In his article Kimmel outlines why simultaneously being a man and a feminist produces resistance from other men and from feminist women as well. His explanations are spoken about as “fears of feminism” divided by gender. Kimmel sets up his argument by reminiscing about the two types of people that are offended by his work as a male feminist. One is the feminist who is determined to prove his intentions are patriarchal (60). Kimmel states he can guess that women may have the fear that all men are oppressors created by a patriarchal system, who all benefit from the system, and, therefore, are all the same (61).
Every aspect of society works not only to gain control over those of low social standing, but also show a significantly great amount of prejudice against women. In this way, the societies enforce their patriarchy onto its citizens, allowing modern time readers to draw contrasts between their own societies and the ones in the novels that oppose ideas of freedom through indoctrination, using education as a form of empowerment and violence to evoke fear. Men are only regarded the monarchs of society once women have been demeaned. This is evidenced through Attwood’s use of animalistic language to display the false power the Commander holds over Offred. Upon their first meeting, Offred states that she thought ‘he might be toying, some cat-and-mouse routine, but now [she] thinks that his motives and desires weren’t obvious even to him’.
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
Therefore, they are victims of objectification because even Symkyn's wife and their daughter are introduced inversely compared to the three men. The nameless wife has been told right before the two scholars, suggesting that she introduced after Symkyn because he owns her, making him liable for her and them as a unity. As a result, she's an object of his needs and desires. She is “wel ynorissed and a mayde”, meaning that she is only valuable for her manners and her virginity, making her an object. (Chaucer, 3946).
Many people overlook the relationship between revenge and gender stereotypes. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, explores a society in which women are objectified and the need for truth and revenge is highlighted throughout the play. In this play, women are looked at as inferior to men, and men need to make the final decision in all matters whereas women are supposed to oblige. Revenge gets handled very differently for both genders, and the relationship between revenge and gender can be seen through different characters’ quests to gain vengeance. By using women to further their goals, it can be seen that the men in Hamlet degrade women and are constantly using women for their own vengeful benefit.
Furthermore, the leadership uses various dehumanizing methods to achieve complete subservience of women to men. Some of these methods include destroying identity through classification, objectification, and indoctrination. Most women of Gilead are sufficiently repressed that they seem to accept their assigned roles, at least outwardly resigned to their fate. Atwood uses gender roles in The Handmaid’s Tale to show the lengths to which misogynistic totalitarian governments will go, to protect their dictatorships. The Republic of Gilead is a hierarchical society which requires complete submission of women to men.
In her essay, “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions,” Elizabeth Cady Stanton argues that although men and women were created equally, men have oppressed woman's inalienable rights. Stanton supports her argument by giving examples on how women are seen as their husband’s property in society with the goal of convincing women that they must fight the government in order to gain the rights that should have been given to them at birth, allowing them to vote, divorce and liberty. Her purpose is to show how women have been repeatedly usurped by men in order to make the audience aware of how far Americans have gone to oppress women in society and to show that America is not as great as it seems to be. Stanton establishes a contemplative tone with
This is suggested by Helen Simpson who stated that Carter centralises ‘latent content of fairy-tale’ is that women are objects of male desire hence patriarchal discourse establishes male supremacy to which Carter does this to challenge contemporary perspectives on the place of women by revealing the oppression that society inflicted. The Marquis is an overt example of male ownership of female bodies. Similarly, where Atwood exposes the harsh realities of oppressive patriarchy through the female body, Carter utilises the construct of the Marquis in the eponymous story ‘The Bloody Chamber’ as a grotesque embodiment of patriarchal control. In her essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ Laura Mulvey coined the feminist term ‘male gaze.’ She argues that men are the audience and women are to embody the male perspective of women as objects of satisfaction. This is particularly apt when considering Carter’s use of gustatory imagery ironically depicting the Marquis as a ‘connoisseur’ and ‘gourmand’ which adds to his sadistic lifestyle and so symbolises control through stripping her with ease like ‘stripping leaves off an artichoke’ and resembling the pornographic image of ‘Rops…Reproof of Curiosity’ sexualising the image of women.
Must women be feminine, and males be masculine? Feminism questions the acceptance of these ideologies and works to nullify them in our nation. Equality, the very principle America was founded upon and the very reason why feminism is important to the populace. Hegemonic masculinity not only plagues males but females as well; by creating a fragile male ego that believes a competing female will emasculate males instead of assisting, only causes females to cater to the male needs. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie best explained the injustice from traditional gender roles in the quote, “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.
Man always dominated woman and changes their identity, and what gives man right to do this? Because they think they have the power and follow the idea that, man is the one who conquer the world. I believe that man and woman should have equal rights. In Jane Eyre’s text Antoinette is portrays as a negative figure and using the words lunatic and mad to describe her, it becomes unfair. The story becomes biased because we only see one point of view.