“I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, [Alexandra] said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” (Lee 67). Aunt Alexandra expects Scout to fit into the role of a woman, even at such a young age. Another example of the harsh standards placed on Scout is shown when Alexandra is having tea with her friends in chapter 24. Miss Stephanie says, “well, you won’t get very far until you start wearing dresses more often”
Stephanie Rosenbloom argues the message and logical reasoning for, “Why have so many girls grown up to trade in Wonder Woman costumes for little more than Wonderbras?”(165). She drives the readers to reflect upon their own experiences on the night of
It is no secret that the Dress codes target girls, to the dress codes being exposing bra straps, showing collarbone, wearing a simple tank top, dyeing hair, and piercings. When girl are told to be modest they are being sexualized. There should be nothing wrong with a girl wearing a comfortable shirt to school; but of course the shirt shows parts of the students’ collarbone, she cannot wear it again to school. For boys it’s simply your pants are too low pull them up and be on your way. On the other hand girls are taken out of their classes to call home for another pair of clothes.
Natural hair wasn’t deemed as beautiful or professional. For many years, African American women began to relax their daughter’s hair at young ages just to be conventional in society. Many celebrities such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj are examples of women who are looked up to and encourage young girls to think that long, straight hair is the only way to look beautiful. Celebrities such as Lauryn Hill, Christte Michelle, and Solange encourage young girls to embrace their natural beauty. This controversial topic of whether natural hair is a movement or just another trend is very prominent today.
Frankie not only spouts off feminism throughout the story, she lives it, by taking matters into her own hands, and deciding to become a sort-of member of the secret society. Actually, she becomes a sort-of leader of the society. But she also recognizes that not every girl wants to be a leader of the society. Not every girl wants to start a revolution, nor does every girl feel the need to do so to be a feminist. And Frankie even ends the novel recognizing her flaws, and recognizing that the things she did might not have had the big change in her society that she would have liked, but that in subtle ways, maybe she helped pave the way.
Pg.69). This quote represents the fear that scout shows while trying to hide her femininity. It shows that scout believes that women have a minuscule amount of power, and that she needs to act like a boy for her to even be recognized by Jem as a member of the group. Gender equality is not fully intact, as shown explicitly throughout the novel. Scout is not the only woman who feels the impact of sexism in the novel.
People questioned whether women dress for themselves or for men. This questioning lead to blaming women for “distracting” men when in reality, no one should be blamed. The beauty new standard was to be thin, with a pale skin tone, dressing modestly yet still fancy. This meant wearing dresses. Even though women were beginning to focus on their physical appearance, dressing in a revealing matter was not
Another difference is the fact that Scout was well liked for the most part, compared to Anna, where she explains how she would be watched by others in her town. Lastly ,Scout along with her brother ended up in a life threatening dilemma where as in Melting Pot Anna’s hardest problem is the fact that her neighbor bumps his/her hard metal music at 3am on the daily basis. As we see there is a variety of differences in these two
When asked by Scout why women cannot serve on juries, Atticus’s guess is that “‘it’s to protect our frail ladies from sordid cases like Tom’s. Besides,’ Atticus grinned, ‘I doubt if we’d ever get a complete case tried– the ladies’d be interrupting to ask questions’” (252). Atticus’s word choice displays exactly what he thinks women are, “frail”, meaning weak and delicate. In Atticus’s mind, these women are so weak that they cannot handle one “sordid” case. Atticus believes that women’s roles are not to be in the courthouse, because if they were, they would “be interrupting to ask questions.”
Women and men could have the career but may not receive the same pay because in Women: More Honest and Hardworking expresses that “Women may have had the same job opportunities as a man, but were not eligible to receive the payment even if both genders complete the equal amount of work” (Haden 2). This allowed the men to stop trying to work so hard because they do not have to prove themselves as a woman would have to work harder to prove they are equal as a man. Women would have to work for their jobs and it still would be tough for these women to move up in a job position. There has been research in the Harvard Business Review that states “there were virtually no differences in the behavior of female employees when compared to their male counterparts” (Marks 2). Society is the reason why women have been treated differently and how women view themselves in the workplace.
Although To Kill A Mockingbird was written in the 1960s, Harper Lee incorporated her views on women and created characters that depicted different views on femininity in the 1930s, like Alexandra who believed in society’s view of a woman, and Miss Maudie, who managed to find a balance between her true self and society’s ideas and images.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird the author characterizes Atticus Finch with intelligence to establish a theme of social justice. Intelligence is needed in society to be able to understand the things going around in the world. Intelligence is knowing what to do is right even when people think you’re wrong.
Injustice; the lack of fairness or justice. Years have passed since everyone officially became equal, but still in this world today there is injustice. Still in this world through some peoples eyes everyone does not look the same. If our world keeps the mindset that they are in today that word will always exist and never go away. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic modern American literature novel and was immediately successful.
To Kill a Mockingbird Black men were charged when they did nothing wrong. They were hung for the color of their skin. They were killed for saying the wrong thing. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was charged with rape just because he was beside a white woman. He was backed up in court by a man named Atticus Finch.