As can be seen, gender politics is an evident topic of discussion internationally. Females are typically the victims of gender inequality and Kincaid portrays the issue through the short story Girl. When the expectations of women are not met there is a pandemonium followed by a series of consequences. Kincaid has experienced the negative feedback as a woman. The shorty story Girl is only a small depiction of the lives of women.
However, there are also elements of all three films that solidify gender conventions and the cultural performance of genders. This is evident in the way that the characters dress as well as behave. However, Meshes of the afternoon subverts this idea with the female lead dressing in what is deemed masculine clothing. Even though there is a hint of masculinity in females such as Ada from The Piano, Debbie from The Searchers and the female protagonist from Meshes of the Afternoon, the downfall of women is still evident and the only way a woman can be saved is by the help of a man, who according to Schatz is the hero (p.570). This is demonstrated in The Searchers and The Piano when Debbie is saved by Ethan and Ada saved by
"Gender is such a familiar part of daily life that it usually takes a deliberate disruption of our expectations of how women and men are supposed to act to pay attention to how it is produced"(The Social Construction of Gender 65). This tells us that once someone does something out of the "norm" then we start to conceive ideas of what gender is and how it is produced. Once something is done out of what we were taught and perceived to believe is right we then frown upon these actions. Our genitalia is often used as an indicator of which sex we belong to. The reading also talks about gender stratification and how it ranks men above women.
Hedda Gabler remains one of Henrik Ibsen’s most timeless works as it raises issues still relevant to modern audiences. In Hedda Gabler, Ibsen reveals the stifling nature of the female role within a male-centric society by defining memorable character dynamics that serve to reflect different societal expectations of women in 19th century Europe. This would have coincided with the first wave of feminism. The significance of each character’s relationship is unique to the purpose it serves. In Hedda Gabler, there are three significant relationships that allow Ibsen to establish his purpose as they become symbols of how women interact with the female role.
The story opens with Mrs. Wright imprisoned for strangling her husband. A group, the mostly composed of men, travel to the Wright house in the hopes that they find incriminating evidence against Mrs. Wright. Instead, the two women of the group discover evidence of Mr. Wright’s abuse of his wife. Through the women’s unique perspective, the reader glimpses the reality of the situation and realizes that, though it seemed unreasonable at the time, Mrs. Wright had carefully calculated her actions. When asked about the Wrights, one of the women, Mrs. Hale, replies “I don’t think a place would be a cheerful for John Wright’s being in it” (“A Jury of Her Peers” 7).
One example these actions being brought to life is on of page 109 when John Proctor tells Elizabeth “ My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man”. This is quote has so much meaning because previous to this quote John had admitted to the court that he had had an affair with Abigail. By him admitting this he is putting himself in the state to be arrested for adultery, which would later lead to his death. Abigail had accused John's wife Elizabeth of being a witch in hopes that she would be hanged.
This idea is reinforced later on in the movie when Nancy taunts Sarah about allegedly having sex with Chris, and once Nancy hears that Chris nearly raped Sarah, she loses it. Here we can see Nancy’s primal instincts coming out, as she acts out of fear and anger and ultimately kills Chris, because according to Nancy’s twisted logic, Sarah has fully cemented the fact that Chris will never love her again and she cannot handle this. Before killing Chris however, the rage and anger that Nancy has repressed about Chris bubbles over and manifests itself in a speech that not only shows Nancy’s ruthless and unforgiving nature, but also helped the movie gain its cult
They are several examples of inequality between them with Jane describing how she felt belittled by him and was constantly being put down. When speaking to Rochester he also says that girls must worship the men- showing gender inequality. Also when Rochester tells Jane that he was going to ask Blanche to marry him, he did it only to get her jealous. He wanted to infuriate her so it could build up his self-esteem and do something for him and not for her, As you read Jane Eyre has a ton of gender inequality in it, it is a main theme in the novel and shouldn’t be over looked. It is shown when she is a young girl, when she is naïve and doesn’t understand that she is able to not follow the norm and do what she believes in.
I first started off with the left side covered with different women and the right side with different men, to show the sense of equality. Although both these works presents how men have the power and ability to do as they please, I selected an image of an upper first and above it says "it’s time", time for women to take initiative upon the idea of "men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. " The surveying woman is a man, the surveyed woman is a woman, and by this the woman objectifies herself as a topic of a gaze.
In the short dramatic play, Trifles by Susan Glaspell it showcases the repression of American women by a male dominated society during the late eighteen hundred. Susan Glaspell’s dramatic play Trifles seems to describe the ultimate women’s suffrage. With that being said men will no longer have an upper hand against women. Theses were the encounters taking place around the same time the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell was introduced in
Disability and Sexual Assault Intersectionality asserts that different groups of people experience inequalities and violence in unique ways. Sexual violence against women transpires in all regions of the world but some groups are often not included in discussions. Ableism was extremely apparent throughout the twentieth century in terms of the legal system. This control takes a drastically different form in current laws and discussions.
Susan Glaspell wrote the social satire, Trifles, in 1916. The play includes elements of what the women’s suffrage movement was all about and incorporates the mood of society during that time towards women; their social status was viewed beneath a male. It also shows the discriminatory mentality men had towards women that were commonly accepted. Trifles, described as something of little value or importance, is enlighten throughout the play. This new vision of the lack of roles for women during the 1800s, in which she wrote and lived, would influence her writing.
“Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison: “And all the while the blonde continued dancing, smiling faintly at the big shots who watched her with fascination, and faintly smiling at our fear. I noticed a certain merchant who followed her hungrily, his lips loose and drooling. He was a large man who wore diamond studs in a shirtfront which swelled with the ample paunch underneath, and each time the blonde swayed her undulating hips he ran his hand through the thin hair of his bald head and, with his arms upheld, his posture clumsy like that of an intoxicated panda, wound his belly in a slow and obscene grind” (4). This is a “key” passage in the larger text because the woman here is simply a metaphor for the minority’s, blacks and women, gruesome experiences