She goes further to define society’s definition of being masculine and feminine; masculine means intelligent and strong while feminine was equated with delicacy. Women are beautiful, thus they are physically weak compared to men; for Wollstonecraft the only thing needed is moral goodness and not physical strength. Gendered behavior is affected by what education and experience one gets, and not with what is inherent to them. Yes, women are sensitive, they cry easily on anything that hurts them, but even men cry seldomly. Maybe it is culture that compels or teaches men to not be like women, preventing them from being
She provides details and logic that back up her statements. She gives relatable examples and alarming possible outcomes. One of Wollstonecraft’s point is that, women are dependent on men because of the way society views marriage. Women from before based their survival on the approval on men, instead of furthering on their educational needs (Poonacha 427). Wollstonecraft, in order to convince her readers for change, gather up what women lack and blames it all back to their lack of education, thus proving her point more.
Antigone’s efforts to execute her will on Creon and his men resulted in her being viewed as weak. Creon asks Haimon, “Is a woman stronger than we?”(Sophocles 218). His question clearly implies the sexist and patriarchal values and beliefs ingrained in him just like plenty of men at that time, which is that women are subservient to men and that’s the way it should be. Creon goes on to call Haimon an “adolescent fool!”(Sophocles 221), all because he defended Antigone’s actions. Ironically, Haimon admits to finding Creon’s wisdom more valuable than his marriage; even the nicest of men have their biased perceptions of superiority.
In "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" Mary Wollstonecraft, argues how women of her time are constrained in their rights of what they are and are not allowed to do. She believes that women should be treated the same as men, except for taking care of the children and motherhood. Furthermore, she wants women to be able to participate in politics and financially be able to take care of themselves and this would create a more loving and understanding mother, wife, and overall person (626-628). This claim during her time is extremely radical, but today it would be a normal claim. She proposes that women have put themselves in this situation themselves and to prevent this from happening women need to sustain themselves and not allow men to make all the decisions and do all the work.
The fact that she was a female and went against a man’s power makes it seem worse than it actually has to be, all she did was pay her respect to her brother because no one would. Him putting Antigone to death because she went against his power clearly shows his feminism towards women. This also shows that all males had full power over society, economy, and women, which isn’t fair. Antigone displays her feminist qualities when she goes against the most powerful male, the king Creon. Her going against him shows her disrespect for Creon, her doing this and speaking like a male figure shows her push for equality between the sexes.
Men’s decisions overpowered those of women, certain roles in society were to only to be fulfilled by men, and finally women were considered as prizes to be won. Given these points, men over power women in a hierarchy of the sexes and it shows that women were subservient to men. In act 1 of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Hermia daughter of Egeus is forced into marriage with the man she does not love. She is obligated to marry Demetrius, the man her father wishes her to wed, and not Lysander the man she actually loves. She should marry Demetrius because that is what her father requires her to do “[a]s [Hermia] is mine, I may dispose of her” (1.1.40) being the daughter she needs to obey his wishes and ignore her own.
She wants a future where women can marry who they want and not be ruled over by men. Marie De France is scornful at the fact that the queen must be disloyal to her husband as she is not truly in love with him. I believe that Marie De France wrote her lais in a hope that one day her audience will understand and start to accept women into being in more influential roles; she wishes that she can influence women to want to become powerful and have more of a say in their future and who they will marry. Her lais seem to want a change to come by mocking how social order is in her time, pushing forward the idea of finding true love, and forcing the idea of giving women their own mind and love whoever they
When it comes to her love life though, Shazzer cannot completely follow her radical feminist belief and act as though having to wait for a call from a potential love interest had no effect on her. She clearly despises men’s superior role to women in society and tries to tackle this problem by stating her opinion and acting on her beliefs (being a solid believer in sisterhood and putting it over her relationships with men). Shazzer’s character in the novel does not completely fulfill the role of a feminist cliché but she definitely has some characteristics that match up with stereotypical definitions of radical feminists. These character features might prove to be problematic for the novel’s recipients as it is not an obvious ironic presentation of the media’s image of feminist activists and could be understood as criticism on feminism: Readers who believe these feminist images could feel vindicated in their
This part of the novella there are different studies that show that show the gender hierarchy that takes place. Naomi Morgenstern states, “Miss Amelia is defeated (this is the story of sexual difference as sexual hierarchy), yet it is an unjust defeat: if it had been a fair fight, she would have emerged victorious.” Through this quote Naomi Morgenstern took a different approach, but through her approach we can see why McCullers wants to defy the society’s standards. It is clear without any interference Miss Amelia would have dominant over Marvin Macy; therefore, it is important for Cousin Lymon to interfere. These descriptions invoke a clear image of who Miss Amelia is, but they also show that women are not all the same and may not conform to society’s
Alison is the epitome of shallowness. She notes that the success of her marriage depends entirely on her ability to manipulate them for money: “Lies, tears, and spinning are the things God gives/By nature to women….I never would abide/In bed with them if hands began to slide/Till they had promised ransom” (Chaucer 269). Alison serves as an archetype of the gold digger, since she withholds sex until she is paid. This action also fulfills the misogynist’s notion that women act for selfish reasons. Throughout the novel, the women are depicted primarily as semi-feminists.