Handmaid's Chauvinism Analysis

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Chauvinism and Feminism in Handmaid’s tale Introduction This paper explores the relations between women and men in a context of a dystopian society which is very well depicted by Attwood. Debates raised since society acquired language and nowadays is still a hot debate. Radical, feminists point men as the 'main enemy’ and they say that, patriarchy is considered as a form of domination imposed by men on women. Feminists are dealing with how to understand the relations between patriarchy and how to confront to oppose male chauvinism. “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.” ― Margaret Atwood’s saying at her official facebook page. This previous line tries to explain how society judge women and has established different moral values to them. These rules enhances them into promiscuity and chastity. Definition of chauvinism The dictionary defines Chauvinism as an unreasonable patriotism. The word derives from the name of Nicolas Chauvin, a French soldier who felt satisfied with his military rewards, his honors and a small pension. He had a great devotion to Napoleon and started the cult of the glorification of all military things. However, the term chauvinism also describes an attitude of superiority toward members of the opposite sex, as in male chauvinism. Traditional chauvinism – Modern chauvinism Traditionally chauvinism is associated with the differentiation of tasks between men and women,

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