Feminist theatre came into being as a by product of the experimental theatre movement of the 1970s’ and 1980’. It was an alternate theatre which enabled women to explore their creative talents on stage independently. Feminist theatre served as a means of constructing an exclusive feminist discourse on stage that questioned the patriarchal norms of female subjugation. Its movement was towards the construction of a theatre space where women are no longer mere stage props. They started functioning as the creators of drama rather than being confined to the roles of wife, lover, mother or lunatic. It was a paradigm shift from women being the objects of male gaze to the creation of a self sufficient female gaze, from being objects to being the subject
Dating. It has always been a major aspect of the American lifestyle. From depicting relationships in magazines, to major Hollywood productions, to comic books, dating is everywhere. Dating itself has evolved, modernized and redefined itself after each passing generation. From the days where a woman 's hand in marriage was traded for land and property to the Tinder hookups of today, dating is nothing like it used to be. Thanks to an insight into the 1960 's relationship, I have been able to draw many similarities and differences between two teenage cultures that separate themselves by only 50 years. Through background research and a conversation with my wonderful grandmother, I have been able to conclude that the major changes in our dating
“Virgins”, by Danielle Evans, is a tragic story narrated by a young girl who places what she views as “inevitability” into her own terms. The protagonist of the story is Erica, a young, physically well-developed girl who has her own view on men and what exactly they want from her. Throughout the story, a constant battling environment surrounds her, and one side of her keeps pushing her to the verge of giving up everything - even her virginity. Evans uses the title of the story to question the importance of finite as virginity in relation to the value of a woman’s body. Through the use of character development, plot, themes, language and style, setting and figurative language, she is able to come up with a true proposal of the both self-value,
The flapper represented the “modern woman” in American youth culture in the 1920’s, and was epitomized as an icon of rebellion and modernity. Precocious, young, stubborn, beautiful, sexual, and independent, the flapper image and ideology revolutionized girlhood. The term “flapper” originated in England to describe a girl who flapped and had not yet reached maturity. Middle-class, white, adolescent girls embraced the symbol of the flapper and the development of change and innovation. It is important to note not all young women embraced the flapper’s rebellious movement and adhered to traditional pre-World War I morals and values. Young women who joined the flapper movement would no longer abide by pre-conceived conventional expectations
Time To Stop Hooking Up,” By Donna Freitas is a very interesting and relatable article to students in College. This article is very persuasive, as to many of the things the author points out are indeed true. It’s a must read article, and will easily catch your attention, it proposes how hooking up is the norm, there should be more dating involved, feelings of college students.
Margaret Sanger, a feminist social reformer, argued that “women cannot be on equal footing with men until they have complete control over their reproductive functions”. Her argument improved our everyday life by providing more information on contraceptives, giving women the power to control their bodies, and changing the role of women and men. Margaret Sanger was determined and dedicated to provide women with information about contraceptives which eventually improved the lives of many women.
In many of the colleges today a "hookup" has changed in definition. In other words, hookup once meant a romantic relationship but, Hookups today can be "all about throwing off the bonds of relationships and dating for carefree sex" (Freitas). At least that is what Donna Freitas says in the article "Time to stop hooking up. (You know you want to.)". Through the article she explains how a hookup has changed and how it has to stop because of it affecting the way teenagers see a relationship. Freitas uses many persuasive appeals and rhetorical strategies to persuade effectively on these arguments. By using these rhetorical devices she is able to keep the readers hooked into the argument. One example of a persuasive appeal and rhetorical strategy she uses is logos and exemplification because of her providing statistics and facts from surveys. Statistics from the article provide more compelling information because they provide a representative sample of teenagers who hold certain beliefs about hookup culture. It also wouldn’t hook readers to Freitas’s purpose in the article, making no one want to agree with her argument. So should college students really stop “hooking” up? Freitas uses persuasive appeals and rhetorical strategies to effectively persuade her argument on why colleges student “hookups” need to
Double standards exist everywhere you go. In society, women and men are held to different standards. Whether it comes to strength, leadership, or appearance, they affect everything and everyone. These contrasting principles also apply to sexual fidelity. Often, men are praised and looked up to to having many sexual relationships. On the other hand, women are shamed for having the same relationships. These double standards are portrayed in literature as well. In Homer’s The Odyssey, we see these double standards applied to its’ story and characters. It was especially applied to Odysseus, the main Greek hero in this epic. Greek epic heros are figures that are meant to represent the ultimate mortal the ideals and common values in Greek culture,
Through the adoption of feminist anthropology, globalization, politics of representation and political economy frameworks and theories Brennan is able to effectively explain that the sex trade is more than a means of survival- it is an advancement strategy that hinges on the sex workers successful “performance” of love. Through the successful application of these frameworks Brennan reveals that the status of anthropological theory and ethnographic representation is important in understanding the constantly evolving and globalized sociocultural
In a society that is heavily influenced by mass media, women are repeatedly compartmentalized into unrealistic, and often degrading standards of appearance and sexuality. Doris Bazzini’s research on magazines and Caroline Heldman’s blog explores themes related to a woman’s appearance, while Jessica Valenti elaborates on the concept of virginity in her essay titled, “The Purity Myth”. Despite the diversity in scope when it comes to womanhood, there is a numerous set of expectations that a female must fit in order to be “ideal”. However, this checklist is so specific and debasing that it renders the criteria useless. The three main pre-requisites in being the ideal woman include physical attractiveness, sexual accessibility, and purity. The pressure
In the novel Brave New World, author Aldous Huxley links sexual promiscuity and happiness by utilizing diction and imagery, proving that the only link sexual promiscuity has towards happiness is that it promotes a false sense of happiness.
C.J. Pascoe, in her book Dude, You’re a Fag, argues that heterosexuality and dominant masculinity are inextricably linked. In order for boys to assert their masculinity, they must comply with the social processes that Pascoe calls “compulsive heterosexuality.” Compulsive heterosexuality builds on the concept of compulsory heterosexuality, a theory coined by researcher Adrienne Rich which refers to heterosexuality as political institution that enforces heterosexuality on women as a means of ensuring male dominance through “physical, economic, and emotional access” (86), and constructs alternative sexualities as “the other.” Compulsive heterosexuality encompases a myriad of sexualilzed gender performances and rituals, not merely to affirm one’s
Young people love to have sex. There are many types of sex, with the main type being direct sexual intercourse, where there is penetration using the genitals. The act of having sex is an emotional and private experience to most people. Despite this however, many begin exploring this idea around a young age. Award winning author Mohsin Hamid talks in depth on this topic in his novel “Exit West.” The novel follows two characters, Saeed and Nadia, as they escape together around the world, teasing each other and learning more about the ideas surrounding sex and its associated pleasure along the way. Through his word choice and character descriptions, Hamid portrays women in his novel as being more sexually inclined than men, taking control of the pleasure they want.