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.
Older men marrying young women had a suffrage of inequality in the relationship. In courts, where dances occur, married women would have affairs with men that are their age.. The conflict begins with a woman’s ability to choose a man she desires, yet she marries an older man with no love. Men accused married woman for being sexual since, supposedly, they are culpable of the marriage. Medieval society portrayed married women as disloyal wives who were unable to their control their sexual desires toward young men.
Of course, women, such as Murasaki, were forced into marriages without their own consent, which does identify her own experiences as a lady-in-waiting in the Heian royal court. This feminist view illustrates the forced submission of women as sexual objects for the Genji, which has much merit in terms of the Murasaki’s own insight into feminist narratives of women living in these patriarchal circumstances. In this case, Murasaki provides a feminine narrative of the experiences and choices that women had to make under an oppressive male dominant government. The Genji, therefore, is merely a central character that expresses the total control of male figures in the novel, as part of a larger narrative that reflects the unique views of women in medieval Japanese
Power, domination, and gender have all been intertwined for years. Men historically have been in power in most civilizations while also dominating the women in order to keep this power. Women have often been viewed as the more delicate sex and were supposed to not worry their pretty little heads about men’s affairs such as politics, education, employment, estate upkeep, and generally everything that had to do with stepping a foot out the door of a house. In Tanizaki Jun’Ichiro’s piece “The Tattooer” he explores these stereotypes and women’s rise to power in society in a dark piece about a tattoo artist and a geisha, both going through a transformation that changes their very character by the end. By incorporating diction, symbolism, and foreshadowing; Tanizaki Jun’Ichiro paints a story portraying Japanese gender roles, domination, and power.
The Commander and the Aunts claim that women are better protected in Gilead, where they are treated with respect and kept safe from violence. However, while Gilead claims to suppress sexual violence, it actually institutionalizes it. An example is Jezebel’s, the club that provides the Commanders with prostitutes to service the male elite. Another example is the Ceremony that compels Handmaids to have sex with their Commanders. Foster suggests, “...sex can be pleasure, sacrifice, submission, rebellion, resignation, supplication, domination, enlightenment, the whole works” (158).
Alice Walker wrote her own literary criticism; Walker has stated before she is “committed to exploring the oppressions, the insanities, the loyalties, and triumphs of black women”. It is evident that Walker writes about oppressions, loyalties, and triumphs of a black women masterfully because her description of these is realistic. Alice Walker realistically portrays Celie being oppressed by men because she is sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. Celie opens up her story by explaining how she is sexually abused by her father because her mother is sick and can not fill the needs of what her father wants. Celie tells the only person she can, God about what her dad has done.
Douglass’s Message to Women Frederick Douglass gives many examples of the treatment of women like the following passage: “this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and made a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable; for by this cunning arrangement, the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slaves the double relation of master and father.” (Douglass 1183) Through this passage, Douglass brings to light that enslaved women are raped by their masters because of the master’s lust and the master’s desire to produce more slaves. By looking at the passage in the context of the rest of Narrative of Life, Douglass makes it clear that women who are raped by their masters and birth a child from the rape have it worse than others because of the excess brutality they receive from the master’s wife. Douglass’s word choices like “lust” and “wicked” shows that Douglass finds the practice of raping slaves for lust and reproduction to be very displeasing because both of those words are
Back in Cady Stanton's time the women were seen as property to men, and if the women did not have men they would not even be considered women, they would be slaves. “After depriving her of her rights as a married woman, if single he taxed her to support a government which recognizes her only when her property can be made profitable to it” ( Stanton 115). Because Cady Stanton changed the way women were treated and looked at by men Maya Angelou was allowed to speak freely about her beliefs on life. When maya Angelou discussed equality she thought of it as a privilege that because men and women are equal all ethnicities should be equal. “The asian, the hispanic, the jew.
”(pp2). To emphasize, the war was because of women’s rights and stopping slavery, Truth is speaking that she can do many things as men can do. Even if its base on that someone is a slave or a woman. In the same speech, Ain’t I a Woman? By Sojourner Truth, it says that men talk about and think that slaves and women are needed to be intelligent, but how does that have to involve with women 's nor African-Americans’ rights?
Marquez uses machismo to explore the double standards of male and female sexuality in Latin society. We already know that women were forced to marry and had to be virgins until marriage, yet from the beginning of the novel we already see that Santiago has a lot of interaction with other women. This shows us that society is very old fashioned and flawed since women and men should be equal. “Divina Flor, who was the daughter of a more recent mate, knew that she was destined for Santiago Nasar’s furtive bed”, from this quote we can deduce that women have a certain role in society which is underneath the mean and that they have no choice but to accept their fate. Latin superstitions are also used in the novel; Marquez uses the imagery of birds and trees to get this point across.