Gender Roles In Herland

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Gender roles are behaviors, attitudes, and actions that are considered socially acceptable for that specific gender. They are created by man, and often the man holds the more prevailing role. In Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author portrays a matriarchal utopia, in which the women create a stable country with no war, hatred, or violence. This society is undermined by Terry, Jeff, and Van. Three men who enter the society and question the untraditional gender roles present in the utopia. Furthermore, in the film Stepford Wives by Frank Oz, men create a society in which women are inferior and as a result are content to their traditional role to be perfect housewives. Moreover, the article “Pakistani Women Move Beyond Traditional…show more content…
In all three sources, the males use violence as a tactic to enforce traditional roles among women and prolong control. In the article, Pakistani women are a witness of violence on a daily basis, and this violence is mainly constructed towards them. Several husbands and fathers abuse or threaten their wives and daughters regularly, and emplace fear within them. This fear is especially shown in the article by a woman named, “Savida, who declined to give her family name [to the community center] because she feared violence from her husband” (Mekhennet). This signifies that violence is the root of fear that results in women to conform to their traditional roles, as they fear the consequences of disobedience. Thus, allowing males to sustain inequality. Additionally, in the novel, women have no violence in their utopian society; there is only peace and love that creates a harmonious sisterhood. The lack of jealousy and fights induces Terry to become irritated with this society. As well as, Alima’s lack of interest within him results in more frustration that leads him to “hide himself under her bed one night… [and there] was the noise of a tremendous struggle” (132 Gilliam). Terry’s attempt to rape Alima reveals the violence within men that causes them to become wild animals that pursue their prey by attack. Regardless of the strength and morality of woman in Herland, once a man provokes violence onto them, they become weak and in order to prevent violence they tend to become inferior to the man and abide by their traditional roles, allowing him to become their master, and thus inequality is sustained. Moreover, in the film, the men mentally abuse their wives by blaming them for their inferiority complexes. As well as, hold them responsible for creating Stepford. The mental abuse is portrayed when Walter says, “Ever since we met,

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