There is a statistic that gets thrown around a lot regarding how much of human communication is intimately tied to body language. When humans talk about gender and sexuality, speech becomes especially embodied, a performance for others to interpret, internalize, or judge. But if this is true, the speech-action dichotomy falters. Pornography, one of the ways humans communicate about gender and sexuality, is both action and speech. Catharine A. Mackinnon’s article Pornography, Civil Rights, and Speech is arguing for access to legal recourse to those who have been harmed by the pornography industry.
Originally, she only accounts for the binary and traditional sex which is between a man and a woman. But she realizes this isn't good enough. She not only wants her definition to include all couples, but she also wants to show how sex changes people and the relationship they are in. It isn't something to be taken lightly, and always alters the relationship no matter what, either bringing people closer together, or pushing them apart. Lastly the final part she wants to
The transgressive depictions of the two female protagonists as willing prostitutes is especially noteworthy, seeing as they challenge socially-established moral codes that place great value on female chastity. Moreover, the two female protagonists’ control over their sexuality seems to grant them a unique form of ‘power’ in relationships with men who are sexually attracted to them. It is hence obvious that there is a direct relationship between female sexuality and power that is portrayed in the two
In the bibliography “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai, importance of girl’s education back east is addressed. Malala explains to the reader the horrors and barriers she faced while trying to justify the importance of girls’ education. She uses influential ethos, a tenacious tone, and vigorous pathos to get the reader to perceive that a girl’s education is just as imperative as a boy’s education. Malala wants the reader to know how it is being a girl fighting for girl’s education. With the use of these three rhetorical strategies, she can get the reader to comprehend that every girl has the right to an education.
The repetition of the word ‘lust’, combined with the sexual associations of Desdemona’s bed, reflects and draws attention to Othello’s preoccupation with sensual matters. Othello even refers to his precious wife as ‘whore’ (III.iii.356), a ‘subtle whore’ (III.ii.20) and a ‘cunning whore’ (IV.ii.88), in a way to appreciate him. Shakespeare actually has indirectly revealed Othello’s fear of Desdemona’s sexuality. Even though Othello seems to be very confident in him and his control over Desdemona, he is actually tentative and afraid that Desdemona will cheat on him, proving his
This can be a demeaning statement because it gives the authority to the male, letting them speak however and about whomever rather than the female. By this statement Frieda is giving the acceptance that men can be allowed to degrade women and make sexual comments because of their gender when in actuality that is wrong. If the statements continue it could potentially get out of hand leading an alpha domince of who can get the most women, in which can lead to harassment or even as far as rape for example. The behavior of the employees should not be seen as a shrug of the should, but acted on so further harassment can be prevented. The statement of Frieda is sexist and degrading on women because the remarks gives more the privileges to the one gender in which being male rather than the other.
(Arrington, p. 610) Considering that, it can be concluded that although an ad might incentivize us to buy a product for the first time, the reason we continue to buy them is an autonomous decision. Moreover, Arrington argues that in most cases, advertisements do not invoke a completely diverse desire, but instead, they appeal to independent desires we already have. (Arrington, 613) So, an ad that maintains that whoever consume such product will turn irresistible to the opposite sex, is only appealing to the consumer’s already existing desire for sex. Arrington ultimately concludes that by playing only with our pre-existing desires, advertisements do not, in fact, “brainwash” us as some would
In 1851, at a women’s rights meeting in Akron, Ohio, Sojourner Truth delivers a speech that drastically shifts and refocuses the ideas behind the right’s movement. The speech, delivered spontaneously, changed the course of the meeting and brought much-needed attention to the discrepancies in white male supremacy. Every detail in Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” speech challenges the very notion of womanhood in the 19th century. In fact, the speech still remains popular today because of the key aspects that lend it its rememberability and timelessness. Her documented use of the repetitive phrase “ain’t I a Woman?”, her ability to call out the hypocrisy of her audience without hostility, her witty mention of the Bible, and the casual and condescending
Fatima Mernissi was born into Middle- Class family is Fes, Morocco of 1940. She earned her doctorate in 1957 studying political science at Sorbonne and at Brandeis University. Afterwards she returned to work at the Mohammed V University where she then had taught at the Faculte’ des letteres between the years 1974 and 1981 mainly on subjects such as methodology, family sociology as well as psych sociology. She earned her title as a well-known Islamic feminist that was greatly concerned with Islam and women’s role in it. Fatima Mernissi had conducted thorough investigation of the nature of the succession of Mohammed in order to verify what was written in the hadith.
Born in 1810 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Margaret Fuller could easily be considered as one of the greatest American authors today. Her work supported greatly the authentic American literature she constantly tried to help people understand and construct. Along with numerous essays including her feminist essay Women in the 19th Century in 1845 which tremendously helped in the depiction of women in her society at that time, Fuller wrote a short essay entitled “American Literature; Its Position in the Present Time, and Prospects for the Future” in 1846. This essay mainly revolves around Fuller’s point of view on American literature and whether it really does exist and how it impacts the country as a whole. The essay could simply be seen as a