In my opinion, it is not the transgender who is terrible and it has nothing to do with them that cause society to act impolite. Well, hate and disrespect for each other is a human trait. To many people, gender roles are a fundamental part of their worldview, of how the world is and should be. To such people, the idea that these roles are changeable rather than set in stone, that a person can switch these roles, feels like an existential threat. The logical is something like ‘’if men can become women, then nothing is certain”.
Baby, don’t nothing happen for you in this world ’less you pay somebody off!” (Act 1, Scene 1). Through the quote, it suggests that women should be ignorant about the world, and calling “baby” instead of her name shows the inferiority of the women to men. In addition, Walter is expected to be the head of the family; Mama says, “It ain’t much, but it’s all I got in the world and I’m putting it in your hands. I’m telling you to be the head of this family from now on like you supposed to be” (Act 2, Scene 2). Although Walter does not deserve the power, the manhood of Walter Lee enables him to “control” the family.
Outside of the brothers’ own discomfort surrounding the idea of sex and pregnancy, these cultural beliefs could have played a large role in the edition differences (Tartar, 1987, p. 8). Gender norms of that era were harsh, strictly dictating a woman’s behavior and appearance. There was a high value on domestic duties and elevated moral grounds (Hughes, n.d.). Concerning marriage, a woman should not seek out a husband, as that would show a sexual appetite, which society heavily stigmatized within that era. Women held the expectation to only desire a marriage due to motherhood, without any urge for sexual or emotional gratification (Hughes, n.d.).
A wise woman once said, "The more a daughter knows about her mother 's life, the stronger the daughter" (http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/mother-and-daughter-quotes/). As any girl raised by their mother can attest, the relationship between a mother and her daughter is a learning experience. As young girls, you look up to you mother as your greatest role model and follow in their steps closely. In Jamaica Kincaid 's short story "Girl", a mother uses one single sentence in order to give her daughter motherly advice. Her advice is intended to help her daughter, but also to scold her at the same time.
Mary Wollstonecraft does not agree with the statement that women don not have enough mentally strength to become morally good by themselves. She says that: “To account for, and excuse the tyranny of man, many ingenious arguments have been brought forward to prove, that the two sexes, in the acquirement of virtue, ought to aim at attaining a very different character: or, to speak explicitly, women are not allowed to have sufficient strength of mind to acquire what really deserves the name of virtue. Yet it should seem, allowing them to have souls, that there is but one way appointed by Providence to lead mankind to either virtue or happiness.” Mary Wollstonecraft believes that if women have souls they supposed to have rational power as men. “Thus Milton describes our first frail mother; though when he tells us that women are formed for softness and sweet attractive grace, I cannot comprehend his meaning, unless, in the true Mahometan strain, he meant to deprive us of souls, and insinuate that we were beings only designed by sweet attractive grace, and docile blind obedience, to gratify the senses of man when he can no longer soar on the wing of contemplation.” Then she added that the women should be kept as children and taught nothing but skill for pleasing the husbands. She agrees that children should be kept innocent.
“Beauty is not defined by your physical features, it is defined by the heart inside your chest and the love that flows through it.”- Imania Margia. This meaningful quote written by Imania Margia explains the true significance and message shown through both the short story “Barbie” written by Gary Soto and “Pretty Hurts” sang by Beyonce. The short story “Barbie” written by Gary Soto presents a young girl named Veronica who learned from a young age, that in order to be pretty, you must fit standards and stereotypes- Barbie stereotypes. However, when she gets a new Barbie the following Christmas and ends up destroying it, she learns to accept both Barbie dolls. In “Pretty Hurts” sang by Beyonce, the speaker was taught from a young age to care about appearances.
In Boys and Girls, the narrator realized the excessive expectations set upon her which eventually accepts them. Emma Watson disregarded the stereotypical roles and stood against gender inequality for men and women. One has the ability to determine whether or not to comply with society or to oppose. This is noticed when stereotypical roles were set for male and female, their search for individuality and their desired privileges. Both men and women should be able to live freely without anyone besmirching
She is humble and caring to all around even her evil stepfamily. When her father asks his daughter what they want him to bring back from the fair she responds with,“... the first twig that brushes against your hat on your way home ”(Grimm). Likewise, the two other step-sisters asked for “Beautiful dresses” and “Pearls and jewels” the stepsister are onto material beauty compared to Cinderella who has a beautiful soul. Cinderella is self-aware of who she is but does not have the conscious to see how her family is. Her stepmother always tells her how dirty she is and Cinderella ends up believing that.
In a “Doll House” Nora’s husband was not her prince and knight in shining amour, but for Mathilda she had her knight and shinning amour all along. When young girls imagine about a doll house they imagine the perfect doll, Barbie and Ken, with the prettiness outfits and accessories to match as well as the perfect family. Nora is a pretty woman, but expressionless and quite unintelligent. Nora has a husband who treats her like a helpless child and is more worried about his place in society. As compared to the fairy tale Cinderella her husband could be the evil step mother who belittles Cinderella.
In both scenarios, both fictitious and not, women are seen to be weak and must remain silent in order to survive. The empowered know and abuse this cyclical system. By utilizing harmful gender stereotypes, men can oppress women from places of power by enforcing stereotypes to be societal norms; this puts pressure on women to conform because they do not want to be seen as an outcast and be isolated from society, forcing them to fulfill the oppressive roles assigned to them by a patriarchy. Margaret Atwood constructed a society that demonstrated how men in power were utilizing gender roles for their own personal gain. For instance, the Republic of Gilead was a society that focused on the stereotypes of women being obedient