Perhaps Fitzgerald is saying that as long as we follow a patriarchal system that encourages docility in women, we as men would never live as meaningful a life as we can. So, we need to move past the idea that women are inferior sexual objects. We need to notice changing social dynamics and accept that women are just as equal as men. They say behind every great man is a great woman. This, however, is wrong.
During the nineteenth century, possessions, including women, and the home represented status, wealth, and power that only men possessed. In The Awakening, the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, becomes highly conscious of herself as an individual who has the potential to be self-sufficient and do as she desires. She begins to defy the standards of woman during the nineteenth century through iconoclastic beliefs that eventually lead Edna to participating in an affair and leaving her husband, Leonce. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin uses the motif of the home to highlight Edna’s responsibilities as a mother and wife and to also track the progression and evolution of Edna’s state of freedom. Mr. Pontellier takes great pride in his household possessions, including Edna, so as his wife, she is obligated to perform her duties that are expected of her, which limits her free-will.
B. "Tell him nothing of my decisions, if you care for the well-being of your mistress and are a real woman." (Lines 822-823) C. Don’t tell him about my plans, if you care about the well-being of your mistress and are a real woman. D. If you are a real woman you wont tell on another woman that is in trouble. E. This relates to the topic because it shows that the women feel like they need to stand up for each other against men.
Ismene is under the impression that being born a woman is somehow a subsequent condition with men being “stronger”. Antigone desires to escape from these traditions as she is disappointed with Ismene’s passiveness, urging her to stand up for what is morally right. Ismene refuses to go against Creon’s presiding insisting that they “must obey this order, even if it hurts us more… forgive me I am held back by force.” This concept of male authority depicts Ismene to be compliant to men while being fearful of men’s power. She refuses to bury her own brother as a result. Antigone was determined to do what’s right no matter the
Both essays focus on how men view women, specifically, how men view women as inferior. A major focus of both “I Want a Wife” and “Ain’t I a Woman” is motherhood. Traditionally, women who are mothers are expected to put their motherhood above all else.
As previously explained, marriage may seem to ruin a woman’s dreams and future achievements, but that is not the case in feminism. Feminism is important in every aspect in everyone’s life. However, feminism seems to be an idealistic concept to those like Sourdi and her mother. Nea tries to insists that Sourdi doesn’t have to do the assigned ‘gender roles’, ““I have to go. The baby, she’s hungry you know.” “Let him handle it.” (Chai 144).” Nea is independent and wants Sourdi to be the same.
I think a person’s gender shouldn't matter too much in the role they play in their day to day life. Gender roles have been around forever. They have gotten a lot better, but women and men are still labeled to certain things and jobs. The traditional way of life would be for the man to do all of the hard work and have a job. On the other hand, the woman should stay at home so she can watch the kids and have time for cleaning and cooking.
Society also takes part in defining man and woman. In his speech called “A Call to Men”, Tony Porter argues for the existence of a “man box”, which he claims is what society outlines a man to be—“no pain, no emotions, with the exception of anger” (Porter). However, Porter states that men have right to reconsider for themselves and shall not be limited to what society’s definition of them. Likewise, for women, they should not be confined under the “glass ceiling”, the barrier that prevent their advancement in their profession. In addition, society believes that women are not fit for certain professions and disregards what potential benefits women can bring.
This is why they refused to listen to their spouses in the bet. Bianca and The Widow felt that women should not feel the need to oppress their thoughts or themselves because it would make them an “ideal woman. Now, if the roles were reversed, how would the men have dealt with
Murray says the inadequacy of females is therefore not inherent in nature, but because of the restraints placed by society. If they were given the same liberty, it would allow them to conceive positive ideas and thoughts that would benefit everybody. The thought that women should only be constrained to their domestic duties is degrading because for a person capable of the worship of God and the ability to ponder over religious ideas, they are not allowed to contemplate anything other than simple, menial tasks. She finishes by saying that the souls of women are equal to men even if they are not physically equal. However, just because men are physically superior does not mean that also translates to mental superiority.