Throughout history, women have had to fight against stigma and stereotypes in society. In every era, from the ancient world to present day, females have been persecuted and taken advantage of due to their gender. In our previous set of readings, the female protagonists were strong characters who defied weak stereotypes, but were still viewed as lesser beings than men. In our second group of readings, where were written more recently, women saw a slight increase in their sovereignty. All depict women as powerful figures who use their wits to make a better life for themselves.
Susan Dominus is one of the victims, but she doesn't consider herself one. Other women that are like Susan step up and she's amazed by their courage to do so, she never talked about her encounter not even to her husband. They come up with new code words for women to use, but most no language that you use may not completely protect them. Being sexually assaulted will never leave
I couldn 't be bothered with that. I am going to be a doctor and everybody around here better understand that!”(Hansberry 50). Beneatha is a headstrong woman who speaks only truth. She does not care what others think. Beneatha has a dream and is not going to let anybody stop her.
B. "Tell him nothing of my decisions, if you care for the well-being of your mistress and are a real woman." (Lines 822-823) C. Don’t tell him about my plans, if you care about the well-being of your mistress and are a real woman. D. If you are a real woman you wont tell on another woman that is in trouble. E. This relates to the topic because it shows that the women feel like they need to stand up for each other against men.
Traditionally, women are considered as feeble and inferior and Ismene is represented by these characteristics. Even at the danger of challenging a man’s authority, Antigone believes that a woman should stick to her morals. Ismene disputes that because she and Antigone are women, they lack the power to defy the states. She implies, “We are women and we do not fight with men… and I’ll obey the men in charge”. Ismene is under the impression that being born a woman is somehow a subsequent condition with men being “stronger”.
According to Helen Lawrenson, “If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted - there is practically nothing she can't do.” Women in history have been limited and bound in different aspects of their lives in the past. They are confined to meet certain and precise standards for marriage, to raise a family, and also in the work field. In The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Myrtle Wilson, all women living during the flapper 1920’s style that embodied the real women of the time which F. Scott Fitzgerald (got?) his characteristics from. Ginevra King, Zelda Syra, and Edith Cummings influenced Fitzgerald’s view of the world and women throughout his life.
Jordan lives independently and is in control of her life. She does what she wants and is not concerned about other people’s opinions. Jordan also is the complete opposite of women like Daisy because she does not like “being at a disadvantage” which means she wants to be the dominant one and have control over herself(58). Jordan also has “demands of her...body” which hints that Jordan is not the purest woman(58)). She does not care about chastity and the old ways, and instead she embraces the new age and creates her own rules.
Nevertheless, she does not try to actually make a difference and tackle any patriarchic beliefs and / or sexism nor does she want to be associated with being a feminist. This role is exclusively left to Shazzer: She voices her opinion on male privilege and dominance in our society very directly and loudly which is why she tends to be seen as a “ranting”, angry woman from the outside (e.g. from Bridget and her friends or her coworker) – much like the image of a “strident feminist” Bridget is describing in the beginning. She seems to fit the stereotypical version of a man-hating and bra-burning feminist that would like nothing more than to ban men completely from society in many ways as she always points out how men are responsible for everything. When it comes to her love life though, Shazzer cannot completely follow her radical feminist belief and act as though having to wait for a call from a potential love interest had no effect on her.
In the short story, “Girl”, by Jamaica Kincaide, she shows that the female authority figure who is giving the advice thinks she is helping the girl she is speaking to, but is actually hurting her by providing harsh advice. Directly speaking about the main point of the story, the female authority figure says, “...this is how to behave in the presence of men who don’t know you very well and this way they won’t recognize immediately the slut I have warned you against becoming…”. This shows that the advice being given to the girl is about social status and making sure other people don’t think poorly of women. If a woman does something to be considered a slut then their social status will decrease. The woman providing the advice believes that success is more