Female Empowerment Analysis

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Several critics seem to assume that for one to endorse the values of female empowerment, they must represent the image of overt liberation over those who seek persecution covertly. However, that is not the case; female empowerment describes a woman’s struggle for liberation from societal bounds. Liberations can manifest as words or actions made to reinstate one 's rights and control. These efforts are found in the narrating persona of Melissa Febos “Whip Smart,” as well as Sylvia Plath’s "Daddy." These works depict fights against oppression by particular males as well as against the systematic oppression of patriarchal society. In both cases, the narrators achieve personal empowerment employing …show more content…

In her memoir, Febos uses several essential tropes to paints a picture of a powerful woman who used her "feminine sexuality," (30) to depict her self-liberation. One being the transformation of the female character, Febos employs this trope to show the "transformative power" of women.(48) Also stripping the men of the "entitlement" in which they felt is another example of how Febos reclaimed herself. The "entitlement" that came with being a man, and the "entitlement" of one who has paid for the pleasure. Nonetheless, Andrea Dworkin would argue that "women facilitate a complex and contradictory negotiation of pain, pleasure, and power in their performance in the fetish realm of BDSM... is linked to female sexuality and violence."(410) Dworkin claims that BDSM reinforce violence on women rests upon the questionable assumptions that the women are not in control. She then quotes from Audre Lorde, stating "sadomasochism is an institutionalized celebration of dominant/ subordinate relationships." (412) Argue the inherent violence that exists within these practices, primarily those directed against women. She would demonstrate how it legitimizes the male desire to subdue, assault and control …show more content…

Sequentially a thorough examination of the Plath 's poem "Daddy" paints a different picture by stripping away the urbane façade, she reveals the social restrictions on females. Plath 's combative systems of metaphors in "Daddy" offers a more picturesque view of the means by which power can transpire. Plath appropriates that power for herself, by becoming the attacker who terrifies, who imposes himself upon other. She no longer hides because she no longer has to she shed the femininity which threatened to undermine her. Her reversing the metaphorical expectations and writes a poem that not only overwhelming compelling but also

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