Women should not be assigned their husband’s title, should not be assigned one at all as there are inferior in every aspect to the opposite sex. The Number-Two human race should only regard their home and only be educated in religion and read only of virtue and cooking. Perhaps even as Schopenhauer proposed a man should be permitted to take a second wife as there are occasions when a man can be stuck with only his wife who may be ill, barren, or too old, as polygamy only benefits women as well. Women who become widowed can often inherit money or land, where if they are even allowed to control such things, they should be appointed a counselor to it so they do not waste it along with the fortune. Schopenhauer claimed that women should never be left to control their children alone either, due to their short-lived, initial connection to their children in comparison to their husband’s.
Did you not know that men are the true creators in our culture, Mother? They mould our lives and destinies according to their whims and desires’. (The Holy Woman, p.88) The Holy Woman, by Qaisra Shahraz, encapsulates the restrictions on the lives of women living under patriarchy. The Holy Woman highlights how the powerful social structures and feudal customs, centred on female body and sexuality, restrict women and are difficult to challenge. These customs and tradition are often nurtured, strengthened and kept alive through violent and unjust actions centred on women.
1.1 Background of the study Since the beginning of time, traditional gender stereotyping has been carrying a strong impact and influence on the division of roles between men and women, at home, in the workplace and in society at large. Scott (1986) defines gender as “a constitutive element of social relationships based on perceived differences between sexes and a primary way to signifying relationships of power. In many differing aspects, gender stereotypes have wide-ranging effects in society and are considered as being detrimental to the lives of both, women and men. They restrict people’s freedom and limit their choices. In 2012, a report on Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU, which was presented in the European Parliament released that women are still depicted as the ones who handle the house, looking after their children and husband whilst men are depicted as the breadwinners.
Chauvinism and Feminism in Handmaid’s tale Introduction This paper explores the relations between patriarchy and class in the context of a dystopian society which is very well depicted by Attwood. In this sense, how patriarchy is used against women. Debates appeared when society acquired language and now a days is still a hot debate. Radical, feminists point men as the 'main enemy’ and they say that, patriarchy is considered as a form of domination imposed by men on women. Feminists are dealing with how to understand the relations between patriarchy and how to confront, oppose male chauvinism in the ruling class.
Or are men genetically hardwired to treat women as playthings once they acquire power? Feminists are now calling Weinstein the poster-child of an immovable patriarchy that has long oppressed women around the world. While international law guarantees women economic and civic equality, men resist treating them
Instead of balancing the duties to keep up the house between all the siblings or even leaving them to one of the older brothers, Mabel is expected and does take up this responsibility despite her young age at the time. A final example of man vs. society conflict comes when Dr. Ferguson realizes his “love” for Mabel. One of his first thoughts after doing this is what would everyone think. He understands that being a doctor and marrying someone much lower in class would be frowned upon (Lawrence 464). This example reveals that the unwritten “rules of society” say that a marriage between Mabel and Dr. Ferguson should not happen.
Malala Yousafzai is born in Swat, Pakistan. Their society, Pashtuns believes in gender stereotypes and thus doesn’t celebrates her birth. But there is a stark contrast between mindset of her family and the tribe. They supports her for everything from scratch. Her father, Ziauddin has an ambition to open up a school and educate the children which he eventually does.
The “macho- code” was forced down his throat when Albert asks him to beat Sofia to reinstate his power in the family and “…. make Sofia mind.”(Walker, 35) This depicts how patriarchy works both ways and can be restrictive of both men and women.
The play The and Lion the Jewel set in the village of Ilujinle in West Africa describes the cultural conflict between tradition and modernity. The illiterate of Ilujinle, Sidi, Baroka, his wives and the villagers stands for tradition and the literate, the school teacher , influenced by western ways alone stands for modernity in a conservative village. The play also highlights Yoruba traditions like marriage, bride- price, polygamy and dance. The village Ilujinle is ruled by the bale Baroka. He is a little tyrant, but he is careful to see that he does not invite the attention of the government at Lagos by any breach of law.
It is very evident in the plays of Karnad where the women struggle with vision in their minds set against the established norms, the patterns of society and culture, and their agencies perish. As regards male dominance, the plays of Girish Karnad reflect on the intricacies of patriarchal code where women are destined to be in peripheral position. In his plays, Yayati, Bali: The Sacrifice, Hayavadana and Naga-Mandala, the men try to exert their monopoly over their women in various ways and try to retain their hold over them. Some of Karnad’s women are victims of patriarchal system and male dominance exercised through the institution of marriage. Chitralekha, Padmini and Rani have been married against their desire.