De la Barre says that women shouldn 't be judged by their bodies, since one 's brain can be solid even in a frail body. However, then he goes too far, saying that frail bodies are either the reason for or result from solid brains; we can and ought to judge individuals ' insight on their physical quality, the relationship is just backwards. I always believe in men and women equality. So I think all women merit the privilege to seek after information and obtain positions and obligations that are exceptionally respected in
Society always looks at women with a special eye, which is not the case for men. Wollstonecraft’s’ message to all the women is to come out of their culturally constructed state, avoid being elegant, examine their inherent nature, and be rationale. Wollstonecraft is heavily inspired by Rousseau, and embraces his commitments to be independent and free. Even though she speaks of women as separate from herself, but she does not compliment them, instead reprimand them for failing limiting their goals till marriage. She condemns women for wasting all their energy in beauty, marriage and children.
It also helps preserve men's image of virility and masculinity, but men do not admit this; on the contrary they claim that one of the purposes of the veil is to guard women's honor” (Fernea 2). This quote shows how one item can be meant for one person, but bring meaning to others relating to that person: As the saying goes, you are who you associate with. Furthermore, the text describes how veils are represented by women: “The veil and purdah are symbols of restriction, to men as well as to women. A respectable woman wearing a veil on a public street is signaling, "Hands off. Don't touch me or you'll be sorry."
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
Where they differ, they are not comparable. A perfect woman and a perfect man ought not to resemble each other in mind any more than in looks, and perfection is not susceptible of more or less. In the union of the sexes each contributes equally to the common aim, but not in the same way. From this diversity arises the first assignable difference in the moral relations of the two sexes.” Rousseau states that women should be "passive and weak", "put up little resistance" and are "made specially to please man". Wollstonecraft wonders how someone as Rousseau “lowers his sentiments when describing women and interprets his words as the rationalization that women are in fact, considered either moral beings, or extremely weak that they must be entirely subject to “the supreme faculties of men.
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.
She uses this reference to show how women have been stripped of their natural rights, yet expected to combat the trials brought by life. Cady Stanton eventually states her belief that someone has to struggle in life in order to survive, whether it is a male or female. This natural event clearly promotes equality that should occur between the two genders. To support this belief, the writer states: “It matters not to whether the solitary voyager is man or woman; nature, having endowed them equally; leaves them to their own skill and judgment in the hour of danger, and, if not equal to the occasion, alike they perish.” The author is saying that all humans deserve the same rights because every person is unique, alone, and individually responsible for itself. Elizabeth Stanton also states the fact that women didn’t have political rights and the right to vote, and that changes should be made in that field.
", as if “acting like a girl' was something to be ashamed of. It's implied many times throughout the novel that being a gentleman is of more value and prestige than being a lady. The issue with this is that there is no definition of neither femininity nor masculinity, yet people still try to conform themselves and others into categories. Sexism and categorization must also be combated with not only education but also general acceptance of people's decisions of gender, personality, and how they categorize
She believed that because racism, sexism, and homophobia were a part of their everyday lives that they should stand up and speak out against it. Many of Lorde’s writings address the ‘theory of difference’, which is the idea that gender is not binary. That the way we see the opposition between men and women is overly simplistic. Audre believed that it is not our differences that divide us but the inability to
Kate Chopin meant that scene to reflect how men thought that women's actions that weren't within the norm were irrational, even though he could do the same action and nobody would question his sanity. His hypocrisy was another demonstration of the treatment of women at this time in history. Personally, I felt sympathy for Edma Pontellier because was married to such a sexist and hypocritical man, but with consideration to the time period it can be understood why Kate Chopin would write such a radical novel. In my opinion, the purpose of this scene, and novel as a whole, was not meant for future generation to look back and criticize the society but rather a plead for change within her