Sex is very general, but when it comes to women as property, it is important to discuss sex work and attitudes that women are taught to have about sex. In a lot of media, specifically pornography, and in teachings about sex, women are taught that sex for them should include being “passive, dominated or ‘done to.’” (Fahs & Plante, 2017). Essentially women are told that they are there for the men’s pleasure, and that they should let them take the lead for everything. Goldman states that “It is a conceded fact that woman is being reared as a sex commodity, and yet she is kept in absolute ignorance of the meaning and importance of sex.” (Goldman, 1910). Goldman makes a valid point; women are raised being taught that their bodies are sexual, but are not taught anything about what sex is and the value it holds.
Offred describes a dissociation between the role she plays in Gilead to the independent working woman she was before. By forbidding the person she was before the government plan Gilead began supposedly to end violence and the male gaze towards women, the real reason is because of infertility caused by environmental concerns. The fanatical believers find a way to justify oppression. Aunt Lydia said, “[i]n the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from.” (pg 24).
She states that sexism comes from how women have been perceived sexually throughout history and that this heavily influences pornography. McClintock sets up this argument by saying “Women’s desire, by contrast, has been crimped and confined to history’s sad museum of corsets, chastity belts, the virginity cult and genital mutilation” (113). She is saying that women were never given the chance to define their sexual wants and sexual desires because they have always been decided for them. Her main argument is based on her belief that men and women have formed the way that women’s sexuality is portrayed, even before the porn industry existed. McClintock disputes that society wrongly accused women of not wanting to participate as sexual beings and therefore that assumption is why pornography is focused on satisfying the needs of men over the needs of
Each of her poems are crafted around the normality of women and the tragic role that commodity plays within the history of women. The issue of objectification and rejection is addressed and carefully illustrated within her work. For example her poem entitled “Crow’s Sugar”speaks of the commodification of women through the issue of virtue and how it is seen in the eyes of men. Within her poem she states the following “The other boy said you wasn’t worth your salt if you wasn’t tasting me, I hid my virginity underneath my shirt” (Lines 20-21). Virginity and sex with a woman is not seen as a privilege it is seen as a right, to be taken and conquered rather than praised and appreciated.
All these women came from different social, economic and socio-political background. Harriet Taylor Mill was given the opportunity to lay the foundation for feminism, while hiding under her husband’s wing, she was a relatively middle to high class individual who focused on issues that women like her faced. She believed that equality was simply based on equal opportunity for both sexes simply based on skill not gender, as both could do things equally well. Gloria Feltd argued and fought for women’s reproductive rights, as she was a teenage mother herself. She just as Taylor Mill had a middle to high class background, she believed among other things that equality would come with reproductive rights for all.
Several Arab stories illustrate the oppression of women under patriarchal societies through controlling female sexuality that results in broken identities. In the Women of Sand and Myrrh, after Suzanne evidently enjoyed their lovemaking, Maaz reminds her of the traditional gender roles of women, “God created you to bear children, and to give pleasure to a man, and that 's all.” By saying this, he indicates that Suzanne should never delight in sex as it represents a purely functional purpose for women. The idea of sex as a process serving men alone perplexes Suzanne who asks what Maaz means, and he answers, “God created women to make children, like a factory. That 's the exact word, Suzanne. She 's a factory.
[who] can’t go against his word” (294).This is conflated with the episode in which Mr. Jones, troubled by his grief on not having a son and his wife’s coldness towards him, comes looking for the prostitute at the inn. He discovers Mary to be the whore but that does not stop him from having sex with her. The superficiality and duplicity of the marriage institution is thus exposed as wives are regulated to be monogamous, whereas husbands are free to seek pleasure and comfort elsewhere. The challenge to this prejudice was clearly enunciated in the feminist stance of Mary Astell given in A Serious Proposal to Women (1668), which seeks to subvert the patriarchal institution of marriage that entraps women and the struggles and triumphs of such a stance is manifestly represented Donoghue’s characterisation of
Feminism is defined as the advocacy of women 's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes, but is this the way society sees feminism? While most people understand feminism as women 's rights and equality, while feminism is the equality of all sexes. Equality for all is means women that are raped won 't be asked what they were wearing because their bodies are overly sexualized and men that are raped won 't be told that they enjoyed it due to the idea that all men want is sex and these crimes will be treated these as real victim crime.To eliminate gender roles, allowing boys to freely enjoy sports seen as more girly such as ballet and to tell girls to know that it isn 't seen as bossy if they take control of a situation. Also to recognize those that don 't identify themselves as the male or female by opening unisex restrooms in all establishments.These are just the few examples of how it would be if the sexes were perfectly equal, but the idea of equality for all sexes wasn 't always popular back then. In 1848 the first women’s convention was held, at this meeting
Besides, the three men value instrumentality when the women are silenced when they are put into a situation where they have no control over their bodies, stimulating the belief that men of all reputations can have access to any woman. Yet, the two scholars were able to have access to the women, whereas the women cannot show interest sexually because they are possessions. When the scholars have sexual relations with the women, their reactions are not shown or described, nor the act of the sexual invasion itself. In fact, the daughter was mentioned to be “doghter bolt upright” as she took it “willingly” (4266). Due to instrumentality, what was violated was Symkyn’s property- the two men committed a crime against Symkyn 's possession of the two women, not rape itself.
The descriptions of Melanie and other female figures within the novel coincide with the objectification theory. As Szymanski explains “women’s body or body parts are singled out and separated from her as a person”, thus it demonstrates the manner in which David views women. Ultimately, although it lead to the termination of his professional career, Lurie is unremorseful of