First is the idea of merit, that bad things happen to bad people (1, 1985). The main example for this is sexual assault of a woman wearing a provocative outfit. This notion is full of oughts. Women ought not to wear provocative outfits, because, as we know from porn, a provocative outfit is a communication to men about openness to sex. The raped woman’s gender performance was wrong, it sent the wrong signals.
She states that sexism comes from how women have been perceived sexually throughout history and that this heavily influences pornography. McClintock sets up this argument by saying “Women’s desire, by contrast, has been crimped and confined to history’s sad museum of corsets, chastity belts, the virginity cult and genital mutilation” (113). She is saying that women were never given the chance to define their sexual wants and sexual desires because they have always been decided for them. Her main argument is based on her belief that men and women have formed the way that women’s sexuality is portrayed, even before the porn industry existed. McClintock disputes that society wrongly accused women of not wanting to participate as sexual beings and therefore that assumption is why pornography is focused on satisfying the needs of men over the needs of
ABSTRACT This paper is an analysis of the feministic aspectof Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Feminism is a crusade, which has some aim and dogmas, where a feminist seeks equal political, economic, cultural, personal and social rights for women. The storyhere provides feminists a rich ground in which one can explore the codes of sexual morality that the townspeople of Columbia reluctantly uphold. The portrayal of female characters in the novel shows their submissive nature and how often they have been exploited and forced to go against their free will just for the sake of false family honour and society.
In the article "Dear Men It's You, Too" by Roxane Gay her main argument is that men are focusing on the critiques they get to justify ignoring the real issue behind why they are being criticized. For instance, "Skeptics are willing to perform all kinds of mental acrobatics to avoid facing the very stark realities of living in this world as a woman"(3). Santagati shares this similar close-minded view of the horrors women face surrounded by rape culture. He is ignorant of the issue of sexual harassment and the consequences women face for attempting to speak up. After finding out about the girl who was killed for confronting her accuser from Seales he is taken aback but not before responding with extreme protection suggestions for
Othello’s naive nature hindered him from seeking the truth of Desdemona and Cassio and finding out Iago had been lying the whole time. Iago may have been the cause of rumors, however Othello’s own doing ultimately caused him to suffer the consequences due to the fact that he did not communicate with his wife. He let a envious person control every aspect of his perception of his wife. He let a piece of fabric be the defining factor of whether or not his wife was faithful to him. It was the breaking factor of life and death which resulted the death of two innocent souls.
Self-aware following Blanche’s dehumanizing ridicule, Stanley self-assuredly maintains his humanity, yet privately. Blanche obstructs Stanley’s capacity to sleep with Stella, consequently arousing his self-doubt. Stanley’s rape of Blanche demonstrates he is possessive in his desire to restore his identity. During her stay with the Kowalskis, Blanche punctures Stanley’s foundation, and he scrambles to restore it. Yet his quivering inner-dialogue demonstrates the futility of his conquest.
In the novel, the main character Offred tells her tale as a handmaid and, how her and the other characters rebel towards the oppressive government. Offred, the only source of information, therefore the reader only knows what she tells them.
In Sabina’s case, the bowler hat is important in terms of her secret desire to be degraded by the men in which she sleeps with. “The lingerie enhanced the charm of her femininity, while the hard masculine hat denied it, violated and ridiculed it. The fact that Tomas stood beside her fully dressed meant that the essence of what they both saw was far from good clean fun ... it was
However as Iago brought in more false evidence through his schemes, Othello’s jealously started to manifest. Othello started to think that Cassio was sleeping with Desdemona. Othello’s believed he was a cuckold and started to lose more reasoning. In the beginning when Iago tried to manipulate Othello to believing Desdemona cheated, Othello would regain his reasoning from looking at her beauty. But now Othello would lose more reasoning and be in rage.
“According to psychologists, withholding is typically motivated by two goals: to punish the other person, or to maintain the upper hand.” In the play withholding sex is a form of punishment to stop the war from going on and to bring their husbands home. This play raises questions about the social position of women. The most important women almost never left the house expect to attend religious functions. Women had no political rights in Ancient Athens.
Misogyny remains a key feature in Mailer’s writings with the Naked and the dead being no exception, portraying women as little more than sexual objects to fulfil male desire, being placed at the bottom of gender structure. It was not uncommon for men to mistrust their wives while they were away fighting and Mailer presents this fear the men maintain through Brown as he explains what his actions would be if he found out his wife had been cheating on him, claiming to beat her and throw he out, viewing women as sexual objects which are disposable and yet it is the fear that the males possess of this occurring which leads them to respond like this, women maintain an unusual sense of power within a largely patriarchal society. Later, in the Chorus
What difference can an individual make against society? According to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the answer is not that much. Set in the Republic of Gilead, the characters all suffer under the totalitarian regime, and the few who actively try to change the system fail in the end. Even though Offred, the protagonist, periodically contemplates the inalienable types of an individual’s power, the actions throughout the novel indicate that such powers are negligible; because of this, The Handmaid’s Tale ultimately suggests that an individual is powerless to their environment. The most significant and potent form of power and thereby control in the strictly regulated state of Gilead is knowledge.
“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body”. When Margaret Sanger spoke these words, she was expressing her belief on a woman’s right to have an abortion. This quote, however, speaks to the fact that women are oppressed on more than just abortions. In the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Atwood portrays the dehumanization of sexuality through both the characters and events within the novel, therefore proving that women will always be considered less than men will. Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1939.
Thesis: Atwood uses the concept of time through flashbacks to compare and contrast between past and present freedoms. Before the fall of Gilead, the women in society were free to do as they pleased; however, currently, they are forced to obey strict rules, and must give in to the commanders demands. Through constant flashbacks, the main character Offred remembers the freedoms granted to her under a democratic government, compared to protection granted under a totalitarian society. Atwood compares these differences to warn how life for common people would exist under a totalitarian government if freedom is given up for safety.