Housewife In her article "Motherhood/Paradise Lost (Domestic Division)", Terry Martin Hekker, a housewife who had been married to John Hekker, her husband, discusses the drawbacks of housewife as an occupation for women by sharing with the public her experience as a housewife in two different situations and centuries. The article aims to inform other women that depending on housewife as an occupation is really bad for their future. Hekker’s article is a good advice for today’s mothers as it is based on real experience. Hekker explains in her article that housewife is a good occupation, but there must be alternative jobs as it is not a permanent occupation.
She says that in previous years women had the option to wear what they want, say what they want, and do whatever their heart desires. Having this endless array of options would lead to issues women are seen as unequipped to deal with such as being sexualized due to their lack of clothes or even being emotionally attacked in the workforce. Ironic, isn’t it? To look more towards present day occurrences, Judy Brady’s I Want a Wife depicts everyday hindrances women are met with.
1.2 Plath’s use of symbols & motifs to depict the theme of social conventions The idea of social convention, ‘the way in which something is usually done in mass similarity’, is one of the most prominent ways in which Plath depicts female entrapment within her novel. The entire novel revolves around a woman 's battle with herself and the life she wishes for herself. The social convention aspect is all in all a synonym for what society expects of us. What society expects of an individual.
Spartan women were raised and lived in an environment where Men were treated equally on the battlefield. Women worked hard alongside the men to prove they were just as hardworking and dedicated to Spartan society. Spartan Women would disown their children if they were cowards in battle, Plutarch was quoted talking about Damatria, a Spartan mother who had found out about her son’s cowardly actions and decided to deal with that herself “Damatria heard that her son had been a coward and unworthy of her, and when he arrived, she made away with him” (Plut. Lacae. 5.1). Plutarch Speaks about this moment in his literary work of “On Sparta” which discusses the life and customs of Spartans.
Women are judged on their looks constantly and that is the only thing that matters about them. Although women in The Odyssey do many different things, beauty is is the one thing they are judged on the most whether it be by their husbands or a bunch of suitors who live in their home and eat their food. Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, is a good example of this. As she sits at home and waits for her husband to return after twenty years, she is harassed by suitors in her home. Athena “Queen of Tactics” believed that to get the suitors’ attentions, it would be best to make Penelope seem to be more desireable(Bk 16, 314).
Out of all the stories we have read so far, the two stories that immediately come to mind are, Antigone and Medea. Although both of these stories show how woman were treated during this time, both woman go against the status quo and think, and act for themselves. In Medea, she gives a speech that emphasizes the way woman were supposed to act, “If a woman leaves her husband, then she loses her virtuous reputation. To refuse him is just not possible. When a girl leaves home and comes to live new ways, different rules, she has to be a prophet, learn somehow the art of dealing smoothly with her bedmate”( ).
Her mother is jealous of her daughter, and because of that their relationship is weak. This is shown by the author’s choice of tone and usage of rhetorical phrases emphasizing on the point that their relationship is not family like. Moving on throughout the story the mother daughter relationship continually weakens. Connie’s mother compares Connie and June by commenting “Why don’t you keep your room clean like your sister” and then compares the beauty products both sisters use, specifically hair spray, and tells Connie “You don’t see your sister using that junk”(1), The author’s usage of a comparison of beauty products both sisters use shows how she favors June instead of Connie. Most commonly the mother daughter relationship in a family should be the strongest but opposite to this is the relationship is Connie and her mother, They are very distant from each other and it even goes to a point where Connie “wished her mother was dead”(1).
In the 19th and into the 20th-century women had specific duties. Wives were to clean the house, cook eat meal, and take care of the children. Few women were well-educated with their own property; unmarried of course. They wanted more opportunity and excitement.
In author Jane Austen 's 1813 romance novel Pride and Prejudice, social class stereotypes play a very key part when affecting the rolls of the Bennet sisters. Very clear distinctions between people who are grouped into classes are shown throughout the novel by characters of different classes stereotyping against others. This causes problems for many of the main characters who often fails to meet the social standards of others and stereotypes others themselves When it comes to social stereotypes Elizabeth Bennet, the second oldest Bennet sister, is no stranger. Throughout the novel her mother is often reminding her how to properly dress and correcting her on her manners.
Women during this decade were to look uniquely beautiful , but dress like every other women in America, they had to look attractive and suitable for outgoing errands. “... practical but attractive housedress, not only for household chores but suitable for quick errands or the school run.” (1950 to 1960). The Cold War brought women into where they had to play the role as the uprising wife who would take care of all the cleaning. “Women’s focus was on rearing children and keeping house as they had largely left the war years’ workplace.”
Kitty, the female protagonist, is a beautiful wife showered with expensive materials and a luxurious house named Baldry Court. She is completely dependent upon her husband Chris for her lifestyle and respect from society that she gains with a presentable husband. Ultimately, Kitty is the symbol of a woman imprisoned in her social class. She only knows what gender roles of society have embedded in her mind that a woman is a badge of her husband’s duty to the war as a soldier. At one point Jenny says “nothing could ever really become a part of our (Kitty and Jenny) life until it had been referred to Chris’s attention”(West 14).
The novel Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta and the magazine article, The Good Wife’s Guide, originally published in ‘Housekeeping Monthly’ in 1955, explore the gender roles of the stereotypical 1950’s housewife and how they should behave. These texts also investigate the idea that women are treated differently from men and some impacts that growing up in a sexist and single minded society can have on the youth of the community. Gender stereotyping someone is to discriminate them because of their gender, making the assumption that they obtain a certain characteristic or trait because of their gender. The Goods House Wife’s Guide is an eighteen point list that depicts how a wife in 1955 should act and all of the things she needs to