As a result of this, social mobility was limited at this time and people socialised in small circles, with only those of a similar class. Any socialisation out of this was seen as absurd. It was women especially that felt the limitations of the late 18th century/early 19th century, as there were strict expectations of them. Women were seen as possessions of men, and expected to be educated and well behaved, mostly in hope to ensure themselves a husband of wealth in order to further themselves as women did not inherit any land or money from their fathers, this went to the closest male relative. Any kind of acting out of against the expected image of a woman would be seen as shameful and would lead to isolation even further in terms of socialisation and the hope of a husband.
Majority of women in the Middle East aren’t even allowed to work. Regardless of how major or minor the grievances are, we need to change our expectations of women and men. While not widely recognized, men are victims of gender roles too, even in the Middle East, where women are the ones with little to no rights. Gender roles affect all people beginning in childhood and continuing on into adulthood. Our society needs to raise awareness on the effects of gender roles on men and women and start fighting for equal rights instead of just women’s rights, whether it is in the U.S. or in the Middle East.
Wage gap is seen throughout history as a negative aspect as most individuals would think that women work as much as men, maybe even more, yet tend to have a lower salary and worse living conditions. Most of the community however never thought about why wage gap is a good thing but rather accuse firms and governments by pointing out sexism and the suffering of women worldwide. Many studies on the gender wage gap tended to focus on whether sexism is the reason for the wage gap, or if the gap is driven predominantly by the difference between both genders’ human capital attainment.
It also suggests that she misses her past through the use of a rhetorical question which makes the reader feel sympathy for her. In the poems “Medusa” and “Les Grands Seigneurs” both of the poems explore gender conflict through love/relationships and they are both written from a woman’s perspective. In “Les Grands Seigneurs” the character was single and she was able to manipulate men and was “their queen”. We can interpret that she controlled the men through lust. In the poem “Medusa” gender conflict through control is also illustrated when she says: “a suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy”.
Women of Othello and Macbeth Women play a vital role in many of William Shakespeare’s plays. In the plays Othello and Macbeth, the female characters are presented as strong and confident individuals who have a major affect on the plot. This was very unusual for the Elizabethan time period, and Shakespeare broke the stereotypical perception of a woman. In Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces the deceitful and frightening Lady Macbeth. She controls the major events of the story by manipulating her husband.
We as a society may change things, such as laws and how we view women in the workforce, but sexism will always be a part of our society because of stereotyping and men will downplay women in any way we see fit to hold them at a lower lever, because they need power. Men want to feel superior. To give a historical example, jobs that were once held by men, but became dominated by women, wages declined as women became more numerous. This devalued the work that women do both in dollar terms and in more subjective perceptions (pg 276). This issue leads to discrimination against men in the workforce, but this type of discrimination is "positive discrimination" as far as modern feminism is concerned.
In both Antigone and Merchant of Venice, women are minimized and are not taken into account by higher classes. Portia, in Shakespeare’s work, has more ability to solve problems rather Antigone and Ismene in Antigone. This is because Creon, king of Thebes, desires “weak women” who are “not framed to contend with men”. Creon views women in a much lower level where they are not able to do anything. He believes their opinions are immoral and that they don’t have the ability to rule a city.
Women are more often target of sexism; men can be victims of sexist assumptions. Examples of sexism directed against men are the assumption that men should not be employed in certain female dominated occupations, such as a nurse or elementary school teacher. The belief is that somehow more harmful for families when female soldiers are killed in battle than male soldiers. Sexism is interwoven with patriarchy- a hierarchical system of social organization in which men control cultural, political and economic structures. By contrast, matriarchy is the hierarchical system of social organization in which women control cultural political and economic structures; however few (if any) societies have been organized in this manner.
When the government does not treat all people equally, it is the right of those who suffer, and not for menial reasons, to refuse allegiance to that government and insist that a new government be chosen. P2 Stanton argued that the history of mankind has shown repeated injuries on part of man toward woman(p.270). This declaration states the feelings of women of the time, whom had no to very little legal rights. Women had no right to own a business, property or land unless single and then she would be taxed to support the government. However, she would only be taxed when her property or land was profitable to the government.
This is not the case for men, as they have many fewer options for style. Men can wear generic shirts and ties, and just have their hair combed over. They are judged by their words and actions, and not by their style. Men can choose to stand out and wear something that will put the attention on them, but they also have the option of blending in. Women are always critiqued and judged based on their appearance.