Gander stereotypes could limit women’s and men’s capacity to develop their personal abilities. There are many gender stereotypes about men and women such as men are leaders, men are strong, men are rulers, but women are treated conversely like a second gender. In the poem "Rite of Passage," Sharon Olds describes all today's stereotypes about male and shows how the world views a normal man in a society. Also, in the writing "The War Against Boys" Christina Hoff Sommers writes Patricia O'Reilly opinion about that "It is really clear that boys are Number One in this society and in most of the world" (283). All those gender stereotypes could lead to misogyny, sexual harassment, and violence into families, at school, even on streets.
However, in the poem “Barbie Doll” it was more likely to occur within a girl gender. Women “theoretically” should be attractive and stay that way, according to the stereotype showed in the poem “Barbie Doll”. This poem explains to the reader the dangers that exist in the society of forcing people, especially women into restrictive roles and ideals. The poet Marge Piercy uses simile, imagery, and symbol to develop the theme of how society remains disapproving people who do not represent the ideal image. The use of simile in the poem distinctly explains the feedback of the "girl-child" to the constant assault of opposing orders and intentions.
Unfortunately, it has become an issue for the younger generation, as we see in Piercy’s poem. When it comes to “Barbie Doll” the author has negative feelings about it because when it comes to the younger generation and society today, it is highlighting body image issues. After reading each stanza, one can dictate that Piercy intended to bring awareness to the subject, announcing it’s a Social Protest poem. Apart of the poem “To every woman a happy ending,” (Piercy 25) possess the hidden sarcasm that Piercy intended the reader to pick up on. The idea surrounding the sarcastic quote acts as a lie in society, because happy endings are fairy
Women can be astronauts, doctors, leaders, business people...anything that they set their mind to. Instead in our real culture, we are teaching girls that to be accepted in this society, you have to be unintelligent and sexy. If we instead advertised more positive messages to young girls, I think that our society could benefit by a new generation of empowered females who don’t feel that it is necessary to be sexual. Sexy Inc really opened my eyes to massive amount of advertising that our society has become numb to. We should focus on family as a social structure and teach parents that these outside influences, like the media, celebrities and overly sexual dolls, are affecting young girls and causing them to think that being sexual at such a young age is appropriate.
If you are passive by all means be passive, but don’t be passive because you feel like you have to be. So many things can go wrong when you are forcing yourself to be someone you’re expected to be. Jensen goes a bit into depth with this in his article “The High Cost of Manliness” in which he explains how characteristics that are expected of men are at times taken to a higher level which can lead to the endangerment of others. He wrote about how if men lived by the type of masculinity looked for in them they would live life in an “endless competition and threat”. Now there are many ways one can interpret how a man's masculinity could be threatening some of those include violence, sexual assault or rape, and murder.
Girls and Boys both have fears but yet the girls are the ones who are most likely to be approached with the question : weren 't you scared? The author asked a mother how she treated her children and she said: “she cautioned her daughter much more than her son.” Caroline Paul states “girls are less likely than boys to try challenging physical activities” do to the fact how girls are raised. Taking risks is important and nobody 's saying injuries are good but girls are supposed to be treated and raised
During the romantic period, society judges women on their beauty, something that they have no control over. This idea of beauty was pushed on young girls and this made them feel as if beauty was the only thing that’s important, but the romantic period literature was going to change that. Beauty, shown as the single most important thing for women in Northanger Abbey and A Vindication of the Rights of Women, which is wrong because it’s degrading for women to be judged on something that they can’t control, this then affects how women are depicted in literature, changing the work’s tone to be satirical, making fun of this idea, or rebellious, in going away from these beauty standards. Instead of degrading women based on their beauty, women should instead get compliments on their beauty. But most women had no way to change these standards, the only thing they could do was make them into a joke, which is exactly what Austen did in Northanger Abbey.
By Ariel Levy’s definition, “female chauvinism” and “raunch culture” describe women who believe men are inferior and women objectifying other women and themselves, respectively. While females, to a certain extent, have always and will always be objectified by the media, it has not become more pervasive in recent years. If anything, the sexualization and objectification of women has been mediated due to advancements in gender equality. There has been a gradual switch in cultural expectations of women from codependent lady who needs a strong man to take care of her to competent woman who can take care of herself. This role transformation, while seemingly so, is not a kick in the ribs to men.
Antigone’s efforts to execute her will on Creon and his men resulted in her being viewed as weak. Creon asks Haimon, “Is a woman stronger than we?”(Sophocles 218). His question clearly implies the sexist and patriarchal values and beliefs ingrained in him just like plenty of men at that time, which is that women are subservient to men and that’s the way it should be. Creon goes on to call Haimon an “adolescent fool!”(Sophocles 221), all because he defended Antigone’s actions. Ironically, Haimon admits to finding Creon’s wisdom more valuable than his marriage; even the nicest of men have their biased perceptions of superiority.
Women are characterized to be a particular way since they are constantly being prejudiced on the basis of their gender. They are expected to dress a certain way, act in one way as opposed to another, take care of a family, and be able to cook. This prejudice is prevalent across the globe, whether in America, as depicted by the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, or in Antigua as described by the prose “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. Even though there is a great similarity between the social pressures faced by women in both America and Antigua, American women are greatly judged on a physical level, while in Antigua, women are predominantly judged on their capability to completing household chores. In “Barbie Doll”, the narrator depicts an American
Men and women in our culture are constantly forced to act a certain way. Humanity takes joy in dictating how each gender should behave. In “Jock Culture” by Robert Lipstye and “Strong Enough” by Wendy Shanker, we learn countless pressures and insecurities that both women and men face in today’s society. The tension placed on both men and women to meet a certain standard may often lead to catastrophic outcomes. Unfortunately, both men and women constantly feel the pressure of fitting into society’s norms, but fitting into these norms comes with many consequences.
In his argument, he is using humor, exaggeration, and a rather defensive tone. However, like most writers including Suzanne Britt, his writing should not be taken literally as it is. Exaggeration and humor play the biggest role in bringing out his purpose, which is to call out stereotypes of men and women. Barry understands that these stereotypes are completely incorrect, especially in this century, so he took an opportunity to bring them to the attention of everyone reading to make his purpose clear and