Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd Section A: Lily Owens is fourteen years old and lives alone with her father, a peach farmer, in Sylvan, South Carolina. Her father is very abusive and does not believe her stories about the bees in the walls of her bedroom. Rosaleen, Lily’s nanny, believes Lily but also thinks that is acting foolish trying to catch the bees. The mood of the story is very sad. Lily’s mother died when she was just four years old.
Her parents never realized that after every meal Rachel would secretly go to the bathroom upstairs and throw up everything she had eaten. Her father would beat her up and treat her like trash and her mother would just stand there and not say a word because she was weak and always did as Rachel’s dad said. In her kindergarten class, Rachel treated all the other little girls with rudeness, anger, and jealousy towards anyone who was better than her. She often spent her days in the principal’s office because of her strong character and misbehaviors. Rachel grew up, went through her dating stage, and then finally met a wonderful man that she could not picture herself without; a caring, positive, supportive husband that goes by the name of Tim.
In the article "Family Guy and Freud: Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious" Antonia Peacocke describes how the jokes in Family Guy if looked at deeper than just face value actually have a more insightful meaning. Before going into this the author describes the hardships of the television show Family Guy, having been cancelled twice. She later uses this to show how "high profile" the show is by saying "Most importantly,each time it was cancelled fans provided the brute force necessary to get it back on the air." (261). She uses different numbers and awards to show how devoted the shows fans are and how well the show is actually doing.
School serves as a formal socialization for most children. Formal socialization is socialization occurring in settings intentionally designed for socialization. Teachers will address the class as “boys and girls.” Also gender is common way teachers separate students (i.e. games and competitions). It is at school that children begin to learn lessons about the relationships between the genders in society.
Rayona hates it more than anything that when she goes anywhere, people poke fun at her and make racial remarks to her which makes her feel insecure about herself. When Ray meets Foxy for the first time, Father Tom introduces her and Foxy says, “Your Christine’s kid…The one whose father is a nigger” (Dorris 44). Not only does Rayona have to deal with racism her mother is always putting her in bad situations. There has been quite a few times where Christine has attempted to leave Ray and told her that she wanted to commit suicide. One time in the very beginning of the story Elgin goes to visit Christine in the hospital, Rayona had not seen him in 5 months and Christine did not want to tell him about her sickness.
He works at a grocery store, whose business is threatened by the newly opened supermarket. Gilberts’ mother, who was once the town sweetheart, has not stopped eating since her husband hanged himself in the basement, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in. His elder sister Amy still mourns the death of Elvis and the fact that her boyfriend dumped her. Ellen, the younger sister who is hooked on makeup and boys, quarrels relentlessly with him. The biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes
(Al-Ghafari) Some gender roles confine both sexes to traditional duties and responsibilities. Media plays a role in constructing gender roles and in presenting the image of the girl as a woman, and the boy as a man that has different roles. (Al-Ghafari) Media can play a significant part in transmitting a society’s culture to children. The way in which gender is portrayed contributes to the images that children develop about their own roles in society. Gender bias can be seen in books, movies and television shows, for example, evil female characters, such as the stepmother and the ugly witch.
Education according to Althusser reproduces inequality by preparing pupils for work in the wider society. School contribute to training pupils so they learn the rules and procedures of the workplace, and it helps to prepare us to accept the bourgeoisie’s ideologies. The process in which we learn to accept inequality is made up of two elements: the repressive state apparatuses which maintain the rules of the bourgeoisie through fear and force. The police, courts and the army are good examples of services within society that help keep them in power and separate them from the proletariats. Another service is called the ideological state apparatuses which maintain the same role, only they are responsible for controlling individual’s ideologies which include religion, media and the education system.
Gender roles are the behaviours that society teach us as appropriate for boys and girls. These are based on gender stereotypes, which are “assumptions made about the characteristics of each gender, such as physical appearance, physical abilities, attitudes, interests or occupations.” (Gooden and Gooden, 2001). This essay will define and discuss gender and its significance throughout early childhood. Gender socialisation will be related to throughout this discussion as the effects of the family, the school, the media and the peer group on gender socialisation will also be looked at. To conclude the essay, statistics and studies will be discussed with relation to gender role socialisation.
I can recount a personal experience of how differences in language can promote prejudice in gender. I often overhear my male friends’ conversations about relationships. A derogatory term they will often use is “pussywhipped”. A man is “pussywhipped” when their female counterpart possesses the dominance in the relationship. The term is a vulgar insult and is usually associated with lack of masculinity.