The perceived self is powerful because it reflects who you are. These women had been under so much abuse that it changed their perceived self from the one being victimized to the one causing the problem. This unfortunately is the reason why their experiences had such a lasting effect of them. To me this is the nastiest and most disturbing reality of incest and molestation. The act of incest doesn’t just hurt the victims physical, the real damage is done mentally with the destruction of a woman’s
Grace Marks, in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, is a young woman accused of murdering her master and his mistress, and is based on a true case. Grace Marks is a complex woman, as most of her personal traits are distorted because they are recorded by unreliable sources. These sources are mainly found in the media, such as newspapers, that tend to include inaccurate information rather than facts. Although the novel seems to be about the question of whether or not Grace Marks was guilty or innocent, it is truly about the Victorian notions of femininity. Women were seen as mortal, yet at the same time they were seducers and manipulators.
Examine the portrayal of women and their roles in the poems you have studied in the ‘scars upon my heart’ anthology. In the poem ‘The jingo woman’ written by Helen Hamilton, she talks about her dislike of a woman who feels it is her duty to punish the men who do not go to war, asks her how she can do this with no experience of war. At the beginning of the 1st stanza she describes why she hates the Jingo woman so much, then carries on to question the jingo woman as to who gave her the right to judge these men. She says “the judgement of your eye, the wild, infuriate eye” this suggests that the Jingo woman is a bit crazy, making her view on the men seems wrong as her judgement cannot be trusted. Hamilton goes on to explain why her dislike of the jingo woman is so strong; “you make all women seem church duffers!” she implies the Jingo woman is seen as unintelligent, criticising why her opinions are wrong and that this view of her is being applied to all women.
Women’s Prison Subculture: An Analysis and Comparison to Men’s Prisons Breione R. Nora Southern University Of New Orleans Abstract In the 18th century society, one that placed such heavy emphasis on traditional roles, to be a criminal was seen as a greater violation of the female sex role than that of the male. Back in times where society generally expected a woman to present herself as a “lady”, it was perceived that for her to be a criminal, she must have had to be either crazy (commonly referred to as “mad“) or just inherently evil. This, along with the fact that women were considered property, contributed to the substandard treatment of women in corrections. Throughout the 19th century, female prisoners were generally incarcerated
This is the part of the story that I disliked. I noticed that women in "Candide" were often terrorized and sexually abused. This made it difficult for me to get to know the female characters especially when compared to the male characters. Between Cunegonde, the old woman, and Paquette, it made it quite obvious for me to sense the dislike of women within the text. This made me question the reasoning behind why Voltaire might have chosen to depict women in this manner.
She failed to meet the usual characteristics one would expect from a female serial killer. The media frenzy that ensued during this case was immense and as a result, the general public was out for blood. Aileen was quickly labeled a monster, but was she really? Or were the atrocities she suffered as a child so great that she never recovered? Her actions were inexcusable; however, looking over the course of her life, one can’t help but wonder if she were always destined to commit some terrible crimes.
Rita dutifully sought out a way to stop these rumors so she told Maria’s husband that Maria was gossiping about her. While this happened Maria tried to intervene to put her two cents in about Rita’s actions. This only resulted in Maria’s husband instantly hitting her. Being shamed so, Maria and her friends attacked Rita, cutting off her braids and wounding her. “In Mexico as elsewhere, hair cutting for women was a gravely insulting, visible symbol of sexual and social dishonor.” This would reflect upon her husband’s honor as well.
Institutionalized sexism operates in similar ways to institutionalized racism. When companies discriminate against black people in institutionalized racism we find that various occupations tend to screen women out and advantage men because of their sex or gender. Height requirements, size, color, and gender of women can make her ineligible for a job, but a man with the same qualities can be hired. In the article written by Susan Greenfield, “Still hard to be a woman,” she explains that, “assumptions are made about you solely based on being a woman.” Susan used the term pigeon –holed to describe one form of institutionalized sexism. This meaning that, “Being confined to a job their male employers thought they would be good at
Women have habitually been identified as the inferior gender. Over time, women have made history and struggled for the same liberty and rights as men. With the Equal Rights Amendment pushing through, women were given the chance to be alongside men in the workplace, therefore pushing the stereotypes of housewives and caretakers off of their plates. In the article “Limbo for U.S. Women Reporting Iraq Assaults,” published February 13,2008 in The New York Times, the bigoted author, James Risen, journals on the recent reports, made by U.S. women, of the sexual assaults in Iraq. It tells the story of Jamie Jones and Mary Beth Kineston.
These so-called "comfort women" are another example of institutionalized sexual violence against women during wartime. Sexual violence is sometimes viewed as a way to destroy male and community pride or humiliate men who cannot "protect" their women. It is also used to silence women who are politically active, or simply inflict terror upon the population at large. Mass rapes may also form part of a genocidal strategy, designed to impose conditions that lead to the destruction of an entire group of people. For example, during the 1990s, the media reported that "rape and other sexual atrocities were a deliberate and systematic part of the Bosnian Serb campaign for victory in the war" in the former