In Maycomb, Scout is not the average girl. She is a tomboy, who loves overalls, playing with the boys, and fighting. During this time, women were supposed to act proper and wear dresses and not fight others; it was the unwritten code of women. On page 69, Jem declares that Scout is becoming more of a lady everyday. Although Scout denies it, she starts acting and dressing differently throughout the novel.
Hence, Celia reluctantly traps herself at home every day to maximum her chance of becoming pregnant. Chopping down the mimosa tree symbolizes that Celia successfully overcomes the social norms and decides to take control of her own life. In addition, Celia’s action of chopping down the mimosa tree demonstrates Celia’s character development. Earlier in the book, Celia’s detestation of mimosa tree is mentioned several times; however, she is afraid of chopping down the mimosa tree as doing strenuous physical activity may causes miscarriage. After the Benefit, Minny’s story gives Celia the courage to overcome the gender stereotype and express the true aspect of herself.
She believes that it pushed her daughter to want to play dress up and to be fragile or to like the color pink like every other girl because that is how girls are, they like to follow the example in front of them, but is that true? Can a girl not make up her own mind and decided to like what she wants to? Orenstein begins to argue that gender norms are an evil and that they are the root cause of self image issues, anorexia, and
In the title of the book To Kill a Mockingbird, gender roles play a big part in the time that the book was written. There are many examples of people being told what they could and couldn’t do based on their gender, and insults thrown around that are gender-based. One example of gender roles in the book are Jem’s comments on Scout’s behavior, especially when Jem and Dill are about to break into the radley’s. As they are discussing it, and Scout comes up and starts pestering them about what they are doing, Jem remarks that Scout is “gettin’ more like a girl every day!” pg. 53.
Even though Miss Skeeter’s mother always portrayed Miss Skeeter as odd and as slightly ugly, other people always seemed to gravitate to Miss Skeeter’s inner beauty like Constantine, Miss Hilly, and Steward. It is funny how society defines beauty, but individuals within a society do not fail to identify true beauty which is inner beauty. Miss Skeeter’s inner beauty definitely came from her long and close relationship with Constantine, Miss Skeeter’s childhood maid. However, Berber’s discussion began a consideration of; what would Miss Skeeter be like if any variable was different in Miss Skeeter’s life? Would Miss Skeeter be the same if her family was different, yet Constantine was the same?
It doesn’t only matter what a woman says and how she performs but what dress she’s wearing, if she looks tired, what her hair looks like, and inevitable what man is standing behind her. This scene was so powerful because as women it is something we are dealing with every day and where some shows would shy away, Shonda brings it to the forefront. Finishing out the trifecta is How to Get Away with Murder. This is a newer show created by Shonda, only in its second season. Each character in this series is so different, so unique.
She had to grow up as a young lady, and live up to the expectations of women of all ages. In her story, the expectations of females in the South reflected on many people and characters. Young Scout was not willing to be more ladylike, but her Aunt Alexandra wanted to raise her properly like her mother would have. “Ladies in bunches always filled...[Scout] with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere, but this feeling was what Aunt Alexandra called being “spoiled”” (Lee 229). Women were expected to wear dresses and sit up straight while sitting.
Throughout decades the roles of women in society constantly evolves. However, society continues to limit the natural progression of women, who want more for themselves. In “Why Women Smile” by Amy Cunningham and in “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan, both discuss how the majority of time, women are always expected to act on the role given to them by society. Due to these notions that are set by society, the social roles of women have not progressed to their full potential. In the article, “Why Women Smile” Cunningham argues the significance behind a fake smile put on by women around the world, in order to mask their true feelings.
Other young women of the time, such as Skeeter’s friends, are happily married and obsess over dresses or tea parties, while Skeeter prefers not to be associated with most of these things. Instead Skeeter follows her own dreams and set individual goals. In the book her friends and family constantly beg her to act and dress in a much more feminine way. This is once shown in the novel as her mother restlessly nags Skeeter about finding a husband. Skeeter first says, “Would it really be so terrible if I never met a husband?”, to which her mother replies, “Don’t.
During this time many magazines and advertisements pushed the image that women were supposed to be happy housewives, with a white picket fence, and kissing their husbands off to work. In Friedan’s piece she stated, “And the women’s magazines, deploring the unhappy statistics about these young marriages, urged that courses on marriage, and marriage counselors, be installed in the high schools” (p. 10). This shows that America was pushing for women in this age to marry young and produce children even if she is unhappy with her marriage. Betty Friedan’s stance on this lifestyle for women was that is was destructive to a woman’s identity and belief in herself. In her piece she interviewed a woman who stated, “I begin to feel I have no personality.