Sociologically speaking, gender is a social construct that we are so accustomed to that we rarely speak up about the injustices women face. Throughout the drama, gender plays a key role in the development of the story. Lorraine Hansberry purposefully incorporated empowered men and women both fighting to be heard and understood, while maintaining their masculinity or femininity. This was done to create the dynamic that gender does make a significant impact on lives and how we choose to live. Hansberry explores the issues relevant in the early 60’s such as abortion, the importance of marriage and the altering of gender roles.
Medea uses Ethos, the persuasion through ethical arguments, to appeal to the female Chorus who live in a patriarchal land. Medea and the women of Corinth both share, to a different extent, the experience of being unfairly categorized as the caretaker of the family, which aids Medea in persuasion because she can be trusted as a woman to speak on the patriarchal society. She continues as ‘’of all creatures that have life and reason we women are the sorriest lot’’ (229-230) of all the living things Medea describes women as the ‘’sorriest’’ which suggests that women are pitied and helps Medea to allure the Chorus to be on her side. Medea suggests to the Chorus that Females ‘’must at a great expenditure of money buy a husband and even take on a master over our body: this evil is more galling than the first.’’(231-233) Medea is arguing that women must sacrifice a ‘’great’’ amount of money to ‘’buy’’ their partners. This conveys the patriarchal community in Corinth.
In order to explore the impactions of black and white standards of beauty (Eurocentric) that influence Black female hair styles in modern day United states, I will utilize concepts and theories from Anthropology and African American studies. According to Robert H. Lavenda, Anthropology is the study of human beings that is holistic, comparative, field-based, and evolutionary. Anthropologists gather a wide range of information from multiple cultures, compare cultural practices, incorporate other disciplines, and join in cultural practices to determine “who they [the people being studied] are and why they do what they do” (Lavenda 2012). Cultural anthropology specifically assumes that culture the individual and communities. Culture is defined
The consistent reinforcement of idealised beauty and female competitiveness reinforces patriarchal notions and representations of women. The Kardashian family are crucial to continuing these notions as they continue to influence and appear in many other facets of everyday life outside of their reality shows demographic reinforcing traditional gender roles and behaviours for women, continuing traditional patriarchal gender
Both the play Real Women Have Curves by Josefina Lopez and the movie adaptation make an attempt to communicate the message of female empowerment through their respective protagonists, Estela and Ana. Men resolve most of Ana’s problems, whereas Estela relies on herself and other women. The play conveys the theme of female empowerment because it is female-centric, successfully addresses the issues of body image, and focuses on women’s independence and self-validation. Lopez’s play serves as an example of what can happen when women uplift and depend on each other, as opposed to men. In comparison to the movie, the play undermines male dominance by focusing on women’s efforts to solve their own problems.
Although differences are somewhat obvious, subtle similarities exist. Undeniably, the common themes that these two works share are the following: first is making a stand for self-identity and individuality. As seen in the two works, search in self-identity in a male-dominated society was in need, where the woman, being a main protagonist in both literatures is downgraded to specific and limiting roles like nurturers, servants, and followers. These protagonist women, Tita and Vianne both go through the same struggle, trying to be determined as who they are in a world that continuously ignores or undermines their needs, wants, and wishes. Second is the liberation from beliefs, superstitions, and traditions.
William Dean Howells’s “Editha” and Henry James’s “Daisy Miller” In the nineteenth century, American writers became obsessed with the Realism movement. They started to focus on problems of that century such as wife abuse, child neglect and women’s freedom. They wrote about the middle class that suffers from different social problems especially women who act against their social norms and traditions. Realistic writers try to represent the events and social conditions as they really are without idealism. They show the harsh and cruel reality of the surrounding environment that women live in without framing that reality in beautiful frame.
It is stated that Murray was one of the first women who argued “women’s capacity to reason.” Murray argued for the same men and women educational facilities, inaugurating change within the socialization. Murray also joined reformations with other women against the reconstruction of gender equality. Galewski’s close reading of Murray’s text reveals two types of irony used within, romantic and dialectical. The ironies coordinate within each other in the text which makes the argument more persuasive. However, Murray’s argument successfully conveys women’s mental potential.
In society, women are stressed on the role of motherhood, being a “happy” mother, and providing their every moment toward not only their children, but their husbands needs on both ends. Kate Chopin changes the view of the woman role figure, in the 19th century, that not all women are the same. Not every women is meant to be a mother and a happy house wife, women want to seek to find their own identity rather than settle to be the women the past has been. Kate Chopin’s “The Storm” reveals the female empowerment from a woman’s perspective rather than in today’s society. “The Storm” not only interested in the immoral itself, but comes naturally inside or outside of marriage.
Being forced, pressured and mislead into relationships made her stronger, and more independent. Strength and endurance was an important theme and trait in Janie's relationships. Strength was required of janie, as she went through her days wanting and seeking love. She was slapped and beaten in two of her relationships. Being harassed in those relationships, displayed her strength as an individual, mentally and physically.