such a taboo topic for discussion, it is not surprising that a film like Mädchen in Uniform would cause controversy. With an emphasis on female sexuality and a potentially lesbian couple, this film went against everything that was traditional or
Sexuality In this section the repulsion towards natural women, especially in the works of J.K. Huysmans A Rebour and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray will be examined. As the work of Huysmans engages into the discourse of artificial (also “technological”) femininity vs. natural femininity several times it is at hand that my analysis will center upon this theme. Nevertheless, throughout the passage references will be given to the work of Dorian Gray, showing the parallels in the perceptions of women to Des Esseintes. Afterwards, I would like to explore the portrayal of Gustave Moreau’s Salomé in Huysmans work, as I have found particular interest in her meaning to Des Esseintes. 2.1 Sexuality in A Rebour Des Esseintes’ sexuality is traversed by multiple episodes with actresses, singers and prostitutes, but is altered by his neurosis; the artificial woman being superior to the natural woman.
In conclusion, MacDonald tends to illustrate these ambiguous and complicated scenes that are misinterpreted if not looked at carefully and in detail. Gender representations in the story help to provide readers with a better understanding of the differences between what is false and what is real, where James’ hints at patriarchy and male superiority capture his true identity, as a sexually dominating figure over women. Frances’ defiance of being a “proper” woman also affects the way other characters interpret her actions and Mercedes’ submission to being a traditional female limits her knowledge and ability to grasp the meaning behind various situations in the story. Thus, Fall On Your Knees highlights the idea that a person should never settle
In Radical feminism I desire to find that gender and patriarchy spread female segregation. The studies are to prove the idea of current gender roles; as 'natural ', and therefore unchangeable, is mistaken, how and why segregation occurs and that irrespective of feminist movement, sexual equality is a goal worth striving for within the context of