“Red Flag” emerged from her conversation with four other women about menstruation and how it is a taboo issue that was never discussed in art or literature. Menstruation is still is a taboo subject, an ignored mark of “otherness” suggesting the inadequacy in women. It is a natural bodily substance and bodily process women go through, so why could it not be discussed with admiration in art? The fetishization of women is acceptable in our society but this image a natural, everyday act is considered obscene and offensive. Red Flag rejects the normative patterns of domination and submission in our social order; women are no longer hiding behind the conventional, yet restricting, veil of
Abortion is one of the ethical dilemmas which our society is facing for years and there are many deep arguments about abortion for those who support and against it. The issue of abortion can be contentious and underage abortion can be more contentious among the parents. Adolescence is the phase of both physical and emotional development as they are starting to build up their own identity and autonomy. During abortion stage, adolescents may experience depression or may have suicidal thoughts due to guilt. As mention in the straits times article by Mr Darius Lee, most of the parents think that adolescents are not mature enough to make decisions during emotional state and make choices without thinking about long-term consequences of their action.
Comparatively, Emilia holds a higher position of status yet still experiences the masculine authority of sexuality. This is exemplified by Iago’s constant suspicion of adultery or that another man, “hath leap’d into [his] seat,” slandering her reputation (Shakespeare II.i.300). Emilia’s resistance to oppression is her fatal flaw, which she accepts in her final plead to speak and “let heaven and men and devils,” judge her for disobeying her husband before Iago calls her a “villainous whore” (Shakespeare V.ii.220-233). The final female character, Desdemona, offers another perspective as the audience is able to witness the progression of her relationship. Initially outspoken and independent, she breaks free from paternal control and “challenge[s] that [she] may profess/ Due to the Moor” over her duty to her father (Shakespeare I.iii.188-189).
While Art openly admits he has no clue what he’s doing, Phlox completely delves into the identity she chooses. When being told she is unable to have sex as a practicing Christian, she drops that part of her. Chabon writes how does she does hang onto the opinon that gays are gross and homosexual fornication “disgusting” (109). Her attitude on the topic obviously contrasts with Arthur dramatically; additionally, Art is constantly having an inner battle about what his sexual preference is, so her inability to be empathetic does not fair well with her plan to win over Art in the end. Her dramatic two page letter condones his homosexual tendencies, but also offers to take him back once he chooses the heterosexual life (Chabon 231).
This seems to be a tool to disassociate herself from the text, belittle her agony, and bring the reader closer to the story. In doing this, it implies that she believes this behavior and mindset of “elusive gaping worry” is customary. In the third line, she says “you don’t try to explain it,” because she can’t explain this terrible feeling to herself for she believes that this torture requires no explanation, for “it’s nothing after all.” In this section it is difficult to tell if the “nothing” is referring to her pain or her relationship with the man she just had sex with, but either way the narrator makes it clear that if anything positive was happening, it has
In the article "Dear Men It's You, Too" by Roxane Gay her main argument is that men are focusing on the critiques they get to justify ignoring the real issue behind why they are being criticized. For instance, "Skeptics are willing to perform all kinds of mental acrobatics to avoid facing the very stark realities of living in this world as a woman"(3). Santagati shares this similar close-minded view of the horrors women face surrounded by rape culture. He is ignorant of the issue of sexual harassment and the consequences women face for attempting to speak up. After finding out about the girl who was killed for confronting her accuser from Seales he is taken aback but not before responding with extreme protection suggestions for
This can be seen when Daphnis and Chloe originally begin attempts to have sex, they are too innocent to understand how to do it. This provides opportunity for an older, more experienced woman to teach Daphnis. An interesting scene in itself, this furthers Daphnis’ sexual maturity while again promoting male-female relationships. In other texts women’s sexuality is supposed to be suppressed and almost feared by men. Women who express their sexuality are often seen as sinful or given into evil.
It is noticeable to everyone around her that she’s straying into dangerous areas of her sexual tendencies/habits. She’s continued an unconventionally long and exclusive sexual relationship with Henry Foster. As Fanny cautions Lenina, saying that she may get in trouble, she defends herself and says “No, there hasn 't been anyone else.... And I jolly well don 't see why there should have been" (36). Lenina knows that she’s consciously broken the regulation that everyone belongs to everyone else but continues to do so after by choosing the socially misfit Bernard Marx, therefore elucidating the impression that she rebels against her conditioning for sexual
Huxley’s novel is a little different when it comes to bearing children. They have elective childbearing, which means that the mothers to not bear children anymore and so motherhood is indecent. As we know how sex was only a use of populating the human race and for reproduction use only, 1984 seemed to have children as surveillance more than anything. The people in the society never seemed to be able to trust one another so having the children there to rate out there parents appeared the way to catch those who felt feeling and recalled about the past. Having read both books, Freud is mentioned in both stories through his impact on sexual desires, aggression and how it is important to human beings even though they emphasize it in a totally different way.
A women is expected to be submissive and not question the man. “The first time we quarreled, he said to me accusingly, ‘You don’t cry.’ I realized that his wife cried, that he could handle tears but not my cold defiance” (Adichie 4). Even as a mistress, which is not seen as moral and is not deemed how a woman should act, women are expected to be subservient to men. When she raises her voice and calls him a bastard, she is openly defying her expectations. She insults him when she calls him a bastard but even more she is insulting this power that he has over her.
Adolescence can be a hazardous and perplexing time and for teens, girls especially, and they do not deserve to have their authority figures teach them that their bodies and their natural human desires are things that are shameful. No adult should teach a child that they should cover or hide their bodies in disgrace. For preteens and young adults, living in one 's own skin is already hard enough, the added disrespect is not at all necessary or helpful. Abstinence only curriculums often promote sexism and can leave young people, especially girls, with the impressions that doing something that is very natural somehow degrades them, lessens their worth, or makes them dirty. This is detrimental to not only the way women view themselves but also to the way that men perceive female sexuality.