Along with illiteracy and ignorance, the Taliban ensures the apartheid among gender. The Taliban leaders believed that if they gave women the right to be educated or any other freedom, they would lose the authority of their rank. The Taliban’s rigid principles were not only the revival of the Islamic laws; it was their internal political battle. The madarassa sphere thus became a powerful symbol of manhood and a reassertion of the students’ commitment to jihad. By controlling women’s bodies and denying them rights of freedom, Taliban gained a false legitimacy for themselves.
The suffrage movement also caused women involved to face stigma from the British government, common British men, and non-suffragette women. When faced with the tide of women begging for the right to vote, the British government answered with an iron fist. The entire country was run with an androcentric view, a view that places male at the center of culture. Because of this view, the male-dominated government imprisoned, beat, and shamed the suffragette. The main character of the film, Maud Watts, is imprisoned and while in prison, she goes on a hunger strike.
She describes the world to be unjust, especially to women. Medea believes that women are looked as inferior to men, and even so, men are quick to display their unlikely maltreatment. To her, women have little to no say in their marriage, their bodies, and general society. Medea’s outlook of women is first conveyed through this quote, bringing upon the theme of the state of women within Greece. This quote reveals the state of women within Greece, a leading theme of the story.
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.
In fact, an unknown Greek poet once said, “silence is a woman’s glory,” (Lefkowitz and Fant 65). Though men called women evil, men were the ones who went to battle and killed people left and right. They were the ones who often forced their wives to leave their newborn babies to die if they were deformed or female. They were the ones who divorced their wives if they could not have children at all. They were also the ones who cut women off from the world outside of their homes, believing women were extremely sexual beings who needed to be contained.
Before Esteban and Clara married, Esteban would satisfy his need to control women by taking young women of Tres Marias and surrounding towns and rape them: "Word of his cruelty spread throughout the region, provoking jealous admiration among the men of his class. The peasants hid their daughters and clenched their fists helplessly because they could not confront him. Esteban Trueba was stronger, and he had impunity” (Allende 63). Esteban is known throughout the region for his unruly and cruel behavior due to his habit of raping young women. Esteban has no regard for these women and the consequences his actions create including countless bastard children.
There is always someone to look after Olinka women … our people pity women..."(162) This shows that the Olinka culture downgrades women simply because it is their own customary beliefs. Apparently, it's customary for men to be educated while women and girls work at home. The novel makes the Olinka tribal culture horrible compared to America. In ways as, “Although the one ritual the do have to celebrate womanhood is so bloody and painful, I forbid Olivia to even think about it.
Treating women with inferiority is a warning sign of a possibility of something being sexist. With inferiority playing a huge role throughout the book that makes the Iliad a sexist work. A work like
It is essential for governments to continue the fight against the Taliban and other extremist groups that are preying on women. The attack on women’s rights began immediately after the group took control when “the Taliban closed the women’s university and forced nearly all women to quit their jobs” (“Report on the Taliban’s”). Before the rise of the Taliban in 1994, Afghanistan was making steady progress towards equality. Women could vote by 1920, gendered separation was abolished in the 1950s, and in the
“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body”. When Margaret Sanger spoke these words, she was expressing her belief on a woman’s right to have an abortion. This quote, however, speaks to the fact that women are oppressed on more than just abortions. In the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Atwood portrays the dehumanization of sexuality through both the characters and events within the novel, therefore proving that women will always be considered less than men will. Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1939.
In The Handmaid’s Tale, human reproduction seems to be the driving force behind the totalitarian regime put in place by the government. This importance placed upon reproduction is due to a large decline in fertility, due to a number of environmental factors. The Republic of Gilead also seems to be a patriarchal society. Men are seen as superior, and they have more freedoms than women. Men are not seen as part of the reproduction problem.