In the short story “Lust,” Susan Minot creates a sense of non-fiction literature through Minot’s narrator nonchalantly expounding upon her sexual history. While the story’s repetitiveness seems to beat a dead horse, Minot uses this style of disjointed paragraphs to show a deeper meaning on the effects of an overload of sex. These sexual experiences, all effecting this promiscuous teenager, present the idea that “lusting” and even this thirst of sexual partners illustrates the notorious and seemingly normal effects that frequent relationships have on young adolescent women. Women such as our no name main character who has “messed around” with at least fifteen different sexual partners on more than one occasion. This extremely descriptive, repetitive,
Many limitations were placed on her by society because of her status. She finally decided that she was done conforming to these restrictions and sought out to find a lover, disguising herself as a prostitute. In doing so, she manifested the start of a new fling with Beauplaisir and discovered her new found liking for seductive power. Christine Blouch states that each of Haywood’s sluts “is the embodiment of her anger and the incarnation of her sense of control and power over the male” (535). Haywood incorporates this idea of making the heroine disguise herself as a prostitute to ensure that she is able to experience the control high classed women of the eighteenth century have always been deprived of.
She states that sexism comes from how women have been perceived sexually throughout history and that this heavily influences pornography. McClintock sets up this argument by saying “Women’s desire, by contrast, has been crimped and confined to history’s sad museum of corsets, chastity belts, the virginity cult and genital mutilation” (113). She is saying that women were never given the chance to define their sexual wants and sexual desires because they have always been decided for them. Her main argument is based on her belief that men and women have formed the way that women’s sexuality is portrayed, even before the porn industry existed. McClintock disputes that society wrongly accused women of not wanting to participate as sexual beings and therefore that assumption is why pornography is focused on satisfying the needs of men over the needs of
She constantly refers to Stanley as a Polack, and reprimands Stella because she chooses to “hang back with the brutes,” when she, in reality, has a lower economic status than either of them. Blanche’s classist comments and lies display her insecurity in losing her place in the hierarchy of classism. Angering Stanely by her racist and classist claims, Blanche begins to boil the rage that leads to her vicious
As Bai states “The Guess advertisement from Maxim has the women aware of being wathced and posed to reveal her sexual prowess. Her legs are splayed in a provocative manner, connoting sexual openness (Bai,5)”. When imagined, this image does not make the client think of a jeans advent. This type of advertisement is the exploitation of female sexuality in order to gain profit. The motto “Sex Sells” has been over used to an extent where we’re not able to see
Janis when against gender roles to challenge the norms of society, and as a result her rebellion became significant to the public. In a way, she became famous by shocking and surprising people, and as a performer she captivated and moved her audience through being original. When it came to women’s roles in society, there were very specific expectations that women were meant to follow. During the women’s liberation movement Janet was seen as a kind of model in which women began to mimic. Sexual liberation was another movement that was taking place, in which sexuality became a large part of self-expression.
Misogyny in The Female We all enjoy the freedoms we have as American citizens and part of it is expression of oneself. Today we are so busy with self image and politics one may forget how fortunate and privileged one might be. In the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the society is misogynistic and women are oppressed. The sexism and misogyny within the society has pressured women to internalize the and truly believe in an unequal society. When analyzing the characters of the Handmaid's Tale and the Scarlet Letter through the feminist lense, sexism has become so internalized that women work to maintain the system through prejudice and belittling one another for not fulfilling orthodox gender roles.
In order to remain desirable, a woman is expected to keep up with the ridiculous expectations built up about their sexuality. If a woman decides to wait until marriage to have an intimate relationship, she is called a prude. If a woman has sex before marriage, she is called a whore or a slut, especially if she has slept with multiple men. Both stereotypes of women are opposites, and yet are used together in the same society. The reason for this is that women are judged by their usefulness
Calixta and Alcee have an adulterous affair. Calixta tears down her restraint and reveals the desire within. Just as this climactic storm dies down so does the passion. As the storm begins to pass as the story nears its end, taking with it Alcee and the affair. Calixta’s marriage to Bobinot may have lacked the passion that she needed and she is able to explore her sexuality.
In D. H Lawrence's passage “On The Scarlet Letter”, he downgrades Hester because he views her as a disgraceful person . The majority of the passage talks about how bad Hester is for sinning and she seduces men for her happiness. Lawrence uses keywords to make his idea about Hester clearer. He mocks her for her foolish actions. Lawrence uses repetition, mocking tone, and biblical allusion to critique Hester.
The excuse they give for promiscuity is their role in being the "muse" of these musical poets, which in some cases where sex turned to romance they were. However, what was really occurring was more of a competition among women to see who could sustain the attention of a musician the longest. This would usually end in tears for these groupies, as the musicians would move on. As stated by Des Barres in this book (2007). This quote is just one example of the heartbreak and misery connected to the groupie lifestyle.