His frustration and attempt to regain power over the women in the wild represents patriarchal society’s disapproval and attempt to stop women from gaining proper rights and restructuring the control of power. Moreover, his futile attempts of stopping the maenads shows the false realities of patriarchal societies. In Pentheus’ eyes, “the violence of these bacchants now blazes at our doors like a fire: it shames us greatly in the eyes of Hellas (Bacchae,
In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Gilead, an ultra-misogynistic dystopia, has taken over what can be assumed to be the United States. Women are separated into categories based on their age, fertility, and general use to the regime. Any women who does not fit the qualifications for any of the categories or violates rules against sexual activity is deemed an Unwomen and sent to the a supposedly treacherous place known as the “Colonies”. Men are also forbidden from having sexual relations unless given position of Commander, a rank that seems to hold the most power and privilege in society. The systematic oppression of these people is surrounded by religious justifications and biblical references.
This paper is a rereading of Henry James’s The Bostonians in an attempt to answer the question ‘can woman be a patriarch?’ Or how far woman’s quest for being a patriarch is a success or failure. First of all, there must be a reference to the origin and meaning of patriarchy as well as its historical development. Patriarchy is a central concept that is prevalent in large parts of the world. In the sociology of gender the origins of patriarchy are closely related to the concept of gender roles. The positions of men and women pass through several studies in fields like religion, philosophy, anthropology, sociology and psychology.
Mama's dream to spread God's word to her children. Mama has always been a faithful woman and she wants to see that Beneatha is faithful as well. This is especially crucial to Mama because she sees Beneatha as a younger version of herself. Mama continues to push Beneatha towards God's word by saying, "It don't sound nice for a younger girl to say things like that—you wasn't brought up that way. Me and your father went to trouble to get you and Brother to church every Sunday."
The governess envies other women as she doesn’t have children of her own, due to her profession. Her desire to have children causes her to become obsessive and overprotective of the children. In The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, the role of the governess occupies the liminal space between the expectations of
Reading 1 of The Lenses of Gender by Sandra Lipsitz Bem focused primarily on how society has viewed men and women through looking at the history of religion, theories, philosophies, and law. Bem uses her research to teach readers of the main differences that have historically set men and women apart from one another in the areas of male superiority, biological differences between the male and female bodies, and the roles that the sexes have maintained in cultures. What I found most significant was the general belief throughout all areas of historical research that Bem presented, that men are the “standard” for humans, and women’s ability to be pregnant and have children is extra, or “other” than the standard. Not only did the mentioned cultures
According to Alanna A. Callaway, Gilead’s entire power structure relies on the disunity of women. Although Gilead’s system oppresses women, it is the few women in power that make the caste system dangerous for Handmaids. The patriarchal power structure of Gilead needs women to regulate each other, suggesting that gynocentric misogyny, or women hating women, is far more dangerous than traditional misogyny (Callaway 2008). This being said, the genuine threat in Gilead is not from the men in power, but the
What causes gender division in Igbo culture is their polytheistic religious beliefs in Ani and Chukwu which depicts women as tender and men as belligerent. These beliefs create extremely different expectations of men and women and influence the status and the labor of both. Even though gender roles have always been apparent in nearly all societies and strongly influence the lives of many I must strongly urge all men and women to look past these injudicious beliefs and see each other as equals because it would open room for opportunity and benefit
Greek Mythology is notoriously anti-female revolution. From Aeschylus’s depiction of Clytemnestra’s thirst for power to one’s own Euripides’ depiction of Medea’s rampage of revenge, Greek mythology is terrified of powerful women. The Bacchae by Euripides makes no exception and continues stifling female empowerment; however, Euripides adds his own unique spin on terrifying female depiction. Instead of just representing women in power as monsters to fear, he instead blames femininity as the culprit. He uses the Bacchae, Dionysus, and Pentheus as examples of the danger in accessing one’s own femininity.
Wollstonecraft, in order to convince her readers for change, gather up what women lack and blames it all back to their lack of education, thus proving her point more. She does not only attack men who she believes is wrong, but she also mocks these privileged women who are gullible and too caught up with only themselves, fashion, and criticizing other females. She writes, “and these young ladies, with minds vulgar in every sense of the word, and spoiled tempers, entered life puffed up with notions of their own consequence, and looking down with contempt on
Amy Carmichael: Loving God by Loving Others Would you be willing to work on the mission field for fifty-five years without a break or furlough? Most people would not be willing to undertake such a difficult task. Even the most devout Christians would be hesitant or even unwilling to give their life in this way. Amy Carmichael did this to reach the lost in India. She served the Lord faithfully rescuing the temple children from horrible lives, sharing Christ with the young ladies, and writing several books about missionary life.