The Change in Sexism As Letty Cottin Pogrebin once said, “ When men are oppressed it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed it’s simply tradition.” Many women have to deal with sexism in everyday basis; sexism is the prejudice or discrimination based on the sex of a person. Trough Of Mice and Men which takes place in the 1930’s, Steinbeck’s discussion on sexism is still an obstacle that faces society today. John Steinbeck wrote about sexism as a social issue in his 1937 novel Of Mice and Men, and, even though there have been some immense improvements in the role of women in society, the problem still stands today. Because John Steinbeck saw sexism as an important social issue in his time he wrote about it in his novel Of Mice and Men.
Van is accompanied by two other explorers, Terry O. Nicholson, and Jeff Margrave to find and explore the mysterious society that was rumored to be only inhabited by women. When the three men arrive in Herland, they must confront the prejudice and mistaken notions they have about women in society (“Feminist Ethics”). Van is a sociologist who is quiet by nature and mildly sexist, but is objective. He becomes aware of his own false beliefs about women as he compares and contrasts the society of Herland to the world at home. Terry is a friend of the explorers and displays a classic chauvinist personality and is the most sexist of the three explorers.
This loneliness is portrayed throughout John Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men. The main characters affected include Curley’s Wife, Crooks, and Lennie. These characters undergo the side effects of the Great Depression each in a different way, but ultimately compare as they become most lonely in the end. Curley’s Wife is just a young lady who had such big plans for her life, only to have them shut down after getting married. Crooks was declared as less of a person because of the way he looked and Lennie was defined as excess baggage.
Prejudice is a preconceived opinion on someone that is not based on reason. In the 1930’s, when Of Mice And Men by John Stienbeck was written, prejudice was very common. People were discriminated against based on their race, gender or mental disability. Curley’s Wife, one of the only female characters in the novel is prejudiced against because of her gender. Lennie, one of the main characters was discriminated against because of his mental disability.
“There is no greater disability in society , than the inability to see a person as more” by Robert M. Hensel . Discrimination is a unjust treatment, both women and men have been discriminated by their differences between themselves. In Of MIce and Men many characters are discriminated for their disabilities, gender, age, and the most known the discrimination of color. Curley’s wife is discriminated for her gender. As the wife of the son’s boss, she is isolated by many other men, but is not able to make any contact with them due to her jealous husband.
She is trapped in a loveless marriage and states, “I don’t like Curley. He’s not a nice fella.”(89). Due to her gender the readers can see that she is more like an object rather than a person. In result Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife to illustrate society’s views of women during the time period, as well as others with
Steinbeck: who has deliberately places her in the book to emphasise the known fact that women were not respected in the 1930’s. They were there to provide relief to the mans needs and be able to start a family. Basically treated like they were nothing. The audience discovers this through the fact that the only other female characters in the book are prostitutes. “"...Seems like Curley is cockier'n ever since he got married."
However, women were still treated similar too property. John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men was set during the Great Depression, where it featured two protagonists through their journey to achieve their dreams. However, the minor supporting characters were the ones who suffered from social discrimination because of the historical, economic, and political forces during that period.
Johan, this is a perfect example of how women are treated in the professional world. To men, women are perceived as vulnerable, subordinate, nurturing, and of course caring. Women belong in the home and are not seen as an ideal film star. We hardly see women playing the lead role in a popular A-rated film. Take for example, Pam Grier in Coffy, not only is this movie racist but it is also sexist.
For many centuries, women have always been assumed to be the weaker sex. Women were thought to be only suited for marriage, bearing and taking care of children, providing for the needs and wants of their husbands, and performing household tasks. It was not any different in the male-dominated society of the 1930s. William Faulkner in his short story, “A Rose for Emily,” strives to depict how the gender restrictions imposed on Emily Grierson, by the predominantly male-ruled society of the town of Jefferson, drove her to rebel against southern traditions and beliefs by falling in love with Homer Barron. Emily Grierson is the typical embodiment of a rich southern woman.
The author tells how sad is the life of a slave girl and how, as soon as she is old enough, and against her will, she would learn about the malice of the world. Meanwhile, male slaves rarely suffered from such abuse, and different from women, slavery mostly affected their manliness. As Douglas says while describing one of the oversees: "It was enough to chill the blood and stiffen the hair of an ordinary man to hear him talk." By saying so, he proved how, at a very patriarchal time, male slaves completely lost the bravery and "superiority" often used to describe white men. Therefore, slavery did have some different effects towards women and men, but always towards a worse condition.
World Full of Racists and Sexists Imagine yourself living in a world where you are told your skin color is not beautiful simply because you are not a certain color that society condones “attractive.” Imagine living in a world, where you are seen as a sexual object that cannot be more intelligent than the men and put down constantly for having a different gender. Look no further; this is reality for almost all females out there in the world whose skin color is not white. Full of people labeling people based on appearance and not on the personality of a person. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Crooks and Curley’s wife are victims of such labels and assumptions. Racism and sexism are the forefront of misjudgment.