Perversion is also not connected to the societal norms. There are lots of sexual acts of which society does or has disapproved (adultery) but are not considered perversions. He offers examples to the elucidate his position. Voyeurism, exhibitionism, sadism and masochism are, according to Nagel, incomplete forms of communication. Nagel also talks about homosexuality, and settles that using this quarrel one can hardly call homosexuality perverse, since two persons of the same sex can certainly have complete communication (Nagel, 16).
Duffy’s Feminism and Dramatic Monologues: A Study of Some Poems from The World’s Wife. Yasser K. R. Aman, Minia University, Egypt. Abstract This research aims at investigating Carol Ann Duffy’s representation of feminist issues by recalling historical, religious and mythological figures using the dramatic monologue. Duffy subverts feminine archetypes through a series of dramatic monologues in her volume The World’s Wife whose structure is based on an eclectic mixture of influences that build up intertextual and metatextual webs reflected in themes of love, as well as the loss of love, sexist oppression, sadness and loneliness, and many others. Be it noted that The World’s Wife shows difficulties, set by a patriarchal society, in the way of women as well as men.
Sedgwick says that study of sex and gender are not parallel, sex is chromosomal and gender is constructed. Gender is definitionally built into homosexuality, but sexuality represents beyond gender and reproduction. Gender always reveals the preference to heterosexual because the social institution makes gender
Arlene Stein’s book “Sex and Sensibility” is a literary masterpiece that develops the framework of content that was essential towards explaining the rise of the lesbian movement; though solid in its message, Stein’s bias is recognized throughout the text, she was cognizant of issues and factors that affected the movement but she fails to piece together the entire spectrum. Stein captures three fundamental factors displayed throughout the text: (1). The recognition of new sexual identities and their associated orientations (2). The separation of the Feminist and Lesbianist movements, and (3). The differentiation of the “Old Gay” and “New Gay”lesbian identities.
Known for her confessional mode of writing, Kamla Das’s (1934-2009) poetry offers an aesthetic of resistance to the phallocentric codes and conventions. What sets her poetry apart from the other Indian women poets writing in English is the brutal honesty with which she handles the issue of women’s search for subjectivity and autonomy in the face of patriarchal prohibitions. Her choice of a free poetic mode instead of regular metrical form suits her tone of anger and protest resulting from the marginalization of women. However, while hitting out at the deeply entrenched patriarchal prejudices, she does not forget her own femininity. Das’s individuality lies in evolving a new language of protest.
Mrs. Beast, a poem from the World’s Wife that is a collection of poems written by Carol Ann Duffy that often focuses on the female perspectives by using traditional stories that were focused on male character. Mrs. Beast is one of the last poems of the World 's Wife and it sums up the whole purpose of World 's Wife: to present a voice to women of history and literature and to explore aspects of their lives and personalities. As with all the poems in the World’s Wife, Duffy follows the form of a dramatic monologue and through the first stanza draws attention to the history of male domination and female suppression by listing famously victimized women and revealing in Mrs. Beast’s tone, bitter resentment.
This means that there is almost certainly no likelihood of the two parties forming a family and having children. Engaging in sex without the objective of procreation is seen as one of the worst taboos in our culture. However, in the 21st century, modernisation and western influence have influenced the outlook of Singaporeans. Singaporeans live in a bicultural world where they experience contradictions between their own culture and western culture (Hahm, Lahiff & Barreto, 2006). Therefore, the purpose of this review is to find out about the attitudes of Singaporeans on the topic of casual sex today; whether they feel that casual sex is acceptable or not.
Gustave Flaubert was accused by the public intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre of having an “underlying fantasy of himself as woman” (Huyssen 45). Sartre managed to show how Flaubert fixated on his own fictitious femininity while at the same time sharing the period’s animosity towards real women. A thought process and behaviour unfortunately only “too common in the history of modernism” as stated by German and Comparative Literature professor Andreas Huyssen (45). A compelling example of this deplorable thought process is described in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper. Her work falls into the category of early feminist literature and the story categorically illustrates this notion of hostility towards women in the nineteenth-century.
The novel is Atwood’s imaginative response cast as comic social satire in vividly metaphorical language. The story line of the novel, The Edible Woman is simple but by using paradox Atwood has made it complex. It is a story of a woman’s identity crisis of 1960’s. The novel re- visions the traditional comedy in order to underscore and satirically expose women’s continuing conditions of entrapment within their own bodies and within social myths. In Conversations Atwood speaks The body as a concept has always been a concern of mine.
An essential theme of the novels of Bharati Mukherjee is racism as an important feature in oriental and occidental culture. The novels are the social analysis, where the socio-political condition of both east and west are considered as the chief subject. Bharati Mukherjee is a past winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bharati Mukherjee rejects the concept of minimalism, the characters in all her works are aware of the cruelty and violence that surround them and are often victimized by various forms of social oppression, she generally draws them as survivors. Bharati Mukherjee is a Third World Feminist writer whose distraction is to deal with the issues related with the women of south Asian.