Libidinal. Manic. Martyred” (Bechdel 7). In repairing the various downtrodden aspects of the home, Bruce takes his stifled energy, particularly any stifled sexual energy, as indicated by Alison’s use of “libidinal,” and discovers another outlet that affords him complete control over the results. Living in a small town not only with extended family so near, but during a time when homosexuality was certainly not an acceptable way to identify, Bruce Bechdel would have had little control over the reactions of the people in his life had he opted to pursue an openly queer lifestyle.
Pedophile in Penn State The general argument made by Maia Szalavitz in her work, “Bystander Psychology: Why Some Witnesses to Crime Do Nothing”, is that it is wrong when people view crime, and they do not take action. More specifically, Szalavitz argues that people tend to keep quiet for each other as a conglomerate. She writes, ”Mike Mcqueary… witnessed child rape firsthand in 2002... How is it that a powerfully built ex-quarterback could watch the rape of a 10 year old boy and do nothing to stop it?... And why did the team and the university fail to act at every possible step? ” In this passage Szalavitz is suggesting that during the Penn state child rape cases by Jerry Sandusky, even close colleges who clearly knew of the situation, but
Throughout the story, the readers begin to realize that love is sometimes just an ideal depending on the character. For example, Baby states that “whatever it is, it’s so far from love, it was easy for me to understand why Alphonse never got jealous when I was with a trick” (O’Neill, 253). From this quote, the readers can infer that Alphonse is not truly loved, only by his prostitutes and a thirteen-year-old girl. Although it does not state why he became a pimp, it is clear that he became one due to the lack of love he received. He also turns to drugs to cope with the non-existent love in his life.
Hester's change in appearance was looked at negatively by Salem society because they could never understand it's true underlying meaning; that beauty is a board standard determined by society as a whole instead of individually. “The Scarlet Letter had not done its office.” (Wahl) It was presented to Hester as a cruel punishment for bearing a child outside of her marriage. It was meant to humiliate her in public for the rest of her days. The Scarlet Letter was meant to make its victim an outcast of society and instead it empowered Hester and helped her realize the damaging gender standards in her
The LGBT community has faced endless oppression for identifying as something other than heterosexual and cisgender (identifying as the gender you were assigned at birth). This maltreatment ranges from giving a homosexual a dirty look for kissing their boyfriend or to the extreme act of declaring it as illegal across a whole country. When people think of the LGBT community, they think of it as only homosexuals. This community consists of those who love the same sex or identify as a gender other than the one on their birth certificate. This community is made up of those who society sees as different with
The five steps for redemption are categorized as Conviction, Confession, Repentance, Restitution, and Reconciliation. Although, Amir shows many acts of kindness and selflessness, in the end, he was not able to truly redeem himself. To begin, Amir started his journey to redemption with conviction and confession although he was not very successful. The guilt bothered Amir very often even in his adulthood when he believed he had been denied “fatherhood for the thing [he] had done.” (188) Almost immediately after Amir watched Hassan get raped he believed he had done something wrong. He believed he could not have children with Soraya because he did not help Hassan, but he does not confess until more than fifteen years later.
This is because young men are not taught that they do not have a right to women’s bodies. Rape is not spoken about in most American schools because it is considered a “taboo” topic, that in itself is considered rape culture. In another report in 2009, studies show that only nine percent of women report their sexual assault cases to the authorities (Luna 1). Women get assaulted every day in the US, yet very few come forward to the authorities because they have seen the backlash that almost all other women face when they accuse
Through these themes, people of varying life situations are able to connect with his book. At the time he was struggling with his sexuality, being gay was no where near as accepted as it is today. However, feelings of alienation are still common today, whether is is because of sexuality, race, gender, ethnicity, or it is being the weird kid in school who is bullied. Secondly, there is the theme of family illness and the losing/loss of a loved one. Personally I have not dealt yet with the illness of a loved one or relative, definately not at such a young age as he, but one day I will.
The first character foil they have is their personalities, Amir and Hassan have very distinct personalities and they show especially early in the book. Amir is not brave and Hassan seems to be, in the book when Hassan was getting raped by Assef Amir just stood there and watched. He didn’t stop because he was too much of a coward. Amir could've stopped the tragedy that had happened to his friend but he did nothing. Hassan on the other hand was offered to be let free if he gave away the kite but refused and that shows his braveness and loyalty.
25 Oct 2015. In this article, the author explains the many ways men are discriminated against. Moreover, her describes how sexism against men is often dismissed by society and why. He explains, “Society 's scandalous tolerance of rape in prison seems like it is also related to a general indifference to, or even amusement at, sexual violence committed against men.” The author describes how harassment against men in prison is often looked over by society because it seems to be a regular occurrence. This is important because it shows how most people don’t even think about sexism in that way.
Staples describes what his first encounter with someone who was afraid of him was like. He states that he was shocked and embarrassed that someone would think he could be capable of doing wrong when he couldn’t even hurt an animal. Staples goes on to describe the first year he was away from home, stating that he became acquainted with the actions that the color of his skin caused, although it was never pleasant to him. He explains that most of the people that are afraid of him are women. Staples acknowledges that he can’t so much as blame them because he is aware of the violence toward women.