She goes further to define society’s definition of being masculine and feminine; masculine means intelligent and strong while feminine was equated with delicacy. Women are beautiful, thus they are physically weak compared to men; for Wollstonecraft the only thing needed is moral goodness and not physical strength. Gendered behavior is affected by what education and experience one gets, and not with what is inherent to them. Yes, women are sensitive, they cry easily on anything that hurts them, but even men cry seldomly. Maybe it is culture that compels or teaches men to not be like women, preventing them from being
Eva Smith is the perfect example to show the audience that you might not be affected by this but someone might be and you will be the blame for it. “but I felt rotten about it at the time and now I feel a lot worse.” Sheila said this because she actually felt really bad and to blame for this girl’s death unlike the rest of her family except Eric. People were put into social classes according to their wealth, jobs and success. The upper class families don’t care about others with low class and are shown to be more powerful at that time. The high class families always had the power even though they were the same as the others but more successful,
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony was a slow paced documentary, but I found it to be interesting and full of information I did not know. What I like about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony is that they were different from each other, while complementing each other at the same time. They were both bold and independent, but they lived different lives, which meant they each brought something unique to the table. Stanton grew up in a wealthy family and was discouraged from getting an education from her father. Anthony on the other hand was seen as equal to men and was encouraged to receive an education from her father.
It was common for men to outnumber women, which is what caused these laws to be put into place. “Shortage of women made them more valued than in Europe, and the Puritan emphasis on well-ordered family life led to laws protecting wives from physical abuse and allowing for divorce.” (George Brown Tindall, 113) Also colonial laws were formed to allow wives more control over property that they contributed or inherited after the death of their husbands. (George Brown Tindall, 113) Nevertheless, even with these slight improvements men were still seen as being superior to women. Which also influenced women’s roles in
The audience gets to witness two drastically different types of relationships. Claudio and Hero are much more formal; Claudio decided to marry Hero not because they were in love, but because she was pretty and wealthy. Their love may be formal, but could be suspected to be insincere. Their talk in verse may be more official, but their love is not that strong. On the contrary, Benedick and Beatrice are completely informal when they speak in prose, but their love is definitely authentic.
She states that Stella and Stanley are not the only couple that deals with domestic abuse. She addresses the fact that their neighbors Eunice and Steve Hubbell’s relationship also has this element of violence, stating that, “there is an unnerving suggestion that violence is more common and more willingly accepted by the female partner in a marriage than one would like to believe” (Woolway, 1). Back in the 19th century, gender roles were prominent, and men were considered the “kings of the castle.” Women were considered to be subordinate to men, and in some cases would have to suffer in order to keep the man of the house happy. In the play, however, gender roles were not as prominent, because the story takes place in the 20th century, however, they still existed. However, this does not contribute to Stella’s delusion.
This attitude results in the treatment of women as less than men and can be found just about anywhere. “Parental preference for male children in China and India has been well publicized, a prenatal preference for boys exists in the United States as well” (Atwood, Pg.24). However, it is especially prominent in smaller, less developed countries where the need for a head of household is greater. With that being said, the need for a dominating head of the household is not the only reason for the patriarchal society we see today. The desire to have a son rather than a daughter often ends up leaving daughters in emotional turmoil due to her parents (often times) clear-cut bias.
Sadly, out society places those stereotypes on male individuals and they are looked down upon if they choose a different career such as becoming a stay at home father or becoming a hair dresser. These professions would be considered more feminine and the individuals may even receive rude feedback from family and friends for choosing this career path. Masculinity in Okonkwo’s culture is similar but different. I still feel that there is a very distinct masculine few on men that they are in charge and in power but woman in America have more of a say than women in Okonkwo’s culture do. While reading Things Fall Apart it became very evident that the man in society and tribe was definitely the leader and the ruler.
Throughout The Great Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson desired to fit in with the upper class; however, her marriage to George Wilson prevented such from occurring. Myrtle failed to recognize her husband’s hard work and true character due to her efforts to rise in social status. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald emphasized Myrtle’s hatred towards her marriage through her conversation with Catherine, depicting how people of the twenties focused more on wealth and power compared to moral American values. As readers closely evaluate the moment of Myrtle’s dialogue, she dictated her feelings towards her marriage in a way that supposedly justified her infidelity. Myrtle stated, “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman” (Fitzgerald 34).
Small lies that we subconsciously tell ourselves mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, but if we tell ourselves small fibs on a regular bases over small and miniscule problems, what’s to stop us from saying bigger lies when bigger issues arise? One of the biggest issues, gender discrimination, must be abolished since women struggle with the gender pay gap, and unfair treatment in sports, while men struggle with the gender discrimination in divorce cases, mostimes leaving their gender as the main reason the mother receives custody over the child or children. Women may be able to participate in the same profession as men, but the large gap in pay between genders fails to attribute to the positives of said situation. The members of the Institute for Women 's Policy Research have used statistics over the past hundred years to conclude that: “Hispanic women will have to wait until 2233 and Black women will wait until 2124 for equal pay” (Pay Equity). The IWPR states that, “According to our research, if change continues at the same slow pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take 44 years—or until 2059—for women to finally reach pay parity.” The same institute claims that the time span will stretch from a 41 - 215 year wait for equal pay.