Both women turn against each other when it comes to a man, which is something that women in both literature and reality have been stereotyped to do. This scene shows how ignorant that stereotype is because it can be clearly seen both of these women would be respected in society and are probably well educated, so they would be able to work out their differences in a more civilized manner. The second stereotype they represent is that of a man hating feminists. The two women join together against the men, and begin making comments about how cowardly all men are.
Even though it is a considered a satirical look at women, “Epistle 2. To a Lady” uses satire to acknowledge his compassion for the current day issues of women. He contrasts men and women in this poem, “In men, we various ruling passions find; In women, two almost divide the kind;” making fun of the current roles men and women play. He writes of women’s desire to have what men have yet he contradicts his writing, “Experience, this; by man’s oppression cursed, they seek the second not to lose the first…… Yet mark the fate of a whole sex of queens!
This novel is focused around the idea of men marginalising women, however to a certain extent it is happening in our society today. Each women, either Offred, Moira, Serena Joy or Aunt Lydia portray some kind of feminism in one way or another. Although through the characters of Aunt Lydia and Serena Joy we see how they conform to the rules of Gillead without any resistance, one can assume Atwood does this to demonstrate how brainwashed women will become if they do not have a brain of their own or think for themselves. These two women are only two examples of the many in the society of Gillead that conform, and as the audience we see the consequences from this. Atwood has centred the novel around this to warn the readers of the things women are becoming to do more regularly.
I have also heard men from my own race say these type of things to women. It really upsets me that they would belittle our color and that they have set a standard for what should be considered pretty in their own group of people. Why can’t we just be considered and referred to as “beautiful women” not categorized by what is accepted in our own race. When I hear these kinds of remarks it makes me feel like our own people are setting us back. We shouldn’t depreciate our own people.
Gender Lens CSE: While looking at Persepolis through a gender lens, we can see how the women are objectified in their society, through the fundamentalist regime. The forcing of the veils causes the Iranian women to be seen as the lesser gender, with pleasing men as their sole purpose in society. It says that “To protect women from potential rapists they decreed that wearing the veil was obligatory. ‘Women’s hair emanate rays that excite men. That’s why women should cover their hair!’”
In some cases, people believed inequality, but they would not risk their social status in order to fight for women. Sexism is still a problem today and I believe it was bred from various of generations of that constant mentality. I believe that the men who read this article in 1972 scoffed at it and said “Women should know their place.” Women, however, were most likely motivated and empowered by articles like this one. Women who were dumb and brainwashed by their sexist husband probably read a piece such as this one and quickly told themselves that woman should always stay at home, “it’s just the way life is.”
If it is repercussions for all the years, women have had to uphold men’s arrogance and possessiveness, what difference are we to them? Have people not already endured enough misery? How are they promoting feminism with naïve controversy? Thus, we should not need modern feminism, as it is anti-feminist, anti-male, anti-family and anti-equality.
Thus, establishing strong and well-funded interest groups can be another alternative for the solution of this issue. These interest groups should be consist of both women and men members because in domestic violence cases there is always two side – victim who are women and violators who are men. Women should be there for other women to protect them and do actions which is the best since only women can understand women more accurately. Moreover, having men on the side of women who protect and value them is one of the way to destroy the feeling of hatred against men. Men are needed to educate other men with violent attitude towards women.
. Women are currently at a disadvantaged with respect to rights, compared with men such as respect and such conditions According to dictionary.com Feminism can be defined as a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women. Feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and targets the end of sexism in all forms. However, there are many different kinds of feminism such as radical feminism, socialist feminism, cultural feminism, and liberal feminism.
Is the feminist movement going in a good or bad direction? Is the feminist agenda about equal rights for all women and all persons? These are questions that should be pondered as the movement continues to gain momentum and as our society starts to change around it. In an article titled the “New Oxymoron: Socially Conservative Feminism” (McCarver) it starts to answer the question, what is true feminism?
Whenever the slightest portrayal of sexism is seen, feminists are quick to react and correct what is wrong. The solution to sexism is not to blatantly ignore it and say it does not exist anywhere; the solution is to stand up for what is right and implement the actions that need to take place. In “Bad Feminists” by Roxane Gay, it was stated that “[her] favorite definition of a feminist is one offered by Su, an Australian woman who...described them simply as ‘women who don't want to be treated like shit’” (Gay 169). That is basically essential for all bad feminists.