Anne McClintock wrote her essay “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap: Portraying the female and male orgasm” to examine pornography and how it has changed throughout history and its effects on how women perform as sexual beings. McClintock focuses on the various roles of pornography such as its emphasis on voyeurism, pleasure, and the male ego. She wants her readers to know that women are still not represented in pornography to satisfy their own desires, but they are there to cater to men and their subconscious. I will analyze how McClintock argues that due to the history of sexism towards women, the roles that men and women have in pornography are inherently different because of the societal belief that women are only seen as objects of sexual desire and are solely there to satisfy the male audience.
In this written text, the emphasis will be on Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale and as well as the way Atwood portrays women and how it can be argued to show the oppression of women. The main purpose is to analyze the way women are treated throughout this book and depict why they are represented this way in the society in Gilead. Then, comparatively, observe the men’s domination over women and how they govern this society. In The Handmaid’s Tale, women are stripped of their rights, suffer many inequalities and are objectified, controlled by men and only valued for their reproductive qualities. The Gilead society is divided in multiple social group.
A profound example of a male intruder barging into the life and mentality of a naïve female protagonist is the short story, “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates. Essentially, Oates exaggerates characterization through the use of archetypes and existential allegories to give closure to the realistic narrative. The feminine archetype of Cassandra is reflected on Connie’s mentality and her ultimate actions.
Firstly, Atwood satirizes the way women are presented stereotypically in literature work. She implies that women do not have a voice of their own, and that they always act in the shadows of men because of lust or pity for men. This description is full of exaggerations and Atwood also indicates how
Make money differences that can also be similarities found in Jamaica Kincaid story ‘’Girl’’ and in Anna Quindlen story ‘‘Between The Sexes A Great Divide’ ’ For example, a similarity between these two amazing authors is that they 're both written in a woman 's point of view and talk about how woman and man are a bully in their relationship. In ‘’Girl’’ written by Jamaica Kincaid, Female talks about how ladies can be can be bullied and how men can be bullied as well. Jamaica Kincaid writes, ‘’this is how to bully a man; this is how a man bullies you; this is how to love a man; and if this doesn 't work there are other ways’’ (Kincaid page 1)
In "Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt," the author, Jean Kilbourne, talks about how women are sexualized and mistreated in the public eye by advertisements. She contends that men and women in the media are distorted as sex images and instruments: Women are portrayed as mediocre in contrast with men. For example, she states that the woman is “rewarded for her sexuality by the man’s wealth.” The media has aimed towards promoting either women or men particularly. In one advertisement, she clarifies how a tie organization publicizes ties by having ties laid in a botched up bed — as though showing that this brand of tie will help you get laid.
A specific variety of story that was used can be labeled as a reiteration of a similar idea, where lines in different accounts of survivors that had common aspects were played back to back. This happens in a multitude of places throughout the documentary, including a part during the documentary where multiple incidents of victim blaming were repeated (9:46-12:05) and where many girls repeat how they were raped at fraternities (58:47-1:05:55). In both of these clips, a piece of different girls’ stories were shown back to back. For example, one girl says how she experienced victim blaming by being told that “it was her fault because she was drinking”(9:46-12:05). Then the film cuts to a different survivor where she explains how she experienced victim blaming through “being asked repeatedly how often and how forcefully she said no and if she thought the guy who raped her understood she didn’t want to have sex” (9:46-12:05).
It involves coercion, mental abuse and emotional blackmail, and intense social pressure. In the most extreme cases, it may also involve physical violence, abduction, false imprisonment, rape or sexual abuse, and murder.’ (Hossain & Turner, 2000)
Society’s superficial viewing of women is also reflected in the poem’s wring, as it may seem that this poem is strictly concerned with a prostitute, but in fact it describes all females. The male representative in the poem, Georges, then asserts his superiority, despite their similar conditions of being poor. Although he is sexually attracted to her as he “stiffens for [her] warmth”, suggesting an erection, he is unwilling to accept her as a human being as he deems her question “Why do you do this?”
Hurt by how Roxie had turned on her and had even been watching her have sex with her man in her own home, was the ultimate betrayal to Racine. Assuming jealousy had always been Roxie’s problem this reality had not been lost on Racine. She allowed this talkative bitch to free her damn mind. Roxie spoke to Racine with her arms crossed about her chest. To Racine it appeared that this bitch really thought she had her this time.
Both the article Oppression by Marilyn Frye and the article Feminism is for everybody that includes men by Katherine Fritz both talk about the way women are demoralized by society on what society assumes about the person not what they know about the individual. That just because a woman dresses sexy does not mean she is sexually easy or deserves to be called derogatory names or harassed or worse raped. There should also not be one set of rules for men and another set for women. If a man has multiple sexual partners, he is labeled a stud and if a woman has the same number of sexual partners, she is labeled a whore or slut. Society attaches labels to us since birth, which is where female oppression starts.
We can see from the beginning that Wolfe is much more focused one explaining the emotional side of her experience while “Myths of Male Sexuality” was clearly much more concern with discussing the physical aspects of sex. This right away gives us the impression that perhaps men and women look at sex much differently from the beginning. Wolfe explains that was lacked from her experience was the desire, the feeling of not being able to keep their hands off each other. She continues on page 141, that because she was socially seen as emotional rather then men who are physical, and that because her impulses were not as noticeable she felt pressured as a female to control not only her own impulses but a men’s’ as well.
The mental abuse that women receive is just terrible to know that you might die at any time. Being used for only sex is what the victim feels like the only thing she is useful for. In her mind all the person can do is thinking to themselves that life is horrible and not worth living and start to slip into a state of depression. While in that state of depression the women feel like there is no one to help them, and there are right.
Whether its intoxication, risqué attire or innocent flirting, women are always blamed for men’s inability to keep it in their pants- just as Janine is blamed for being gang-raped. Society has made women fear things they shouldn’t have to fear because of the expectation that men want to have sex. In a male-controlled society penetration becomes the norm. Excuses are made for the perpetrator and the victim is shamed. Sexual assault is perceived as NORMAL- to the extent where public figures defend it.