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.
“These accounts range from reports that women are regularly punched in the stomach, such that they are unable to sustain pregnancies, to reports of managers monitoring menstrual cycles to ensure that workers are not pregnant.” (Navarro, Pg.2) Another serious issue according to Navarro is sexual harassment. Many of the women reported being sexually harassed by their male managers or one of the foremen. “Examples of sexual harassment that researchers have found include managers offering workers a lighter workload in exchange for dates or sex with the female workers.” (Navarro, Pg. 2) These experiences are horrible, but they also don’t prove anything about normative personality traits. Although, I do see a connection between all of the women who have experienced these issues due to their place of employment.
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, portrays the story of young woman named Janie struggling with relationships that become crucial to the way she chooses to identify herself. Janie goes through the constant struggle of being controlled by others and allowing others to dominate her identity rather than her owning herself. When she marries her second husband, Jody, he forces her to wear a handkerchief around her head in public because he declares her to be his property and is scared that her beauty will attract other men. However, when Jody gets ill and dies, Janie is placed into a predicament and finds herself face to face with the pain caused by her relationship. Hurston describes the transition Janie makes from being identified by others to recognizing her self worth.
Women struggled to be treated as equals when trying to qualify for federal programs. Social security benefits were structured around the idea of a male breadwinner and a dependant housewife. (Ware). Much of society believed that women could not possibly be the head of the household and therefore it was much more difficult for women to get the help they needed in the depression. Even though many people believe that the need for feminism died out it was still needed in the 1930s to help the women with jobs.
Khaled Hosseini goes into the oppression of women in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. In the story, the women are oppressed by the society. This is narrated through the delivery of the main antagonist’s id, the gender inequality in enforcing laws and the marginalization of women. As a result of Rasheed’s id, Mariam and Laila are consistently physically and emotionally
Loose Women, is a collection of poetry written by Sandra Cisneros. A wonderful collection of words that speak to the beauty, disgusting, painful, extraordinary things about love, sexuality, women, bodies. Throughout the novel Cisneros revels in sort of “bad girl” image: however the overall persona is that of a passionate, sexual woman who’s had her share of both joy and disappointment. We all know Sandra Cisneros roots come from Mexico and is from Mexican American immigrant family and the culture for her is very different. I can relate to Cisneros’ culture different, since I am from Indian and in India women are considered to be the goddess from ancient time, however they are not being treated like goddess.
As can be seen, gender politics is an evident topic of discussion internationally. Females are typically the victims of gender inequality and Kincaid portrays the issue through the short story Girl. When the expectations of women are not met there is a pandemonium followed by a series of consequences. Kincaid has experienced the negative feedback as a woman. The shorty story Girl is only a small depiction of the lives of women.
In the Igbo community, many men thought that being weak was being feminine. Women were being treated like pieces of property or toys that you can play with (Shmoop Editorial Team 2008). They were being beaten and abused (#312513, Answered by niyonkuru j #312513 on 4/3/2013 12:15 PM, Answered by judy t #197809 on 4/3/2013 11:57 AM, & Answered by jill d #170087 on 4/3/2013 12:01 PM). It seems like women were not valuable. The women did not have free will.
By the end of the fifties, women began to feel something was missing from their lives. Maya Angelou sums up on how we as woman are tired of being treated as second class citizens and we will rise above all of it in her poem “Still I Rise”. The first few lines of the poem speak volumes about how women are tired of this treatment. “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise”. (Angelou, 1-4) It has been an ongoing battle in the fight for equal rights and women have achieved the right to vote and equal pay for equal
It is an attempt of historicisation of racial oppression as Jaine is granddaughter to a nanny raped by her white master and daughter to a mother raped by her teacher. But more than anything it is the story of a woman’s strife for identity and freedom against a patriarchal society and upbringing. During the course of novel, she marries three domineering men Logan Killicks, Jody Starks and Tea Cake with whom she experiences the roles of a domestic helper, a trophy wife and somehow an equal, respectively. And this intra-racial struggle between the two genders has ignited the attacks against novel from the critics who shared Hurston’s background. Nevertheless, hers is an apt description of Afro American society, based on