However, as the plot progresses, these female and male roles switch. Female characters take on a more masculine front, while male characters seem to display more feminine characteristics. This is a highly unusual portrayal of characters, especially during Shakespeare’s time. His attitude towards social standards are one of scorn. Therefore, Shakespeare’s twist on gender roles exhibits his disdain towards the traditional, stereotypical standards of society through the characterization of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the Three Witches and their influence on the Macbeths, and the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
For instance it is considered a man’s responsibility to ask a woman out and be the forerunner when it comes to being romantic. In such a scenario it is the man who has to deal with rejection and embarrassment. But of course that is just a part of being this gentleman society expects you to be. However we do feel the same emotions as women and this expectation just heaps on the pressure. Another aspect of being a gentleman is being kind, well-mannered and chivalrous to say the least.
Even though it is a considered a satirical look at women, “Epistle 2. To a Lady” uses satire to acknowledge his compassion for the current day issues of women. He contrasts men and women in this poem, “In men, we various ruling passions find; In women, two almost divide the kind;” making fun of the current roles men and women play. He writes of women’s desire to have what men have yet he contradicts his writing, “Experience, this; by man’s oppression cursed, they seek the second not to lose the first…… Yet mark the fate of a whole sex of queens!
Women’s submissiveness, silence and the power to rule her are all social performance to stay and bind oneself in that wall of society whereas for men, their skill and power is recognised from their knowledge; men as authoritative and dominant is a socially acceptable phenomenon as they are meant to be universally more powerful and this is how a society functions. Sexual objectification of women is a social condition as women are meant to be subordinate and submissive to men as to be guarded by the social process. MacKinnon mentions in her book “Objectivity is the methodological stance of which objectification is the social process. Sexual objectification is the primary process of the subjection of women. It unites act with word, construction with expression, perception with enforcement, myth with reality.
Females and males are supposed to behave in certain ways. There are things that are socially acceptable for men but not for women. This is one of the factors that differs a male from a female. Both genders aren’t supposed to communicate and behave in the same way. Feminism should be more about allowing women to apply for the same jobs as men, equal pay for both men and women, the right to vote, etc.
William Shakespeare disseminates various ideas of gender normalities of the Renaissance Era through his play, Taming of the Shrew. Throughout the play, Shakespeare provides archetypes of men and women that reveal the stereotypes of this time period. Furthermore, Shakespeare also displays the relationships between men and women that are expected of this time period. This era meant that women were submissive to men, and men were certainly the dominant gender. Shakespeare identifies in his play that if individuals are to waver from these gender expectations, they would be defying social norms and reaping the consequences of their defiant actions.
Some believe to be kind and have a big heart is to be human, others believe to be ambitious and to strive for what you want is to be human. Then, there are those who believe to be human is to be both ambitious and kind. Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff were the complete opposite of each other, one followed the first belief (Lady Macduff), and the other was categorized into the belief (Lady Macbeth). This means, the humanity of the two characters was interpreted differently, one was humane, the other was barely considered human. Yet, both women defended and fought their desires and beliefs when the odds were against them.
He argues that men are afraid of being seen as not manly enough. Men are always in competition against each other, and take risks only to assert their masculinity over others. Kimmel has said that men prove one another by wealth, power, and looks. It is also known that woman are known as a supporter of every man.
Their feelings for one another change rapidly from passionate love to extreme loathing. Catullus often portrays himself as the faithful, love-sick victim and Lesbia as the unfaithful, villainous woman of ill repute. Catullus uses the phrase ‘odi et amo’ which means ‘I hate and I love’ in poem 85 which perfectly describes his relationship with Lesbia. With these words Catullus conveys the inner turmoil and distress that love inflicts upon him. Catullus hoped that love would make him feel happy and whole but through his tumultuous relationship with Lesbia, he discovers that being in love has only made him insecure and obsessive as well as cause him great pain and suffering.
The theoretical framework of this article has been derived from the work of Raewyn Connell's work on masculinities. In her words: “To speak of masculinities is to speak about gender relations. […] They can be defined as the patterns of practice by which people (both men and women, though predominantly men) engage that position.”
Marlina (2015) discussed about patterning the quests of the heroes in question using Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. The author tries to demonstrate that the chosen female heroes for this research: Psyche, Artemis and Katniss, qualify as male heroes. According to traditional beliefs, differences between male and female behavior are genetically or biologically determined. However, recent research has discovered that these differences are actually based on the gender concept or socially constructed. Miller (2012) mentioned that gender is ‘the changeable roles, activities, behaviors, and personality features that a society views’ and is an ideal standard for men and women.
In the article, “Sex, Lies and Conversation,” Tannen illustrates male and female have different characteristics and traits in their communication starting at a young age. These characteristics and traits provoke them to view the purpose of communication and behave differently. For example, women regard communication as a fundamental factor to create and foster a relationship. While men view communication as a way to dominate in relationships. Women need more intimate in a conversation compared with men.
Discuss the issues associated with non-traditional gender roles and identity. Research into men taking up non-traditional gender roles is predominately based on the challenges associated with masculinity (McDowell, 2015). Nursing is inherently a female based profession, deemed appropriate by society for individuals with feminie characteristics. This consequently has potentially devastating effects on males in this profession by making them as though their masculine identity is frequently under threat (Rajacich, Kane, Williston, & Cameron, 2013). Rajacich and colleagues (2013) sate that male nurses are subjected to stereotypical masculine strategies to display their masculinity.
Why? Men can cry and it shows how sad they really are. But if a woman cry 's she is being a 'typical woman ' or a crybaby. Why are women ridiculed for their emotions and men are allowed to act however they want? Why do women have to be loving and comforting as their men act out and be aggressive, but be put down as they act out?
Since the beginning of time, both men and women grown up and evolved together throughout history. However, as times continues, their perceptions of gender and attitudes grew larger as in different time periods. For example, in the beginning of birth, the roles of women and men has been predetermined by the society that surrounds them, whereas males play a dominant role in competitions with other males for supremacy while females take a passive role, allowing males to take charge. However, in many occasions, men showed their masculinity and manipulate how the females should act in public and personal space. In particular, Fatema Mernissi’s “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” demonstrates how males manipulate the coexist of females in public