I decided to relate one of my experiences with the discussion we had about stereotypes. On many occasions I have been categorized as loud, ghetto, or aggressive because I am a black woman. At a young age I never knew why certain people thought this way I just considered it to be something that was normal. Once I got older I realized the way some people portrayed me to be was far from who I was. Therefore, every time I came across a person that categorized me as something I 'm not I made sure to correct them.
Exploiting the ideologies of feminist criticism, it could be reasoned that The Great Gatsby promotes an obscured masculine agenda. Through Fitzgerald’s treatment of the fundamental female characters in The Great Gatsby, the novel seems to uphold and corroborate with the traditional gender roles, neglecting any positive alternative view in the process. Fitzgerald himself is said to have been greatly affected by an affair his wife Zelda is supposed to have had, during the time the novel was written. Thus it is somewhat understandable he would write with contempt towards certain female characters and their portrayal (Bruccoli,1994). The author’s unwillingness to change his outlook and worldview seems to indicate he, himself, has become a slave to the established male dominated society.
Several Arab stories illustrate the oppression of women under patriarchal societies through controlling female sexuality that results in broken identities. In the Women of Sand and Myrrh, after Suzanne evidently enjoyed their lovemaking, Maaz reminds her of the traditional gender roles of women, “God created you to bear children, and to give pleasure to a man, and that 's all.” By saying this, he indicates that Suzanne should never delight in sex as it represents a purely functional purpose for women. The idea of sex as a process serving men alone perplexes Suzanne who asks what Maaz means, and he answers, “God created women to make children, like a factory. That 's the exact word, Suzanne. She 's a factory.
311). ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and the other short stories featured in The Bloody Chamber do show violence and abuse which generally can conflict with the feminist writing style of the twentieth century. Some find ‘The Bloody Chamber’ to be disturbing because of its violence and sexual content, but “Carter, however, uses the language of the story not to lull the reader into ignoring the dangers posed by Bluebeard but instead to heighten the readers awareness of the threat posed by the sadomasochistic underpinnings of much of decadent culture, which created a dangerously passive and readily victimized feminine ideal.” (Kaiser 32). Since the collection of short stories in The Bloody Chamber are rewrites of fairy-tales, it draws critics to its irony. “Carter argued that Bloody Chamber was ‘a book of stories about fairy tales.’” (Makinen 22).
In the painting, Kiss Me and You’ll kiss the ‘Lasses, Lily Martin Spencer used a woman holding a spoon and the title to demonstrate the beginning of challenging gender roles which relates to John Steinbeck’s cynical tone about gender roles and stereotyping in The Grapes of Wrath, thus proving that despite how far society seems to have come when it comes to gender equality, people still endure discrimination and stereotypical pressures today because of the sex they were born into. The woman in the picture is smiling at whoever is painting her or whoever is looking at her. The person, most likely a man, is tempted to kiss her but she warns, with the title, that if he does so she’ll hit him with the spoon she has in her hands. Also it’s ironic that the lady who
Don’t Touch My Hair is the protection of you. Often time people look at black hair and are “fascinated” with it or “infatuated”, as if it is so extraordinary and that all someone want’s to do is stare and touch it as if they are some exotic animal with an extravagant fur. When black women, and black girls don’t wear their own hair they are supposed to feel ashamed for having perms and extensions. By not liking their hair they consequently didn’t like their blackness. This is where the problem really begins, and why Solange chose to write Don’t Touch My Hair.
The sexism we have in society is what artists try to inform listeners about. Artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole rap about themes and issues prevalent in our current society and tend to stay away from misogynistic lyrics. Yet we still have lyrics like “Don’t save her, she don’t want to be saved” in J. Coles song No Role Modelz. He compares women to those in reality shows to those in 90’s tv shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to describe relationships today. Without having role models, young people would just prioritize sex in their relationship.
A Feminist Critique Feminine criticism is an aspect of gender criticism. Gender criticism “examines how sexual identity influences the creation, interpretation, and evaluation of literary works.” “The Yellow Wallflower” is a feminist critique of gender in society. In this story in particular, it is demonstrated through symbols. The wallpaper is one symbol that was used. “I kept still and watched the moonlight on that undulating wallpaper till I felt creepy… the faint figure behind seemed to shake the paper, just as if she wanted to get out” (Gilman).
Title of Essay When most people think about darkness they usually think of evil, fear/fright, wickedness and many more negative things. Some people like Emily Dickinson who was a famous poet thought differently about darkness and what it meant to her. In two of her poems called We grow accustomed to the dark and Before I got my eyes put out she talks a lot about darkness and sight but, she uses them in a metaphorical way instead of a literal way. In both of the poems being in the dark and losing your sight both have deeper meanings and are used as metaphors to explain deeper things in life. The metaphor of darkness in the first poem was meant to be to be comparing darkness with life and the second poem was meant to be comparing sight with
By referring to black people as those terms is a form of dehumanization. It gives the impression that the singer’s belief is that African Americans are less than human and that makes it okay to not treat them with basic decency and respect. The whole song paints the African American community as caricature that perpetuates all kinds of racial stereotypes such as loving watermelon and sin. There is also a line in there about marking a colored man “with the nick of a knife.” This also suggests that the singer was treating the idea of harming a colored man as something of little importance or consequence.