After skimming through Volume 1 of The Norton Anthology Literature by Women, I noticed the reoccurring themes of patriarchy, women subordination, and the strength to be creative despite oppression. During the times that these literary pieces were written, women were constantly battling the patriarchy in order to get basic rights. During the earlier time periods, intelligence was seen as a sign of an evil spirit in a woman, resulting in miniscule amounts of literary works written by women. Women were not provided with equal spaces to creatively express themselves, as mentioned by Virginia Woolf. Moreover, they were not given the same publishing opportunities, many women either went anonymous or by a fake male name to have their works published.
women for some time have been misunderstood in Hollywood. The lack of knowledge directors and screenwriters had of Latina women were minimal. Our society believed that the way Latina women acted and looked like in film and media was the way every Latina women was supposed look like.Latinas’ identity is simultaneously shaped by their female gender and their Hispanic ethnicity. Therefore, they face a ‘double jeopardy’ because their identity is partially formed by both sexual and racial stereotypes (Beale). The stereotypes that are often showcased in film and media are the temptress, the “ghetto” Latina, the spitfire, the tough Latina, the maid, the conservative Latina, and the clown.
No one had to ask could everything about Henrietta be released, but it was released without incident. But it took 20+ years for the information about Henritetta’s cells. It was still illegal for the doctors to take her cells and have their way with them, without her consent. These doctors and scientist did not really care about Henrietta because she was a colored women. Things would have a lot different if Henrietta was a white women with cancer.
Sophocles, the writer of Antigone, shows discrimination towards woman through sex, abilities, and significance. There are three women presented in this play: Ismene, Antigone, and Eurydice. Antigone is the protagonist, yet the other characters do not play an imperative part which demonstrates that Sophocles doesn't take much thought towards women. The play implies a law being broken and an inappropriate outcome of the action, which causes piqué within Creon, the king, and the other opponents. A standout among the other characters is Antigone, she infringed upon the law of Creon for the burial of Polyneices and this is a major circumstance in the play.
In the article “Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs,” published in The American Prospect in November 2009, Sady Doyle argues that it is not fair to criticize Twilight book because of its fan base, who are almost teenage girls. She emphasizes that the criticism focus more on the feminists than on the contents of the movie. Fan girls of Twilight are called "Twi-Hards" and usually described by squealing, shrieking and making loudly, but it is not necessary to see them ridiculously. Compared with other books, Die Hard or Tom Clancy novel has many people do not like it, but none of these books is mocked. There is a backlash of the Harry Potter since this book seems as an example of cultural "dumbing-down."
Our society does not ban books like the society in Fahrenheit 451. Our society today just does not read the books. They do not see the meaning behind them. Everyone wants the bigger and the better, they don’t have time to comprehend a 400-page novel. They want to read what other people have to gossip about on social media.
Secret© Stress Test for Women made a commercial for deodorant featuring a women preparing to speak to her superior about the wage gap. To point out, the nation is publicly aware of the wage gap, yet they refuse to take action. Furthermore, women are also sexually harassed at work. “Of those who said they had experienced sexual harassment at work, a full seventy percent said they never reported it” (Berman 1). Gender Bias also effects media advertising, news casting, films, books, music videos, and television.
The male patients often comment on her womanly figure, speaking about her ‘big, womanly breasts’ (Kesey, 1962), and asking ‘just what was the actual inch-by-inch measurement on them great big ol ' breasts that she did her best to conceal but never could’ (Kesey, 1962). Similarly to Erin Brockovich, Nurse Ratched’s physical features and gender is seen to determine her personal character. Within the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Kesey, 1962) the idea of nurse’s sexuality cannot be used to her advantage, but rather is used to undermine her authority. Nurse Ratched is a minority in power within the society operating inside the mental asylum, and in the outside world she is seen as a second classes citizen as a result of her gender. Therefore, the unconventional power displayed by Nurse Ratched is her confidence in her position of power, and her dominant and firm personality.
With this situation at hand, a new group of women was born: flappers. Flappers revolted against society, doing exactly what was not expected of women, such as smoking or wearing revealing dresses which lacked seemingly desirable curves (BBC). Flappers felt that they should be more equal to men, and have the diverse social life many men were accustomed to. With power in numbers, women finally got the right to vote (NCpedia). These changes were a brave start, but women in America still had a long journey to go, and many remained unemployed housewives due to the sexism glorified by the public and popular women’s magazines.
A good example is the way female leaders are treated by the media. Female leaders are constantly disrespected and sexualized in the media. The vulgar jokes made about Sara Palin to the petty comments on Hilary Clintons looks. These messages are powerful to young women because it shows how the American public doesn 't take female leadership seriously or women in general. The harmful effects of the medias message on gender are everywhere from the number of eating disorders to the lack of females in STEM jobs.
However, many feminists were outraged that Hurston displayed the problem of abuse so lightly. They claimed she downplayed the severity of husbands abusing their wives. In Hurston’s novel, Janie starts as a young
Feminism considered being a topic in today’s society that is still very controversial. Mainly my generation, those in their “40’s”, remember feminism as women burning their bras, demanding the right to vote, this is how it was referenced back when I was in my teens. Also, there are the misconceptions that feminists do not want to have their car door open, their bills paid, doors held open just pretty much feminism in our generation is considered to be against gallantry. Those misconceptions are the ones that are still creating a barrier against feminism, because many still considered feminism a concept that goes against American Culture. The truth is that Feminism is pro women having the same rights as men everywhere and in everything.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation successfully conveys the dangers that are associated with the demeaning methods the media uses to displace women from inspiring, valued positions and the effects of it on the American female population. The documentary explores the negative portrayal of women in the press and Hollywood, lack of female participation in major fields, and the side effects of the antifeminist movements on impressionable, young girls that have become highly visible through the media. The documentary reports of how even the most casual hints of misogyny distort the public’s values and expectations for women. The targeted audience is everyone because society can only right its wrongs by working and empowering together. However, Miss Representation does emphasize that young women in particular were the most important group of their intended audience.
Due to the fact that she is a woman, Burkett is rather sensitive towards how people characterize her gender and makes the reader feel sympathy and she says, “I have fought for many of my 68 years against efforts to put women — our brains, our hearts, our bodies, even our moods — into tidy boxes, to reduce us to hoary stereotypes.” Burkett has spent a large portion of her life putting effort into how others viewed women and the transgender community is putting all of her effort to waste. Also, Burkett says, “The ‘I was born in the wrong body’ rhetoric favored by other trans people doesn’t work any better and is just as offensive, reducing us to our collective breasts and vaginas.” Burkett is conveying her feelings towards the transgenders’ excuses saying that although they claim that they have always been a woman on the inside, they are not entitled to calling themselves as such because they haven’t faced the difficulties that women who have always been a woman
The movie demonstrated how institutions defined womens through showing how the men in the movie more or less went “we don’t like this about women, so anyone has these traits must have a disorder.” Charlotte repeatedly told Dr. Granville what she realized was “wrong,” with the women and the absurdity of treatment of it. However, every time, Granville brushed her off, informing her that because he was a doctor, he knew more about women than her, a woman. The men of the movie were too blinded by their own notions and ideologies to look past their ignorance. Granville soon became what he had fled from at the beginning of the movie. He left his job due to his superior’s willful ignorance, and soon became just as ignorant himself in the pursuit of his dream.