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.
Anne McClintock wrote her essay “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap: Portraying the female and male orgasm” to examine pornography and how it has changed throughout history and its effects on how women perform as sexual beings. McClintock focuses on the various roles of pornography such as its emphasis on voyeurism, pleasure, and the male ego. She wants her readers to know that women are still not represented in pornography to satisfy their own desires, but they are there to cater to men and their subconscious. I will analyze how McClintock argues that due to the history of sexism towards women, the roles that men and women have in pornography are inherently different because of the societal belief that women are only seen as objects of sexual desire and are solely there to satisfy the male audience.
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.
Siemon has noted the trend to tone down the violence of Desdemona's physical struggle with Othello. Neill suggests that interview mother wit of unease leap from their screen sharing of Iago's and order 's horror at the interracial sexual encounter viewed as innately "adulterated" and
Every aspect of society works not only to gain control over those of low social standing, but also show a significantly great amount of prejudice against women. In this way, the societies enforce their patriarchy onto its citizens, allowing modern time readers to draw contrasts between their own societies and the ones in the novels that oppose ideas of freedom through indoctrination, using education as a form of empowerment and violence to evoke fear. Men are only regarded the monarchs of society once women have been demeaned. This is evidenced through Attwood’s use of animalistic language to display the false power the Commander holds over Offred. Upon their first meeting, Offred states that she thought ‘he might be toying, some cat-and-mouse routine, but now [she] thinks that his motives and desires weren’t obvious even to him’.
Perrault’s didactic tale presents a clear-cut depiction of gender roles which deals with women as vulnerable and irrational victims and portrays males as crafty, powerful manipulators while Dahl’s poem twists the original plot to portray his female character in a new light. Indeed, she is no longer defenceless and witless. Dahl’ s poem calls into question pre-established traditions and encourages readers to break away from the limited options provided by canonical texts, which do not suit the swiftly changing modern
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.
“A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen is a feminist play, as shown by demonstrating the risks of defying societal norms and the burden of gender rules through many of his characters. In Ibsen’s opinion, “A Doll’s House” was primarily about the human condition. However, humanism and feminism are both centered around people and their values. Women were disregarded as human beings at the time of “A Doll’s House” publication. “Ibsen has been resoundingly saved from feminism, or, as it was called in his day, “the woman question”(Templeton).
Atwood’s dystopian novel is a warning about the consequences of misogynistic, authoritarian governments. Her message seems to be universal since the subjugation of women by religious extremists, remains a concern in the present
Portia deceives the characters and audiences into thinking of her role as constructed by male rule. However, with the play beginning with her and the fact that she ultimately controls the fate of all characters and the plot emboldens the idea of her as a surrogate artist-figure. She is able to make all the choices, manipulate people and situations, while appearing to follow by the rules of the patriarchal society which has relegated her to be viewed as a traditionally feminine character. The preoccupation of society’s anxieties about gender is singularly encapsulated by this female character in a multitude of hidden truths, thus, while Portia may not embolden or topple any of the social structures, she allows for the viewing and questioning of its constructedness through the layered