A streetcar named desire presents a sharp critique of the attitudes towards woman and their roles within society at post-war America. Blanche’s and Stella’s dependence on male companions are strong as they depend on men for both their sustenance and their self-image. Self-appearance is Blanche’s dominant characteristic, she believes to win male attraction and acceptance; a female must act and look a certain way. Inequality in sexes is also a big issue within this play as the male figure is seen to over-power the female figures. Stan is shown as the Alpha male; he holds the position arrogantly within his relationship, which sparks tension between the sexes, typically between Blanche and Stanley.
It states that many women’s focus is on her wardrobe so they can impress the opposite sex as they feel useless if they fail to impress, they also argue that fashion is a more female dominated area, they show that most of the top fashion designers are male ruled and that Radical Feminists such as Germaine Greer believe that all key societies (including fashion) have been found on patriarchy (ruled by men). They believe that men are the enemy and that they bring out clothes that result in the oppression of women and cause them to be exploited for sexual purposes only. They argue that the fashion industry segregate sexes with many popular singers exposing their body for money, this can be the case for Miley Cyrus; where she obtains money by exposing her body. Feminists view this as them doing this to please men and that women are exploited in this sexual way in order for men to find pleasure. They argue that the fashion industry promotes the women’s expressive role of doing the housework, looking after the children and not going out to work while they are used as a sex tool by the fashion industry making clothing which shows many body parts of women’s bodies such as their legs which males will like to look at.
Traditionally, male athletes are supposed to be in rough and tumble sports. They are supposed to be hard bodied, passionate about the game, and willing to play no matter what the circumstances. Women player may be passionate about their game but are smaller in built which is a negative point. Also, the idea that the women will lose their femininity if they play with men is another reason to keep them off the field and out of the ring. For women to be taken seriously in a male dominated sport they have to not only be the best female in the ring, gym, or wherever, they also have to be the best overall athlete.
It’s no wonder that the media has this affect though. When you’re bombarded with countless images of thin models and actresses or muscular men, most people and especially teens are going to view these figure as role models. It also doesn’t help that real life role models such as parents and older siblings often openly obsess about their own weight. Everywhere you turn from friends and peers to clothing shopping ads, you’re surrounded by the popular opinion that you have to look a certain way. These viewpoints are dangerous but almost impossible to avoid.
She also has to have nice skin and if not she can spend a lot of money on facial lotions or other things that make her look better. Also, another important point on this is that men and women have very different worlds: Basically, men do not live in a world in which their bodies are routinely scrutinized, criticized, and judged, whereas women do. Women think that men care more about their body type than their personality. Advertisers are depicted in her talk mirroring. It is complicated to decide whether or not advertisers create a culture because sometimes the media is not the only reason of why society thinks or acts the way it does.
Too many put themselves down everyday about their weight and looks because the media puts such an emphasis on “so called perfection.” Media has a huge influence on society today, especially on teens. It is mental, physical, emotional, and perceptive. Everyone has seen or heard of some type of advertisement promoting some type of beauty product, jewelry, or a new brand of clothing. It is almost impossible to ignore it unless being cut off from the world, which is not realistic. The media influences men’s image issues as well.
I find this topic of interest because it is interesting that after so many years of struggling for equality with males, females have still not found a balance in all aspects of life. I think it’s very unfair that even when playing sports of equal difficulty level, there is a heavy bias towards males when it comes to the paycheque. There is no reason why men should be making ten (or more) times the amount women are for doing the same thing. I hope to find some hope upon my research that there is starting to be more equality with of male and female professional athletes.
Finally, the public’s view of males in the nursing profession leaves men apprehensive and raises the want to protect their masculinity. Research shows that the, once female dominated, nursing profession has significantly been updated by the up rise of males entering this work field, however, unfortunately, males are limited to advancement based on the biased minds of the feminist who run the nursing profession. History’s view of male nurses still holds the position that nursing is a single-sex occupation and also something that is natural to the female gender. Medeaus writes, “Nursing is an occupation established by women it supports the feminine image with traits of nurturing, caring, and gentleness in contrast to masculine characteristics of strength, aggression, and dominance (6) it is almost as if people do not believe that men can encompass the traits that women need to be nurses. History in a sense perpetuates the notion of men nurses as anomalies.
They also believe that they should get paid equal prize money because males and females are just the same but if they judge them regarded to racial, gender or otherwise it’s called discrimination. Evidence according to Nicol David who won the 2013 US open Squash and collect the same prize money as the men’s championship. Women should get the same pay, but only for the same sports, hours or sets. Other professional athletics disagree with the opinion that women deserve equal prize money because men are more talented than women, therefore the entertainment industry pays its performers based on level of talent and success. They also reflect that it do not seem fair at all if women get paid equal prize money because men perform at a far higher level than women do.
The most important difference is between the sexes, as that cuts straight across all the other groupings. Women are not given the equal opportunity to express themselves in the workplace like men. Daniel Namosuaia (2010) puts emphasis on how all women should have the equal opportunity to work callous type jobs like men. Generally law enforcement workers are males because women are not expected to have the physical qualities to obtain that position. Nicholas P. Lovrich (2006) goes into further detail on why great strides have been made regarding gender and hiring practices.