Prior to Empress Wu’s thrust to power, women were subordinate to men. They were expected to listen to the men in their lives which included their father, their husband and then their son. The women were living in a male dominated society that they did not have the ability to change their status, or be above men in any way. However, that changed following the rule of Empress Wu she showed people then that women were capable of much more than what they were expected of prior to her rule. Although many men were angered by her rule because they worried their power and control would diminish.
Betty and Sayyad behave differently depending on where they are. Sayyad was a good husband and did not emphasis on ill treating his wife. They had a causal relationship like most American couple. Once they were in Iran the situation changed and Betty could not adapt to the rules of a Muslim household which was the cause of all the problems. The American way of life was not accepted by her husband relatives, and since the man is the head of the family Sayyad had to control and teach his wife.
Immersing oneself in a new community can come with difficulties such as language barriers and balancing two different identities. Firoozeh may have decided to add a “simpler” name, but had to deal with the emotional turmoil that came with people not knowing her actual Iranian heritage. Firoozeh also had to help her mother adapt to American culture by translating because her mother could not speak English. Firoozeh’s father had to adapt to the language barriers because his version of English was incomprehensible to the average American. Every single member of Firoozeh’s family had to adapt to American culture by giving up parts of their original identity because they had to make a place for themselves in their newfound
Ethan Frome is a man, so his issues are not the same as Edna’s, but they were caused by the very same social structure, a structure in which divorce was unimaginable; because a woman would not be able to support herself on her own, they needed men in their lives for financial support. In Society during that time period, your choices would affect the whole course of your life, Edna, Ethan and Mattie are very extreme examples of what could happen to people who rebel against societal
Rachel Elizabeth Harding, daughter of Rosemarie Freeney Harding, is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Spiritual Traditions in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Colorado. Rachel found her mother’s journals and other writings as well as many hours of taped conversations. She has merged her own words and her mother’s into a unified story with a unique voice. This book is the journey of a generation fighting against discrimination and using spirit as their medicine for healing and transformation. The book begins with stories of Rosemarie Freeney’s ancestors from southern Georgia.
Once America gained its independence, the freedom was not so ubiquitous, or spread out. For example, when the revolution was sparking excitement in the American people, women wanted to test the idea that only men could participate in politics (Women Seek a Public Voice). According to Eliza Wilkinson, "most women did not insist on civic equality with men; many sought only an end to restrictive customs and laws," like owning property. However, many men disregarded the women 's plea, and let it not faze them as they continued with their patriarchal traditions they have grown accustomed to before and after the war. The women of America still lived in the shadows of the white men who relished in full citizenship.
Jane Austen lived in a period at the turn from the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century, which was a period of mixed thoughts, which conflicted all the times. Among all the conflicts, the most important one was the disparity in social status between men and women. Not only men’s status was in the center of the society but also common people thought it was right that men were much more important than women were. In those days girls were neither allowed nor expected to study much because they did not have to work for a living. They were supposed to stay at home and look beautiful in order to get suitable husbands.
At times, while I read this book, I found myself angry with men because of their brutal and thoughtfulness of women. Pomeroy plays on the heartstrings of women by not including the kind stories that men did for women during these times, although there were probably few. I would recommend this to others who want to know more about the treatment of women and the roles that they played in history. It is hard for me to believe all that was stated in the book was factual because of the fact women did not write during the time and the written scripts could have been written from a male perspective. As well as that there were not lots of information left behind, and paintings can be hard to
Both women pretend, for some time, to be male pirates. The reading does not mention the women having many difficulties living as men. This makes me wonder how the social norms of women and men became so different. If women could do the same tasks as men then why were they treated differently? I also wonder how many other women pretended to be men and for what reasons.
Another different aspect is the sexual characteristics roles in Iran; in Marjane Satrapi’s standpoint the audience perceives the transition mainly on women as it takes the reader into her outlook. The audience is presented with a black and white illustration which indicates sorrow or unhappiness. The main character is introduced to a political transformation as her female classmates are required to wear a veil which segregates the children by gender. The veil or hijab symbolizes the community and political variations that reformed the protagonist’s forthcoming. The student writer comprehends major vagaries to females however,