Anne McClintock wrote her essay “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap: Portraying the female and male orgasm” to examine pornography and how it has changed throughout history and its effects on how women perform as sexual beings. McClintock focuses on the various roles of pornography such as its emphasis on voyeurism, pleasure, and the male ego. She wants her readers to know that women are still not represented in pornography to satisfy their own desires, but they are there to cater to men and their subconscious. I will analyze how McClintock argues that due to the history of sexism towards women, the roles that men and women have in pornography are inherently different because of the societal belief that women are only seen as objects of sexual desire and are solely there to satisfy the male audience.
A popular culture is always criticized for building unreal expectations on the romantic relationships that form imaginations of satisfaction and attitudes in communication relationships. It is proposed by Radway that romance reading offers most readers with an escape from the patriarchal system and mundane existence. By examining the reasons as to why women like reading romantic novels and the meaning that they glean, it is argued that romances follow structure that is very strict, where the woman is portrayed as beautiful, sexually immature and defiant, contrasted to a brooding handsome man who is usually able to show gentle and soft gestures (Click et al. 199). Ultimately, Radway comes to a conclusion that reading of romantic books is influenced by dissatisfaction, where female readers look for care and
However, is there a difference between the angel’s sexual life and the human kind’s in Milton’s masterpiece? In this essay I will describe Milton’s perception of the sexual life of the unfallen angels and what it meant in Milton’s society. In Paradise Lost Book VIII Adam describes his feelings and sexual desire towards Eve to the archangel Raphael. After discussing it and being advised by the archangel, Adam, a little coy, asks him about the nature of lovemaking between the
This paper is a critique of the book “The Gift of Sex” written by Clifford & Joyce Penner. In today’s culture, the physical and spiritual aspect of sex is neglected. According to the authors sex is an emotional and spiritual act, involving the body, soul, and spirit, the total person. The sexual relationship between a husband and wife is connected to the strong intimate relationship of man and God. Knowing this will bring fulfillment and freedom in marriage and in God.
Throughout the course of history, literature has always had an immense influence and direct association with people’s way of life. Due to the influence, as society’s principles and beliefs change, literature evolves as well. One of the most notable examples is society’s outlook on women. Although centuries of ideologies regarding women in society separate the narrative The Yellow Wallpaper from the film Gravity, both works use confining imagery and controlled isolation as a motivating element, but with opposite results for the female characters in each. In the narrative The Yellow Wallpaper, the controlled isolation leads the female character to detach from reality as a way to escape her entrapment to obtain total freedom.
The meeting with the goddess also connects to the stage of temptation. However it’s not always the case. In The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Fa Mulan falls into temptation to the point where the thought of her husband and son distract her from fulfilling her quest. She thinks about them so often that she gets caught off guard by the enemy and she doubts her abilities to fight. “However, if we approach women’s writing as centrally concerned not strictly with gender but with oppression, we can fully examine the conjuncture and relationship between female and ethnic identity.” Schueller, Malini.
The author, Diane Ackerman, makes the connection of love by connecting that “love is the great intangible” And that “love is throughout history” using descriptive language. Love is the great intangible is what Diane Ackerman said throughout the text. Diane connects the idea of love being an ancient delirium. For example, she says in paragraph 4, In folk stories, unsuspecting lads and lasses ingest love potion and quickly lose their hearts. As with all intoxicants, love comes in many guises and strengths.” With this evidence, it can be said Diane connected love as being the great intangible.
A closer examination reveals this monologue as less of a masterpiece and more of a long-winded diatribe. Alisoun’s soliloquy is full of contradictions and errors. For example, in her defense of the institution of marriage she acknowledges the divinity of the union, yet she also confesses to fornication with other men even while married. She claims that marriage is important because it raises stocks of virginity, but all of her 5 marriages are childless. She also edits the part of her references which does not fit her argument, as seen in her story of Solomon.
Another suggests that these were products of degenerate minds obsessed with sex in a corrupt phase of Indian history. According to ancient treatises on architecture, a religious structure is incomplete unless its walls depicts something erotic, for sensual pleasures (kama) are as much an expression of life as are righteous conduct (dharma), economic endeavours (artha) and spiritual pursuits (moksha). Interpretations and judgements aside, these images to tell us that the ‘idea’ of same-sex and what the colonial rulers termed ‘unnatural’ intercourse did exist in India. One can only speculate if the images represent the common or the
Carole Patemen’s The Sexual Contract digs deep into contract theory and its downfalls, especially focusing on the issues at hand in the social, employment, marriage, prostitution and surrogate contracts. Through a feminist perspective, Pateman revisits and analyses the views of the classic contract theorists Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as Robert Filmer and Freud and how their views on sex greatly effected the foundations of contract theory. To Pateman, “the original contract is a sexual-social contract.” (1) Through The Sexual Contract Pateman attempts to unmask the sexual contract from hiding and show the effect it has on many of the contracts we take part in today. The Sexual Contract also acts as a critique towards feminists and