In the novel, the women gossiping about Hester say: “The magistrates may be God-fearing but they are too merciful” (1). Those women believed that Hester should be stamped with the letter A and put to death. Women today are not as harsh, however, they do view adultery with more disgrace than men. For example, women censure other women for committing adultery more than men do. These women see it as a shameful act to the entire sex and criticize adulterers heavily.
Abate (169) acknowledged that, compared to other novels of similar theme, The Outsiders was “lack of true profanity, drug use, and sex acts.” Is it characteristically a touch of femininity that women writer produce when writing about violence? There were two female characters present in the story of the outsiders: Cherry Valance and Marcia who reveal certain stereotypes about femininity. First, Cherry embodies the woman as emphatic and anti-violent peace maker. She enjoyed long conversation she had with Ponyboy, a greaser, listened to him and showed empathy toward Ponyboy’s problematic life ( Hinton 30-34). Cherry is also portrayed as a smart girl of the upper class who is soft, educated, and is sick of fights.
She states that sexism comes from how women have been perceived sexually throughout history and that this heavily influences pornography. McClintock sets up this argument by saying “Women’s desire, by contrast, has been crimped and confined to history’s sad museum of corsets, chastity belts, the virginity cult and genital mutilation” (113). She is saying that women were never given the chance to define their sexual wants and sexual desires because they have always been decided for them. Her main argument is based on her belief that men and women have formed the way that women’s sexuality is portrayed, even before the porn industry existed. McClintock disputes that society wrongly accused women of not wanting to participate as sexual beings and therefore that assumption is why pornography is focused on satisfying the needs of men over the needs of
Smith’s life in the slums and her experiences during the Great Depression greatly influenced her writing. Most of her novels depict families struggling to survive on a low income. Another idea Smith explores in her novels is what part women should take in the world. In Smith’s lifetime, women were granted the right to vote and other significant rights that many did not agree on. In her books she created strong female leads that defy the bubble women were placed in at the time.
By what disaster did you lose your wits? Come out, my child, I beg you as a suppliant! '" (Sophocles, lines 1228-1230). Kreon 's use of the word suppliant shows how he feels subordinate to Antigone in this moment. In "Sonny 's Blues," Sonny uses heroin to cope with his past and how he feels misunderstood now, saying "Her voice reminded me for a minute of what heroine feels like sometimes-when it 's in your veins.
Being a woman of color in the 1920’s was no easy task. Gender and racial inequalities have made progress throughout history, however during the time of this novel, and even in our modern day world they are still present and causing conflict. This is an issue that should be focused on and taken more seriously. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie does a fantastic job overcoming several of these inequalities in order to pursue her own happiness, overall depicting her as an extremely powerful role model for young
In Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees, she fights sexism by creating complex characters who break gender barriers and go against the stereotypes. Sexism is the belief that women are less than men. If someone legitimately believes another is below them, they most likely will not show any respect. Some people even go as far as not treating them as human beings (which they very much are). The novel's main characters, "...Taylor Greer and Lou Ann Ruiz confront two types of child neglect and single parenting: Esperanza's daughter, Ismene, and Taylor's adopted Cherokee child, April Turtle..." (Snodgrass, Female Victims).
Some of Minerva’s most powerful moments aren’t on the outside, but rather the inside. Yes, she slaps dictators, stands up to prison guards, and is a symbol for everyone under Trujillo’s oppressive rule. But one of the most courageous things she does, is after prison, after she had been beaten down and diminished, she still manages to put the face on. Her old self face, as she calls it. Minerva has a hard job, she made a reputation for herself, because of the fiery, unfearing way she goes about her life and the rebellion.
In her story, Big Blonde, “[t]he protagonist is a woman in her 30’s named Hazel Morse. Like Parker, Morse is an alcoholic” (“Dorothy Parker and Alcoholism”). Inspired by the dangerous addiction that she faces, Parker writes a short story with a main character who is facing the same problem. Therefore, it is evident that if these authors did not deal with these addictions, then their writing would be different, and it would not be so heavily inspired by their
From the publication of East of Eden to today the rights and empowerment of women have escalated exponentially. Women are no longer obligated to follow the nurturing mother ideal; they can be independent and strong. Then, in the novel, East of Eden, some believe the author oversimplifies his female characters by filing them into either traditional, caring mothers or heinous villains. However, Steinbeck utilizes their simple, one-dimensional archetypes to show how complex his female roles truly are through subtle details. Within the novel, most female characters are designated into the class of typical, loving mother types, but they are each defined separately within their cohort.
These laws, then, uphold old notions of chastity and virginity, while providing a weapon against men from social groups we do not like. They also deprive women in their mid and late teens of choice under the guise of protecting that choice. The highly “patriarchal and paternalistic” law is what Delgado sees an area for further revue. With the lack of women being charged for such crimes, he questions things such as pressured intercourse and sexual love involving two consenting individuals. He also believes that women are scarcely charged with statutory rape because it is how it “should be.
She loses herself, as I would imagine Sophie to do after a life time of oppression. Jane saw a woman in the wall, and then became her. She took on that identity, and in her mind, then became free of ruling and imprisonment. All of my sympathy for any of the other characters in this work went solely to Jane. Her obvious mental instability made the story difficult for me to read- not because it’s what’s wrong with her, but what’s wrong with professional medical abuse, which especially back then was an ongoing problem in addition to today.
The use of different wrong doings allows readers to view the abuse displayed in the 1800’s. However, many others and I can attest to the novel not encompassing the dilemma of abuse enough. The men, converting it into an ideal, romanticize the abuse of women. The men are envious that Janie takes her abuse so quietly. The concept of maltreatment is made to seem common in normal life.
The author touches on the subject of rape and its relation to black women’s history of oppression, and how the word may be sensitive to some women because of that exact history. I found this aspect of the reading to be very interesting, and even hurtful to read. The author also touches on the idea that younger generations are taking feminism in a new direction, while older feminists are feeling left out and not included in activist movements like the “Slut Walk”. I personally, have always sort of found something off about activist movements like this and have realized, being to a few that there can still be a severe divide in women when it comes to race, age and sexual orientation. If the point of these activist movements is to bring women closer together, Reger makes me wonder if these movements are doing the opposite.
Feminism is the philosophy advocating equal political, economic, and social rights for women. The idea of feminism was not at all prevalent during the 1850s when Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was published. In spite of this, Hawthorne wrote one of the most influential feminist novels of his time: The Scarlet Letter. This novel was hailed as an important feminist novel because of the main character: Hester Prynne. Hester Prynne is the very embodiment of feminism because of her refusal to adhere to the societal norms, her independence in thought, and how the view of the society around her changes through the novel.