And what is a greater crime than making women hate themselves for reasons that they cannot change? The “anti-narcissism” that men have made consists of women not liking anything about them and wishing that they were the opposite sex just to get more respect. They don’t have any self-respect for themselves because of the nonsense that the “dominant” males have fed them their whole lives. This makes everything hostile for women and while men are busy controlling what the rules are and what can be published, women are struggling with this internal conflict that they’ll never get far in life because of their sex. Cixous boldly declares that women have been “kept in the dark.” What is this darkness you may ask?
She is only addressed as “Curley’s Wife” – her real name is never said. This has strong suggestions that women at this time were men’s possessions, as if they were used merely as objects, part of their property and didn’t have the same rights as they did – women are inferior. The phrase “I don’t know why I can’t talk to you. I ain’t doin’ no harm to you” could me shadowing how women are simply seen as either virgins or whores. Curley’s wife is portrayed as being a whore – but this is only due to the way she dresses, her provocative ways and the way she acts around men, as if she is aware of her femininity.
There is definitely a tendency to mock the remarks made by the females of the play just because they are women. This conduct aids as the backdrop of the play: a male-dominated society which does not respect the rights of women and will never consider their needs as valid. This is what leads the men to take value away from the women's thoughts and opinions. The conflict between justice and law can be seen when the woman start to consider the actions of Mrs. Wright as appropriate. Exposition: -Characterization George Henderson: Mr. Henderson is the county attorney who has been called to
Creon’s Discrimination in Antigone Despite how prejudice and unjust, women have not always been treated fairly. In Antigone, a play by Sophocles, Creon, the king, displays an extremely discriminatory attitude to women and he unfortunately suffers in the end, undergoing a harsh downfall. He disregards the value that women have and shows lots of animosity towards Antigone, not only because of her “criminal” actions in going against his proclamation, but because she is a female. He then becomes impulsive with his decision-making and suffers immensely due to his nebulous view on female equality. Sophocles characterizes Creon as a sexist ruler who has little value for women, which consequently leads to his downfall.
He offends women and uses a satirical tone to use a sexual metaphor, “we penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness”(59). Women were also kept out and silenced with no significance and contribution to the world or society, “They- the women I mean- are out of it- should be out of it. We must help them to stay in that beautiful world of their own” (90). The language itself shows how women could not even be included in the they, women were not apart of men. It allows sounds very similar to the quote mention in the earlier paragraph, Marlow truly wants to reveal how the world can and only stay right with the control of men.
Depicting women as unnatural entities, voiceless and agent less, to their male counterparts destroys any shot of redemption for the fairer sex, so Conrad aligns all the women in the narrative with unreality to evolve the importance of separate realms. By holding ignorant ideas, such as Marlow's aunt, or exotic appearances, such as Kurtz's mistress, the women are discounted as impractical, or if they hold some merit, they are viewed as eerie. Either way, they are made of none of the material found in the world of men, and so disaster befalls the men that dare breach the boundary between the worlds. The first women that Conrad's main character, Marlow, recounts are the two knitters at the Company office in Brussels. The younger one greets the men who come in for examinations before they leave for the "unknown," African wilderness, creating the illusion of a comfortable environment in what is otherwise an unsettling experience (Conrad 8).
In Athol Fugard’s, The Island, the oppression of women can be seen by Winston’s dissatisfaction as dressing and playing the role of a woman in a performance for their fellow prisoners. Both of these societies have created the ideal that woman are inferior to men both physical and intellectually, and no man wants to be seen as womanly. In the play The Island, John comes up with the idea for him and Winston to perform the play in front of the other prisoners. John uses his whit to convince Winston into playing the role of Antigone. At first Winston agrees with Antigone’s actions in the play because they are similar to those of his self.
She belive that by succumbing to the 'idealised' image of a woman that in reality does not give women the liberty of having a mind of their own,the women are being disrespectful to themselves. Amal kassir is addressing the ladies who have fallen for this trap and is asking them to save their dignity and not give in to the conventional concept of beauty because you are perfect the way you are and states that exposing your body is not feminism.There is a lot more to it. Amal Kassir through her narrative,challenges the patriarchal system and makes a stand against it by choosing to think for herself and doing what she believes is right despite the criticism she has
“No, you two infinitely stupid male creatures: the problem of what is to be done with her afterwards.” (Shaw, 65) Mrs. Higgins shows she doesn’t see the girl as some experiment un like the men in the play who do not seem to view women as the same value. Having a women who respects and has morals for other women is very important for this play. “Do without, I’m afraid, Henry. The girl has a perfect right to leave is she chooses.” (Shaw, 84) This is Mrs. Higgins explaining to her son that he can’t control the young women that she has some rights of her own, and he is to blind to see this on his own. Making the role of women important to see that the young Liza Doolittle has some rights of her own.
Furthermore, Lord Henry influenced Mr. Gray’s love life by belittling women and saying “But adoring someone is certainly better than being adored. Being adored is a nuisance. You'll discover, Dorian, that women treat us just as humanity treats its gods. They worship us and keep bothering us to do something for them.” (Wilde, page 40). The above quote is basically saying that women are inferior and should be treated as such.