As a girl today, I am well aware of the adversities for women in the world. Inequalities in our society are undeniable, but we focus on our own lives rather than women’s lives in the horrific world of human trafficking. The novel Sold by Patricia McCormick explores this terrible world and its implications. McCormick has experience with this world through extensive research and time spent among third world country red light districts. Reading this text, I began to think about gender and its large role on society.
In the novel,”Annie John”, by Jamaica Kincaid, it discusses the gender stereotypes placed upon women. By looking at the descriptiveness and tone of the passage, it can be told that the narrator feels that she is always treated less than the other gender, which she doesn't like, and the narrator doesn’t want to be in this position anymore. This is important because it reflects how the narrator feels about the gender stereotypes she has to go through, which essentially shape her into the person she will become. The tone the narrator uses to show that she is given a lesser role shows that this is a big problem for her. Understanding the reason why she is always given the lesser part shows that this does have an impact on her life, and is something in her life that she cannot avoid, telling her what she has to become.
Throughout the novel, A 1000 splendid Suns, written by Khaled Hosseini touches upon many social issues, which humans all over the world, despite the gender and culture, face. For example, the life of Mariam and Laila have many similarities, due to the gender inequality they face, the aftermath of war, and the inevitable crimes women go through. To being, the Afghan culture creates a hierarchy in the society, in which the women are at the bottom, since they are considered as sinners and are used as objects. Also, women in this setting are conceived to be weak, unless they are “accompanied by a mahram, a male relative” (Hosseini , which demonstrates that in this society women alone are useless and are not able to sustain a livable life. For instance, when Nana disapproved the idea of Mariam going to school because women need
In a diverse society like the one of today, equality among members is a critical issue affecting the harmony in the society. Viramontes` story “The Broken Web” goes a long way into depicting the struggles and hardship that women in such diverse societies go through. The story covers the life of a lady named Martha who is haunted by repressed family memories. It is developed into a chain of revelations of how her father, Tomas oppressed her mother. Tomas beat while at the same time cheated on her mother.
Through Amir’s description of the situation, Sohrab looked “…” which assumes that Sohrab is raped regularly. All of this shows that women do not have any personal worth, and it is another form of discrimination seen in the novel that contribute to the oppression of the people. It is another ugly element of war and
In the short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, by Joyce Carol Oates, Connie met another character named Arnold Friend. Throughout their interactions Connie evolves in the story. In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, Connie evolves as a character through Connie's relationship with her mother, interactions with Friend, and her emotional and physical status. Despite the way Connie's mother treated her “she knew she was pretty and that was everything” and she tried to keep her head held high (323). Connie's mother looked at her daughter with disgust as she talked down to her about her looks.
Stanton mentions that the women of her time “Feel themselves aggrieved,oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights” (113). This boldly shows how much the women needed those rights and people in order to live successful lives. The people in one's life do affect how successful one is. Maya Angelou’s poem hints at how people have a great amount of influence on one's life. “Mold it into the shape of your most private need.
Sociologically speaking, gender is a social construct that we are so accustomed to that we rarely speak up about the injustices women face. Throughout the drama, gender plays a key role in the development of the story. Lorraine Hansberry purposefully incorporated empowered men and women both fighting to be heard and understood, while maintaining their masculinity or femininity. This was done to create the dynamic that gender does make a significant impact on lives and how we choose to live. Hansberry explores the issues relevant in the early 60’s such as abortion, the importance of marriage and the altering of gender roles.
(Hill-Meyer, 2009). Intersectional Feminist Theory is the theory that women experience oppression in various forms and ways. Cultural patterns have become interlocked by the intersectional systems that society has created to continue the multi facets of oppression. This is increased where transitioning which, in itself, is taboo for why would a man want to be a woman. A man has greater rights than a woman and is widely more respected.
The narrator in this story is Dee’s mother, Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson’s narration sets the tone for the reader’s impression of her daughter. A reader should question Mrs. Johnson’s motives before accepting blindly her mother’s opinion of who Dee has become since she left home. Mrs. Johnson truly believes her life is great how it is and cannot comprehend