Anne McClintock wrote her essay “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap: Portraying the female and male orgasm” to examine pornography and how it has changed throughout history and its effects on how women perform as sexual beings. McClintock focuses on the various roles of pornography such as its emphasis on voyeurism, pleasure, and the male ego. She wants her readers to know that women are still not represented in pornography to satisfy their own desires, but they are there to cater to men and their subconscious. I will analyze how McClintock argues that due to the history of sexism towards women, the roles that men and women have in pornography are inherently different because of the societal belief that women are only seen as objects of sexual desire and are solely there to satisfy the male audience.
Based on the beliefs regarding men and women in society, gender roles and gender stereotypes have been created in order to label men and women into distinct categories, giving great disparity between the two in regards to what behaviors and characteristics are expected of them. There were both issues of gender roles and gender stereotypes throughout the film, ‘Collateral Beauty’. Women were stereotyped as dependent, sensitive to others’ feelings and supportive, whereas men were stereotyped as dominant, logical and aggressive. An example of this stereotype towards women is seen among Claire, a friend and business partner of Howard, Amy, a struggling actress who helped with the plan to make Howard seem mentally unbalanced while portraying the role as ‘Love’ and also Madeleine, a lady who lost her daughter and lead a grief supportive group. Dependence can be seen throughout the film when Claire agreed to engage in the plan to overthrow Howard of his job and sell the company.
Looking past the obvious presence of gender roles (male and female) that just so happened to be a part of the social norm during that time, Hitchcock sought to represent women with having more depth, realism, and independence than ever before in women in Hollywood. Contrary to the common expectation for the female characters to be somewhat complimentary to the male lead in films, Hitchcock established characters who were a complete deviation from those standards. In The Man Who Knew Too Much, Josephine McKenna; a singer, mother, and wife, plays a huge role in the film as she and her husband search for clues leading to the retrieval of their kidnapped son. Although our first impression of Josephine is nothing more
Women would be paid money to sleep with men — married or not. This was viewed as illegal fornication by the church, and was thus considered a sin to the religion. However, the church later corrected their words to a paradoxical lesser sin, or necessary sin. In 1458, the Grand Council of Venice declared that prostitution was absolutely indispensable to the world.” Although the medieval society was vehemently against men having sexual encounters with other women than their significant others, most acknowledged that prostitution served as a protection to prevent respectable townswomen (middle, upper class women) from getting sexually harassed, abused, or raped. The church emphasized on the fact that prostitution was morally wrong, therefore, to reinforce the law, prostitutes were require to wear a type of distinctive clothing to set them apart from ‘decent’ women and to avoid confusion if one got mixed up.
The French did not like that Native women wore such little clothing. Reis states that, “European commentators could not separate their representation of a woman’s nudity and sexual behavior” (62). To the French, however a women represented herself was an influence of how she acted sexually. Native women were knowing to participate in divorce and have female sexual independence. This conception was made based off of their clothing and how they presented their bodies.
A NEW WOMAN Feminists as Lucy Irigaray, Judith Butler and Helene Cixous have explained in their essays how men are historically empowered by their own speeches that explain men are the only subject, the main model to equal. The aim of this essay will be to provide an analysis of Lethal, Embrace, The Mother and Love, Forever by Carol Oates and explain how society affects characters’ behaviors in these stories considering feminist ideas. Lethal shows a man’s action caused by patriarchy, created by society. It is a short story with a male narrator. There is a man that feels superior to a woman, so he rapes her, even though she does not want to.
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
Social media today, women are pressed to be sexually attractive, while men are represented as being physically desirable, aggressive and violent. Back in the Elizabethan era, when Shakespeare's classic tragic star-crossed love story of Romeo and Juliet was performed, this standard of men and women would have been considered as normal. In Elizabethan times women were considered as objects that could be used to forge alliances with other powerful families through arranged marriages whereas men were of higher rank than women. With the exception if Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare reinforces the stereotypical Elizabethan man and women. But, in Baz Luhrmann, 1996 ﬁlm of the play, does he follow or challenge the way Shakespeare originally represented males and females?
Must women be feminine, and males be masculine? Feminism questions the acceptance of these ideologies and works to nullify them in our nation. Equality, the very principle America was founded upon and the very reason why feminism is important to the populace. Hegemonic masculinity not only plagues males but females as well; by creating a fragile male ego that believes a competing female will emasculate males instead of assisting, only causes females to cater to the male needs. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie best explained the injustice from traditional gender roles in the quote, “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.
The original rendition is said to have been told to convey two morals: the first, warned female readers against the dangers of curiosity; the second, warned husbands against expecting the impossible from their wives (Sheets 1991:643). Carter has however adapted the original story to appeal to the modern reader and provide some personal commentary on social issues. She also gave it her own controversial twist, by making the husband a murderer, and what some might refer to as a pervert. As Sheets accurately states, “Carter situates the story in the tradition of aesthetic sadomasochism” (Sheets 1991:643). Throughout the story the heroine notices various erotic art forms in the castle.
Power with a women was not a good idea to them. Women said that they needed power and wanted to make their own decisions. Men completely disagreed. “To their frustration, women found, just as female activists had a century earlier, that the men in these social reform movements were reluctant to give women any substantial
There are many instances when men rule over women in literature and society. Men holding power over women is a type of feminist criticism, specifically patriarchal. Kate Chopin 's “The Story of an Hour” is saturated with patriarchal concepts because during the time era the story took place males’ dominated society, women were expected to be dedicated housewives, and males controlled women’s freedoms. For instance, during the mid 1800s to early 1900s it was a social expectation for women to live obediently and remain loyal to their husband. Mrs. Mallard lived this exact lifestyle, but when her husband died she concluded she no longer had a “ powerful will bending hers ” (Chopin 162).