Nowadays, anyone can be a stay parent, completing gender-neutral tasks. The role of housewives are no longer perceived to be “low on the totem pole” but a well respected, being the primary caregiver of the household. In addition, with the increased employment of both spouses, more people find themselves turning to housekeepers and nannies to perform all the same tasks as a housewife. Life is simply not a path we are forced to follow, every person has their own destiny in life.
I Love Lucy Too In the classic show “I Love Lucy”, Lucy Ricardo was the title character that everyone adored. While she was a housewife and later, a mother, Lucy was also a humorous character that naively believed she would be in show business and become a star.
Some women were rebelling and fighting for more independence. However, the predominant message women received from society were still the ideas of subservience and housewifery. Even if women felt as if their purpose extended outside of the home, they were taught to repress that feeling and stick to what society wanted for them. Many women of the time appeared to be brainwashed, in a sense--void of any desires or wants for themselves, all energy and time focused on the home and family. A Harpers Weekly advertisement from 1953 details the monotonous tasks and chores delegated to a housewife, showing a day governed entirely by the husband’s “commuting schedule,” full of general housekeeping, shopping, and doing whatever it takes to satisfy the children and impress the husband.
“I’m going to have so much fun dressing her in all those cute little clothes.” Al, my husband’s dad, had commented about his younger wife, “Peggy would have been a good mom. It’s a shame she didn’t have children. She’ll be a big help with your kids, and will treat them as her own.”
Only one of her mother’s goes out to work and the other one stays at home taking care of Kim. Client’s moms are very involved and willing to do anything required to help her. Client lives in a single-story home. Client’s moms goals are that Kim is more independent on communication, sitting and
Alice Walker chose the title “Everyday Use”, because it shows, to embrace your past, the importance of family, and not to look past the things we use everyday. Alice Walker chose the title “Everyday Use”, to show to embrace your past. Momma and Maggie don’t even feel like they are at home when Dee comes to visits. Dee thinks she is better than the people that surround her. When it finally came time for momma to choose between the two on who should get the quilts, she chose Maggie instead of Dee.
At the end of it all the Celie that we have come to know and love changes drastically. From obedient and whipped to confident and determined. With the help from her sister Nettie who showed her there is more knowledge to learn about the world than just being a simple housewife. Also, from Sofia who taught her it is alright to be strong and disagree with your husband. And lasty Shug, who eventually becomes her lover taught her how valuable she is.
Although she was unhappy no one in her family knew she wanted to leave until she was already gone. In a letter she was writing to her family Marilyn said, “I have kept all these feelings inside me for a long time”. This inward questioning about whether she should stay at home and become the perfect housewife, or if she should chase her dream of becoming a doctor is what defines Marilyn as a character. She has all of these aspirations however, due to the social norms around her she is forced to choose between two separate lives. This decision and specifically the letter relates back to the title where it hints at secrets kept by characters in the novel.
Deenies mother is always saying deenie needs to be a model when she hasn’t even asked deenie what she wants she is trying to live the life she wanted through her children like her other daugter (Deenies sister) helen who is "the brains of the family" she is always telling helen she needs to study because shes the brains but deenie never has to study because she the face of the family which is very unfair to not only helen but also deenie. They both should be treated the
The only people Joon has known in her life are her brother and all the housekeepers he has hired to take care of her. The housekeepers too are driven away from her “unmanageable” behavior. Through all the ups and downs in Benny and Joon’s lives, they love each other tremendously. They can’t live their lives without each other. Ironically, Benny is much more dependent on Joon than the other way around, “You need me to be sick.”
I am no longer afraid to say, “Yes, I am a girl, so what?” and hold my chin up high when I engage in political debates and speak about my career goals at home or at school. Explaining that times and expectations have changed to a grandmother who has never worked a day in her life because of the belief that women should stay at home has been a challenge, but I am determined to be a person who makes a difference in our society. One of my favorite reactions on people’s faces is when I debunk their first impression of me. After giving a presentation in my English class, a classmate came up to me and said, “Little lady, you fill the room with a strong confident voice” and I decided to take that as a compliment! Whether I am standing on a chair to project my voice or standing in the front and center of the room, I let it be known that I am proud of who I am and what I look like.
Next, A Woman in Berlin used rhetoric to appeal to the targeted audience. For example, the text states, “‘Forgive me. It’s been so long since I had a woman.’ He shouldn’t have said that. Next thing I know I’m lying with my face in his lap sobbing and bawling and howling all the grief in my soul (Page 104).”
As the United States became more industrialized, the understanding of freedoms began to change. New systems of transportation began to emerge that allowed people to be able to travel quicker, a new economy emerged, and participation in the democratic system grew. Socially and politically the nation altered its concept of freedom, but select groups were still left out. At the turn of the 19th century transportation was being revolutionized as the United States became dedicated to improving transportation.
Is the feminist movement going in a good or bad direction? Is the feminist agenda about equal rights for all women and all persons? These are questions that should be pondered as the movement continues to gain momentum and as our society starts to change around it. In an article titled the “New Oxymoron: Socially Conservative Feminism” (McCarver) it starts to answer the question, what is true feminism?