A woman’s job in life was to be a good mother and a good wife, period. Although feminist movements were now on the horizon, the subject of women standing up and speaking out for their rights was extremely controversial. As a feminist, Kate Chopin incorporated feminism in The Awakening through characters such as Edna Pontellier and Mademoiselle Reisz. Because the subject matter was so controversial and taboo, Chopin received a lot of negative feedback when she published the novel, with readers calling it “morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable.” The reactions Chopin received in response to her novel are very similar to how the people within Edna’s society react to her journey of a spiritual awakening. Both were intensely judged and alienated due to their unique views that did not match up with the masses.
The women of Afghanistan are modernly known for the restrictions and rules that they live by in today’s day and age. However, this wasn’t always how they use to live. Ages before the Taliban and the Soviet Occupation, Afghan women lived normal and free lives compared to today. People often do not believe this due to lack of knowledge of the women from this country and of this culture, myself included. After reading and analyzing literature including A Woman Among Warlords, A Bed of Red Flowers and the document text Afghanistan: An Oxfam Country Profile, we can see how they conditions that the women of Afghanistan has changed for the worst.
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.
It would take a special kind of author to portray a woman because they are all different depending on their time period. In “The Wife of Baths Tale” the woman is dirty and ugly. A woman writer in that time period would have never made a woman out to look like a sexual heathen. Only a man would or could have shown a side of a woman that women would not have want to show. Chaucer did negatively stereotype women throughout his tale and in doing so he portrayed women incorrectly.
Self-doubt often arose because women were frequently bombarded with messages of what is proper and improper as a lady; their thoughts were often dismissed if they disagreed. Women were aware of these social pressures and struggled to follow them, even subconsciously burying their thoughts from the constant oppression that has almost become intrinsic to them. In “The Yellow Wall-paper,” when the unidentified woman is starting to lose her sanity, she starts to think that she is the creeping woman trapped behind the wallpaper: “I don 't like to look out of the windows even — there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come out of that wall-paper as I did? But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope — you don 't get me out in the road
During the Puritan times gender roles in the society were very anti-feminist. Women were required to act as housewives and do womanly duties such as cook, clean, and take care of their children. Women had very little freedom as far as their rights were concerned also. Puritan writers, Anne Bradstreet and Mary Rowlandson both experienced the struggle of the anti-feminist movement. From their writings we see that they both were against anti-feminism and they tried their best to abandon the whole idea.
For centuries, women have been exploited by the society. Events of women being prohibited from doing things like voting or working and being forced to behave the way it is considered to be socially acceptable have been jotted down in history. Until today women are still viewed as the weaker sex. In some countries, women are regarded less than human and are treated like slaves. Khaled Hosseini goes into the oppression of women in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Suttree, demonstrates the prejudice deeply ingrained within society, as well as the way it largely affects its readers. The misogynistic attitude is certainly not a new one. Women have been oppressed and viewed as less than men, in personal accounts and in narratives, for a long time. In the minds of the men in this novel, women are seen as merely an addition to men or an afterthought, and certainly not able to hold the value of a whole person on their own. The only real relationships with women the reader observes are Cornelius Suttree’s romance with Wanda, and then with Joyce.
Over the course of time women’s gender and social status has limited their abilities to thrive, live, achieve and educate themselves. In Isben’s Hedda Gabler, Tagore’s “Punishment,” and Ichiyo’s “Separate Ways” women reflect the limitations placed on them because of gender and social status. Alhough, Hedda, Okyo and Chandara live in different worlds and different class they still share similar outcomes due to their restrictions. Nevertheless, all three women have different motives and outcomes along the way. Isben’s Hedda Gabler, Tagaore’s “Punishment, and Ichiyo’s “Separate Ways” present the limitations of women through gender and social status as an effect on their decisions and outcomes.
On the contrary, women during that time had little freedom over all aspects of life. Ranging from employment to formal education, women often faced disadvantages due to the inferiority that men placed on them. However, as time went on, women became aware of the mistreatment from their male counterpart and began questioning the subservient role that they were accustomed to, leading to women 's fight for equality. In these two essays, we will examine the different theories around Liberal and Marxist feminism. I will draw from Elizabeth Stanton 's essay "The Declaration of Sentiments", that the Liberal theory included in her writing demonstrates an accurate