Winifred Morgan’s article, “Gender-Related Difference in the Slave Narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass”, examines multiple fundamental differences between male and female slave narratives. Morgan says, “However, given the pervasive impact of the ‘social organization of the relationship between sexes’, gender influenced even the way in which bondage was experienced; men and women experienced it in different ways.” (n.pag) Women in slavery not only faced dehumanization, but sexual harassment and rape as well. A slave woman dealing with these aspects daily could break down their life into pieces and destroy their personhood for their whole life. Jacobs writes, “The remembrance fills me with sorrow and shame. It pains me to tell you the truth, and I will do it honestly, let it cost me what it may.
The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one explores the difference between gender roles. Glaspell exerts the repression of women in the 1900s. During that time, women were highly looked down upon by men, and were only seen as the housekeepers and child bearers. This example is displayed throughout the play with the men, however, the women in this play prove that the stereotypes of gender roles held against them are completely wrong, which is shown through the characters, set design, and symbolism.
The protagonists in the novel are constantly being abused physically and mentally by their cynical husband. With this theme he also explores the inequality among men and women. Hosseini uses his powerful words to describe the horrors that women undergo through during their marriage. The theme of Spousal abuse also allows the reader to recognize and understand men 's superiority in
This made men fearful that their women would be unfaithful; women were at this time considered property, after all, little more than chattle whores. Marriage in ancient Greece was seen as a form of prostitution or sexual slavery, where wives were expected to provide sexual favours to their husbands in return for being taken care of. Wives were often kept away from other men as a result, and eventually this led to women rooming together, in cloistered fashion, when men were gone. Through the Victorian age, female sexuality became completely repressed, and the common view was that women 's sexual appetite was smaller than that of men. The picture of the cold and frigid, virginal and pure woman became the norm.
In both scenarios, both fictitious and not, women are seen to be weak and must remain silent in order to survive. The empowered know and abuse this cyclical system. By utilizing harmful gender stereotypes, men can oppress women from places of power by enforcing stereotypes to be societal norms; this puts pressure on women to conform because they do not want to be seen as an outcast and be isolated from society, forcing them to fulfill the oppressive roles assigned to them by a patriarchy. Margaret Atwood constructed a society that demonstrated how men in power were utilizing gender roles for their own personal gain. For instance, the Republic of Gilead was a society that focused on the stereotypes of women being obedient
Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, belittling of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. Compared with anti-woman sexism (hatred or fear of, or strong prejudice against men), misogyny is usually regarded as directed against women by some men, though women can also hold misogynistic
Woman has been worshipped as a Mother, as a goddess, as Nature and at the same time, she is condemned as a Witch and as a Seductress. She has rarely been perceived simply as a ‘Human Being’. Thus, there is a duality in the projection of female in literature. Females are oppressed and exploited in our society as it remains culturally patriarchal in spite of democracy. The men have internally colonized the minds of women, often making them aware of the limitations.
At most it suggests distal inﬂuence by males, with the proximal inﬂuences on speciﬁc women’s and girls’ sexuality being female. General Discussion The cultural suppression of female sexuality is of considerable interest both in its own right and as an important instance of cultural inﬂuence over sexual behavior. On the basis of previous writings, we identiﬁed two major theories regarding the source of this suppression. One of them depicted men as conspiring to suppress female sexuality, as a way of controlling women, ensuring peace and order in society, and reducing the risk of wifely inﬁdelity. The other theory depicted women as cooperating to restrict each other’s sexuality, mainly as a way of ensuring that the exchange of sex for other
men who believe that their wives belong to them, have to take care of them and be responsible for all work in the house, and are also be always available for them to release their sexual needs and society's attitudes about gender roles and expected men as leaders. There are other behaviors and characteristics of some men like alcohol and drug use. Alcohol and drugs are the major cases of domestic violence against women because it makes people lose control and allows the abuser to justify his abusive behavior as a result of alcohol and drugs. While an abuser’s use of
Feminist have challenged patriarchal knowledge, ideology, values and its practice. Despite a range of common themes within feminists in understanding patriarchy,some of the feminists do not like the term ‘Patriarchy’ for various reasons, so that they prefer the term “Gender” and “Gender Oppression”. Michele Barrett argues that the term patriarchy assumes that the relation of men and women is unchanging and universalistic. She suggested that it can only be appropriate if it defined very narrowly and refers to specific aspects of ideological relations which those of Father- Daughter relationship (Barrett 1980). The use of term often involves confusion between ‘Patriarchy’ as men’s domination of women.