04. Feminism is a structuralist theory. There are several versions of feminism but common theme throughout them all is that they argue that society is patriarchal, i.e. society is male dominated and all institutions serve and maintain male dominance. Feminists do however disagree on the extent of patriarchy in society and what need to happen to create gender equality.
My research will try to explain and discuss the differences in spiritual as well as cultural situations between men and women gender roles. Hopefully I will give the understanding of why woman have to obey the man in spite of the spiritual hierarchy and why woman continue to play the subservient role there. Gender roles differ in all parts of the world. These pivotal elements of obedience derived from a patriarchal society that expects women to play the subservient position. Is it fair for women to have the same rights as men?
In most cultures, men are encouraged to be stoic and to prove their masculinity; on the other hand, women need to be passive, helpless and dependent. Form the moment of birth, males and females are treated differently. Gradually, they acquire the traits, behaviors, and attitudes that the culture defines as “masculine” or “feminine.” We are not necessarily born different, we become different through the process of
Whereas most women are quiet and subdued, she constantly insults Benedick in front of others. Her dislike towards him is made quite obvious from the start of the play and she makes this quite clear by voicing her opinion. Beatrice's attitude toward Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato is different from her attitude towards Benedick, but it is still not the attitude you'd expect from a women towards a man. She is very open with the three men and not at all subdued like Hero. She jokes that Claudio is as "civil as an orange", a pun for the Seville orange.
The reason the relationship is impossible is because the military man realized he could not devote himself to the "hard" life they live in that city, a life where they deny themselves pleasure in any form; even the food they eat was bland. The second daughter was pursued by a once famous musician, but in the same way deny herself his love, and then he left their little town. The early church in Corinth seemed to be on both sides of the issue, meaning while some people were allowing themselves any type of earthly pleasure because they were spiritual beings, so it did not matter what they did with their bodies, others would not allow themselves any type of pleasure like the people in the movie. In 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, Paul speaks to the Corinthians about the latter matter. Apparently
Women were to marry, and no matter how miserable they were treated, they were to please their husbands. There was also a tendency for women to stay in meaningless marriages because divorce was not supported by social standards. In the case of Maggie and Brick, he reminds her they are simply living together and married only by name. She seems to be in constant torture because she cannot experience intimacy (be it physical or emotional) with the man in which she has vowed the rest of her life to. It is obvious Brick does not appreciate the devotion of Maggie.
Veronica hates the Heathers from the beginning of the film while at first; Cady could not find a reason to hate the Plastics. However, they were both drawn to the idea of popularity. Though there is not much background on what Veronica did or how she joined the Heathers, she later realizes how cruel the Heathers are and she does not want to be part of their group any longer. Since she does not know what to do about her dilemma, she remains stuck, Veronica also refers to her friends as “co-workers [that she has to put up with because] popularity is like a business” (Heathers). When she meets mysterious bad boy Jason Dean she goes on a psychotic mission to end the Heathers.
Actually, she often took up for the hurtful comments he said about her by brushing them off or joking. In addition, Sheila tuned out all of the red flags that had occurred in her relationship. For example, her husband’s relationship was closer to her [Sheila’s] best friend than her [Sheila]. On the Airplane scene, Mike and Sheila’s best friend decided to sit together, leaving Sheila by herself. This is abnormal because no woman in her right mind would ever stand for something like that.
These women are both heading for disaster; they let these men treat them as they see fit and do not take Linda and Ophelia’s feelings into consideration. Linda is weak and dependent in the sense that she always wants or needs Willy around. She wants him to quit the travelling portion of his job and work in the city, “but your sixty years old, they can’t expect you to keep travelling every week”, (Act One, pg. 14), although she puts it across as she does not want him going because of his age deep down she really just cannot be on her own. Linda may come across as a strong woman who has her head on her shoulders but she is weak and needs to have someone, even if they treat her as poorly as Willy did.
Even though, women have become more independent, they still want to feel love of a man as it is a necessity. As the play proceeds, Blanche is not the only one to depend on men for attention, love interests and socio-economic progress. Her sister Stella is heavily restrained by her husband Stanley Kowalski. This dependence promotes the abuse of women both verbally and physically. When Stanley beats Stella and she forgives him because she has nowhere else to turn and has the fear of being alone.