To Satisfy the Desires of Women: The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction by Linda Gordon Linda Gordon uses her book The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction to show racial, gender, class, and religious issues in Arizona during the early 1900s. This novel, at first, seems to be about the orphan train that ran from New York City to Arizona. However, the title is misleading, as it suggests to the reader that the novel is focusing on the orphans. Rather, Gordon uses the orphans as a lens through which one can view the inequalities between the people in Arizona.
A person’s sexuality shapes a human being, and defines who they are. Sexuality is an idea that society has struggled with for decades to define and accept. Early America viewed sexuality in black and white, and did not understand that individuals can be attracted to the same sex, and etc. As society slowly starts to become more accepting to sexuality and peoples’ different sexual orientations, it is interesting to think about where we started. The four factors that shaped early America views on sexuality were race, gender, religion, and class.
During the 1800’s and early 1900s, women were considered to be inferior to men in some aspects due to religion, laws, and society’s outlook on both genders. In fact, because of these factors, some people believed that women suffered from passionlessness during that time. Passionlessness “convey the view that women lacked sexual aggressiveness, that their sexual appetites contributed a very minor part (if any at all) to their motivations, that lustfulness was simply uncharacteristic” (Cott 220). The rise of passionlessness in the 1800s was due to the evangelical beliefs people had during the time. Since religion was a big factor in society, women were in a way forced to follow the norm in which they were forbidden to express the same
Queer Theory has been exponentially developed in the last two decades. Notions of gender and sexuality are constantly being re-signified by a tendency to understand fragmented identities in terms of sex and gender distinctions. The debate has been centered on the idea of queerness as a question of being vs. doing. It became widely-accepted during the last century when homosexuality was accepted as something you were born with. However, with the recent development of Queer Theory, the body and the complex relationship between sex and gender began to progressively receive special attention.
This instruction comes directly from the Bible, and in essence, solidifies the belief that women should be subordinate to their husbands. This idea was to be carried on for centuries later, until at least the 1800s, where women were finally afforded certain rights with the emergence of the Women’s Movement in 1848. The Movement is a political and social movement that sought for the equal rights and opportunities for men and women in areas such as politics, economics, and especially in areas such as their personal lives (Burkett, 2015). It also gave rise to the ideology of feminism and a second-wave movement of feminism in the latter part of the second half of the 20th century. Prior to this, women’s positions remained undermined in a largely
Social Exchange Theory and Gender Equality In Canada today, more than one in ten heterosexual couples have a stay at home parent- and that is the father. Since the 1970’s, the number of women in the workforce has continued to rise, and the result is that more and more fathers are stepping up to look after the kids.
Prior to the sexual revolution, unwed mothers were viewed as psychologically disordered because they were pregnant without a husband. The 1960’s sexual revolution changed these views when white unwed college women began having sex more often, turning it into a common act. When these rebellious college women became pregnant, they were viewed as independent sexualized individuals, not victims. The sexual revolution led to a shift in societal views, weakening the notion that unwed mothers were victims, leading society to begin seeing them as free agents able to experiment sexually without blame.
The destruction of the mystery of sex has caused that this activity provides less pleasure for modern people. The Victorians did not boast about the sexual experience. Mary is not entirely innocent, she is a peasant. The Victorians are seen as prudish, because of the middle class. A true view of their behaviour, culture can be found in the reports of people who studied it.
Throughout Asia, marriage behaviors are continuously changing because of the varying attitudes towards arranged marriage. Though a receding tradition in many cultures across the world, arranged marriages remain an integral part of life in many countries across Asia, such as in India and in Japan. Though similar in this aspect, Indians’ perspective on relationships is vastly different from that of Japan, in the way that it recognizes the common procedures of marriage that other countries also follow. On the other hand, in the traditional Japanese culture, the purpose of marriage for women is to take care of the household and to maintain a reputation. As one can see, though both cultures support arranged marriages, Japanese and Indian households
In Nella Larsen’s novel, The Passing, Irene Redfield is an outgoing Harlem woman. She opens a letter from Clare Bellew, who is married to a white man who does not know that his wife is black. Clare insists that she is lonely, isolated as she is from her own people, and she asks Irene to meet her again. Irene recalls her encounter with Clare in Chicago two years prior, in Clare’s home, she and another light-skinned black woman had been forced to listen to attacks about black people delivered by Clare’s racist husband. Now, Irene understands that Clare wants to use her in order to enter the Harlem society, although still pretending to be white, she can be with her own race.