Until the wave of feminism occurred in the 1970s, women’s societal roles were primarily that of caretakers of the home and mothers. Given the patriarchal society’s misogynistic views of women, any defiance from a woman was seen as rebellious. Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales creates characters that defy and uphold these diminishing views of women throughout various tales. In the first tale, “The Knight’s Tale,” Emily displays relatively positive feminine characteristics through her exhibition of courtly love. Her presentation of purity contrasts the medieval opinion of women as being deceitful, which is evident in future tales.
And then I will analysis two female characters who is Beneatha and Ruth to discuss how they deal with sexism in society. First of all, sexism is an unfair treatment of people because of their sex, especially an unfair treatment of women. “There are the concept of discrimination or prejudice build upon sexual which against women.” ("Sexism." Merriam-Webster). “Sexism also can be a belief that one sex is superior to or more valuable than another sex.” ("Sexism | Sociology."
There were magazines for women that showed them how they should act and look in order to be a true woman. Submission was considered the most feminine virtue expected of women. “To suffer and to be silent under. Suffering seems the great command she has to obey.” This mean that if a woman was not submissive, she would be punished. The last one is domesticity.
Despite the claim that the world has made progress towards gender equality, women are expected to depict feminine characteristics and mannerisms deemed suitable by society. Sandra Cisneros challenges these societal expectations in her poem “Loose Woman” by embracing the negative connotations of a masculine woman. Cisneros faces the pressures of conforming to the American and Latin American status quo of being a woman. Because Cisneros chooses to defy many womanly ideals, she is labeled with “undesirable” identities heavily influenced by religious beliefs. These religious views impact the social expectations of a woman’s sexual orientation as well as her social behavior.
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.
In “The Fair Jilt,” Miranda’s character is a manipulative and ill-natured woman whose behaviors connect her to the traditional view of women being innately evil. Behn’s presentation of a woman who conforms to stereotypical behaviors is puzzling considering the grave need for women writers who tell their stories and demonstrate that women cannot be defined by stereotypes. Despite the appearance of Behn accepting these harmful stereotypes, her use of them allows her to reveal the underlying factors that cause women to “misbehave” and results in them being characterized as villains. In early literature, stories about women who swindle ignorant men for societal advancement or women who cuckold their husbands are often used to define all women
However, Faye feels she is a woman who cannot do enough, whereas the woman feels she does too much. With a more realistic approach, “The Sorrowful Woman” chooses to not have a “fairy tale” ending. However, A Secret Sorrow chose a heart-warming conclusion. Though the definition of sorrow is similar in both, the outcome reveals which story conveys a truly “sorrowful” theme.
Women still today have to deal with unfair treatment, and powerless rights as in back in the day. Instead of being mistreated unfairly women should be treated with respect, especially for being those who can give life to another human being. Women are looked down for rather to being looked up to. In the play “The Vagina Monologue” by Eve Ensler who shares various monologues of women who have dealt with feminine experiences. and the poem “For The Men Who Still Don't Get It” by Carol Diehl male dominance in society have standards to how a women should be represented but man do not accept the fact that women are as much the same as men.
While both the poem “Barbie Doll” and prose “Girl” show this sexual discrimination, they clearly distinguish themselves in the way American women are raised in comparison to Antiguan women. American women are more commonly victimized based on aesthetics, whereas Antiguans are criticized on capabilities to run a household. It is most disturbing to see how such a large percentage of the global population can be completely marginalized. Considering so many years have passed, and that people have progressed to become more accepting of women for who they are, one would expect everyone to be treated fairly. There is no just reason to explain why women are considered to be second class to men.
1. Three political issues that are most evident for women during the 1960’s and 1970’s Chicana/o Movement are oppression, machismo, and control over their bodies. Chicana’s encountered oppression from La Raza because they focused on getting equal rights for the men and completely put the women’s needs aside. Women were not accepted by the leaders in the Chicano Movement or the Anglo establishment (Vidal 22). Chicana’s experienced machismo within the Chicano Movement because they were seen useful only to perform sexual activities or support the men.