In its society, there is the assumption that the male gender is superior, therefore holds more influence over others and gather more power. It is also assumed that females have slight power over men to manipulate them into doing things or believing things by using their femininity and innocence. These powers are displayed quite evidently in The Crucible which is set in a patriarchal society. In The Crucible, women were nothing without a husband or a father, no rights to own property, no rights to have a job and make a living, no rights. Yet when Abigail Williams convinced her friends to lie and falsely accuse others of being witches, the male judges had no qualms about believing them.
One character, Sophia Auld, Captain Auld 's wife, before becoming a slaveholder’s wife,has a kind and understanding moral character. However, seeing “the white man 's power to enslave the black man,” she became a cruel slave owner”(Douglass 40). (insert commentary)“The fatal poison of the irresponsible power was already in her hands, and soon commenced its infernal work”(Douglass 39). Another example is Thomas Auld. He became corrupt and inhumane after inheriting slaves through marriage.
In a society that promotes promiscuity under the idea that “everyone belongs to everyone else”, the men are hypocritically taught to refer to their intercourses with women not as a mutual and intimate relationship, but as “having” a certain girl as if she is an possession or food (Huxley 49). This verb not only suggests power dynamic in which men own women but also equates women to object that serves to satisfy men’s sexual desire just as food satisfies people’s hunger. Furthermore, men are encouraged to treat women not as sexual partners but as dehumanized and senseless meat. Alpha males like Henry Foster often talks about Lenina in a manner that is “degrading her to so much a mutton” and is often surrounded by the idea that “she doesn’t mind being meat” (Huxley 51, 92). Thinking about women like lesser-than-human muttons and enforcing the idea that women brought this dehumanization upon themselves alleviate men’s guilt of disregarding the human consciousness, desires, and will as they use women to fulfill sexual desires.
The women in this community are more concerned with keeping themselves and their children alive, than they are with their marriage. These women would rather spend time with their children than being in a relationship with a man that knows he is a failure and brings negative energy to the family. One of the priests that Kozol spoke to told him that, of course the family structure would break in a place like the south Bronx, where everything breaks from pipes to hearts, so it only makes sense that the family would break too. Moral conservatives would never want to add family’s to this community for the chance of it being
It was thought to be improper to see a woman give birth. “Childbirth was one area of life that was distinctly female; men...generally excluded from the birthing chamber” (Married Life). Although this allows for many sexist ideas to be shared, it also allows for the beautiful relationships between women to be created. Women had to stick together in a world run by men. They became a strong, quiet network of friends and families that wove their way through hard times and
During the Elizabethan era, England was an extremely hierarchical society, demanding that absolute deference be paid and respect be shown not only to the wealthy and powerful but also to parents and the elderly. In this hierarchical society would often breed greed, power among the family, people, nobles, rulers as they were all wanted to be above each other, to be more powerful than before, creating a world full of chaos and punishment among the people, disturbing the natural order. King Lear demonstrates how power could lead to the vulnerability to the parents and noblemen are to the depredations of unscrupulous children and thus how fragile the fabric of Elizabethan society actually
This patriarchy “affected the conditions of the lives and actions [of women]” (Young, 2009, 56). Despite gender norms and the structure of society in the Victorian era, by “mid-nineteenth century, it was apparent that women – or at least some of them- were growing dissatisfied with traditional roles” (Smith-Rosenberg, 1973, 339). With the opening of state “insane” asylums, and in the midst of social change, the structure of society (in which men dominated) made women vulnerable to being labeled mentally
The commonality between most all cases is that the men were in positions of power. Similar to how “early constructions of African and black women’s bodies and sexuality played a central role in rationalizing…and [giving] license to sexual violence against enslaved women,” the strict enforcement of a lack of sexuality in white women gave men power over white women as well as a justification for any violent acts committed upon women they considered their property. Evidence has been provided of white men beating their wives, attempting to kill their wives, and of raping their wives or her friends (WA 154). It is because the crimes are committed by husbands that white women can relate to women of color. Males have been superior to women for most all of time, and spousal abuse would have been less likely to get reported and then prosecuted, much like any sexual crime toward women of
This has all created a gender stereotype. The media are a forceful source of gender stereotyping. In adverts women are portrayed as the unintelligent consumer, socially conscious of her purchases, dependant on men and sex objects whereas men are perceived as a figure of authority, handy men and intelligent decision makers. Advertisements try to persuade the public into believing this is how women and men are, want to be or should be.
Would they believe her or would they think it’s a desperate cry for attention? Accepting what has happened is more difficult than just pretending like it never happened. Her environment at home was also not as accepting as most. Melinda felt there was no point in telling her parents because she felt they wouldn 't trust her word. The lack of friends affected Melinda greatly throughout the book too.
Endurance is cruel, necessary due to preconceived notions of another person’s self worth, and lack of compassion. In Khaled Hosseini’s book “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, Hosseini highlights a greater understanding of what it takes for women in oppressive countries to endure their entire life hardship and isolation. In the case of Mariam and Laila, at very young ages, struggle to find their path in society, only to have their fate foretold for them with many deaths and family members lost along this not-so-glamorous journey. By the time their paths’ cross they experience true hardship, and life-changing migrations. It is this endurance that eventually creates a strong bond of friendship between Mariam and Laila.
Because you 're doing it out of fear” (Dessen, 265). Remy’ mother who has had multiple relationships tells Remy that giving up on people and keeping boys away to prevent getting played doesn’t make her strong. It makes girls weak because they are scared and don’t want to take chances on people. Remy is told that her fear is letting go and giving into love. Remy comes to realizes that love is a need for
‘The party’ restricts sexual behavior as it competes with complete loyalty to the ‘state’. This is evident when Winston and Julia make love, thinking of it as ‘a blow struck against the party’ Winston also realizes it is the ‘force that would tear the party to pieces’. The party recognized the power of sex as not just an act of reproduction and is evident through Winston’s encounter. Through eliminating the act, the party is able to maintain control over the population. The party is then able to channel the population’s sexual frustrations and substitutes it with patriotism towards the party.