By Ariel Levy’s definition, “female chauvinism” and “raunch culture” describe women who believe men are inferior and women objectifying other women and themselves, respectively. While females, to a certain extent, have always and will always be objectified by the media, it has not become more pervasive in recent years. If anything, the sexualization and objectification of women has been mediated due to advancements in gender equality. There has been a gradual switch in cultural expectations of women from codependent lady who needs a strong man to take care of her to competent woman who can take care of herself. This role transformation, while seemingly so, is not a kick in the ribs to men.
This paper will talk about the women in both novels; how they are developed throughout, what they serve in the plot, and how the authors reflect their views about women through their works. Both Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World show a future where women are inferior to men. Also, the authors have misogynistic views about women. But Fahrenheit 451 is heaps better than Brave New World, because it actually has more intriguing women, and is not reeking of total sexism like BNW. In Fahrenheit 451 Clarisse is the novel’s catalyst.
Throughout history, women have had to fight against stigma and stereotypes in society. In every era, from the ancient world to present day, females have been persecuted and taken advantage of due to their gender. In our previous set of readings, the female protagonists were strong characters who defied weak stereotypes, but were still viewed as lesser beings than men. In our second group of readings, where were written more recently, women saw a slight increase in their sovereignty. All depict women as powerful figures who use their wits to make a better life for themselves.
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
In a traditional culture at the time, the female image was inferior to men in many different aspects. Women have an inferior intelligence compared to men, inferior role in society, and inferior status. Later on, women were respected more as wives and mothers. Women remained in homes, raising children, and “rescuing men’s souls and leading them to the holy paradise” (). In his writing, Nathaniel Hawthorne creates a new female-image, one that focuses on remaining a pure reputation.
Taking Into Perspective Hester Prynne  Feminists are people who are passionate about bringing gender equality into the society that we live in. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is portrayed as a beautiful woman who is charged of being an adulteress, despite this fact, she was able to persevere and endure the shame and the humiliation of her sin. In a feminist perspective, women are constantly being abused by the over-arching society, influenced by men. As a feminist writer, Adrienne Rich points out in her essay, “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision” that men derive their “charisma” from exerting power over women and being able to be in control. Such as with the case of Hester between her and all of the other
Pearl: It 's not like that, I just am not made to fight. Aquamarine: Tell this to your brother, I am going now to give him a proper goodbye. Pearl: You frighten me with your thoughts. Aquamarine: Don 't worry about me, be scared for yourself. Pearl: Just don 't tell anyone what you are going to do, I will keep it a secret too.
Chisholm used the rhetorical device antithesis in her speech by saying, “The physical characteristics of men and women are not fixed, but cover two wide spans that have a great deal of overlap.” She uses this to show that men and women are similar in looks, and should be treated with no difference. She goes on to say that a “robust women” would be better for a physical job than a “weak man.” Women aren’t given this chance, though, because women are best fit to be teachers and secretaries
She questions why the unskilled and skilled men say and write so many evil and reproachful things about women. Christine proves through her words and actions that women are capable to do any work as men. Christine shows that women are not portrayed as evil in the society. As a result, Christine says "Lady, I see well that many good things have come through women, and if any evil resulted from evil women, it still seems to me that the good things brought about by good women, and also by the wise women and those learned in literature and the sciences"(De Pizan 147). However, Delaney thinks that Christine is very detailed in her writing in order to prove her position.
The feminist accept Portia as a women who subverts social status and overcomes the suppression of women's right in a patriarchal society. On the other hand, she is criticized that her choice is a repression of minorities. And she decides the case against Shylock and aggravate Shylock's isolation. Though, there are different opinions in her choice, she is highly respected for her action to overcome the restriction against women in courtroom and excel ability of men. Thus, there is no doubt that Portia is a wise women who displays her abilities as a women.