“In our society women stand for the side of life that seems to be outside history—for personal relationships, love and sex – so that these aspects of life actually seem to become women’s areas.” (Williamson 101). As the writer uses this quote from Williamson she states that the content of magazines like Cosmo are unnecessary, and downright humiliating for women. The writer also argues that the magazine should include concepts such as politics, economics or global issues. Now this argument she makes, is a reason for me to drift away from her thoughts and oppose her idea. In my opinion the author weakens her argument by stating such a thing.
Brave New World serves to affirm traditional views of women by going to opposite extremes of his time, yet still making women seem inferior. Frankenstein in a way affirms traditional views of women by keeping female characters hidden in the novel. However, this does challenge traditional views because usually if there 's no female roles, there isn 't enough presence to be feminine. Nevertheless, Brave New World and Frankenstein, used the limiting role of women challenges the traditional views of them in the novel 's publishing period of time by mocking the absence of women 's roles and indepence in everyday life. Even though Shelley and Huxley were two completely different genders, they were still huge criticizers of the society that surrounded them.
Virginia Woolf’s story “Shakespeare’s Sister” and the essay “Girls Against Boys” by Katha Pollitt are two texts that talk about feminism. “Shakespeare's sister” talks about how it would have been different if shakespeare had a sister. If shakespeare had a sister she wouldn't of had the same choices like him because she was a women. Pollitt's essay talks about how women are seen differently from men especially in universities. The argument for both text is gender discrimination and feminism because they both believe that women are not equal to men just because they are women.
This is a rather interesting action because the author is a female. Typically, males authors will write from the point of view of a male and females will write from female point of views (Hughes). Shelley writes from not one, but two male point of views, which would be Victor Frankenstein and the monster (Shelley 34). In the nineteenth century, males and females remained in “separate spheres”, meaning one genders’ personal ideologies and duties would not mix with the other (Hughes). Mary Shelley defies this principle by writing in the perspective of the male mind (Shelley 56).
It is no question that the ending of Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening is quite vague. What does Edna’s suicide represent? Is it a sign of triumph or an act of resignation? Regardless, there is a message that lives on even if Edna did not. While this book is about feminism and a woman’s right to establish her own authentic identity, it is actually about something more—something that concerns both women and men.
The difference is not that one (type of feminist) enjoys that magazine and the other doesn’t (as implied McRobbie this must be clarified because it until recently has been the standard for differentiation) (McRobbie, 1999). Instead, McRobbie argues, the two (sides of feminism) are more alike than ever before; the ‘[feminist] inside the academy’ admits to being effected by magazine culture, and the more accepting magazine readers are more aware of the relentless production of femininity in their magazines. “[Magazines] no longer possess such predictability, some might say they have changed beyond recognition. The more solid version of femininity – with its romantic narratives, its lessons on the art of seduction and its advice about how to hold on to your man – have faded away. When romance appears it is within the knowing, ironic, self –mocking language of post-modernism.
Exploiting the ideologies of feminist criticism, it could be reasoned that The Great Gatsby promotes an obscured masculine agenda. Through Fitzgerald’s treatment of the fundamental female characters in The Great Gatsby, the novel seems to uphold and corroborate with the traditional gender roles, neglecting any positive alternative view in the process. Fitzgerald himself is said to have been greatly affected by an affair his wife Zelda is supposed to have had, during the time the novel was written. Thus it is somewhat understandable he would write with contempt towards certain female characters and their portrayal (Bruccoli,1994). The author’s unwillingness to change his outlook and worldview seems to indicate he, himself, has become a slave to the established male dominated society.
An article we read this semester, Girls Gone Anti-Feminist highlights the disconnect between feminism in the 70s to feminism by millennials today. One interesting thing I found in this article was the way the author compared Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin to the Spice Girls and Lady Gaga as representing feminism. Normally, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are not mentioned in the same sentence as the Spice Girls and Lady Gaga as they are in completely different professions and have different fan basses and followers. However, all of them embody the idea that a woman can be anything she wants to be from a singer to President of the United States. The way the author compares these women points out the differences in the broad ways feminism can be represented.
“The burka and the bikini represent opposite ends of the political spectrum but each can exert a noose-like grip on the psyche and physical health of girls and women” (Brumberg 195). Women being damaged by the media and their surroundings happened to be the underlying issue yet the writers bring in politics instead of other cultures. They discuss terrorism instead of ways to stop it from happening. I understand with the war on terrorism the authors attempt to get their message to linger with their audience, they employ the Taliban as an example which, appeared to be an effective tool. Utmost, they don’t offer the opposition a voice to tell its side of things.
In A Sound of Thunder there are several. First and foremost, technological developments are a prominent feature of science fiction, and they play a large role in A Sound of Thunder (the time machine and anti-gravity path are vital components of the plot). Another science-fiction quality present in A Sound of Thunder is the fact that it takes place in a