Feminism Essay

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The Discrimination against Women Identities Throughout history, female were considered lesser beings and nothing more than the property of their husband. In the short story, Blank Spaces by Joanna Cockerline, the acknowledgment of female being inferior creatures in comparison to men is highlighted. Struggle against misfortunes, Elizabeth is oppressed by the social inequality due to the fact that she is a girl. In Blank Spaces, the social inequality implied by the narrative severely impacts Elizabeth’s career hierarchy, character traits, and life experiences. Like many feminist writer, Cockerline focuses her emphasis on how social norm discriminate women by inhibit their job opportunities. Throughout the history, social norm restricts women’s power by only allow them to contribute to certain job tasks such as maid, cook, and house keeper. In the beginning of the story, Elizabeth’s father “refuses[s] to pay her school fees” since “his wife had finally birthed a son” directly supports the idea that men are more superior to women. Since education is one of the key elements that lead to better chances of having a job, the narrator eliminates this opportunity to contribute to Elizabeth’s misfortune. Furthermore, the narrator indicates “[i]t can be a hard place for a young girl” in Nairobi continues to foreshadow of how Elizabeth will become a sex worker. Meanwhile, the narrator uses many writing styles to refer on how social conventions manipulate Elizabeth’s characteristics in ruthless ways. The narrative is written where many information and descriptions are left out intentionally to reflect on Elizabeth’s emotions being emptied out by her miserable experiences. Without indication of Elizabeth being raped by her school teacher, the statement “her father caught the silhouette of her belly” indirectly tells the reader the truth of Elizabeth being sexually assaulted.

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