We see that the theme of sex seems to play quite a significant role in this biblical story of vengeance and manipulation. In the text of Judith, we see a beautiful, widowed woman who seeks liberation for her fellow Israelites. We also see an army full of masculine warriors who have to spend a lot of time together and are desperately seeking women for their sexual pleasure. The leader of this particular army was Holofernes, a greedy and despicable man. Holofernes uses sex to keep himself and his fellow warriors happy.
Feminists are often stereotyped as angry, man-hating, unattractive women who scream absurdly about their political views. These stereotypes make women feel embarrassed to call themselves feminists (Stereotypes about Feminism). It is essential that all women consider themselves feminists simply because women are still being oppressed today and there is a need for equality. To begin, women should not be ashamed to call themselves feminists because women are still being oppressed today. Our culture believes women should be dependent on men and this forms a belief that women need men to survive.
In Huxley’s Brave New World the men and woman have very different roles in society. The women are seen as inferior to men, for example in places of work where a position of power is needed a man will have this job because men are represented as being mentally superior to women. This is relevant to most of the situations in Brave New World. When it comes to situations of a sexual nature then men are held in a higher standing than women. The motives behind Huxley’s depiction of women in this way is to sort of poke fun at Sigmund Freud’s theory that the origins of all inner conflicts are the family.
The use of the pronoun ‘He’ could effectively represent men in general as being the main instigators of female oppression this then raises male dominance. In the novel walker uses the step father to further portray how family supported the oppression of their daughters and helped to limit aspirations. The verbal abuse “she ugly,” mentally affected the
She chose to put this particular poem right in the centre of the collection because it is the most taboo poem and shows just how much men can influence women in relationships or even just for sex. A good example of this is ‘I went mad for the sex’ from ‘The Devils Wife’ shows she is with him for the sex and she’d do anything to keep getting it. The poems in the first half of the collection the women always escape from the betrayal of men take control. ‘Delilah’ and ‘Mrs Quasimodo’ are good examples of this as in ‘Delilah’ she cuts off his hair, ‘Then with deliberate, passionate hands, I cut every lock of his hair’ shows she took control of the situation and did it as a duty because his hair is what makes him strong, and without it he has nothing. Also ‘I fastened a chain to the door’ is ironic as she is trying to escape from being controlled by him yet she is ‘chaining’ herself inside the door so she cannot escape.
A People’s History of the United States: Reflection Chapter 6 The Intimately Oppressed This chapter mainly focuses on the injustices done against women, as we can tell from the first few sentences. Zinn gives numerous examples of women’s subordinance and invisibility to the rest of the world. Women at the time (approx. colonial to early 20th century) were seen as inferior and were used in more ways than one. According to Zinn, “…their physical characteristics became a convenience for men, who could use, exploit, and cherish someone who was at the same time servant, sex mate, companion, and bearer-teacher-warden of his children,” (Zinn 103).
The current Giledean society is to protect them from such fear and is actively promoted through re-education centres run by Aunts. “They made mistakes, says Aunt Lydia, we don’t tend to repeat them… A thing is valued, she says, only if it is rare and hard to get. We want you to be valued, girls.” (Atwood 141) However, such protection has peaked to the point of sexism, where the roles of men overpower the role of women, and the women are no longer heard. The first exaggeration of sexism Atwood portrays is the role that women uphold in the Giledean society. Because of the environmental pollution that has caused the sterility of 99% of women and men, women are ranked and given a role based on their functionality.
Jorjie Ives English Comp II Professor Springs March 1, 2011 In The Rover, women are slaves whose sole purpose is to obey, and serve men. Yet finding a way to ultimately get there guy. Since the beginning of the play, women have been the victim of the very masculine and primitive patriarchy that surrounds them. Oppressed by their male counterparts, these women are subjected to arranged marriages, where they are told who and how to love. The simple fact that they are women puts them in a position where they are at the will, and mercy of their authoritative male figures.
Hawthorne felt the need to create a new, strong, and righteous character to for the battle of equal status between men and women. As the heroin of the novel, Hester Prynne represents the fighting feminist. Her miserable life reveals the low status of women during the 17th century Puritan society and exposes there is no mercy towards the cruelty and the prejudice the women encountered during this time period. Although ashamed and alienated from society, Hester proves to contain a stronger being than the women of that time. Hester does not fall after convicted of a sin, but becomes a strong woman seeking equality between men and women and the letter she is branded “was a symbol of her calling” (Hawthorne 150).
A reoccurring theme in the book, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, is the theme of women being discriminated against and used by men. This theme presents itself several times in the book because the story is set in a sexist and racist society in which women were seen by men as only good for housework and sex. The protagonist of the story, Celie, starts off the book as a black girl who is taught to be compliant and to fear men, and throughout the story learns to become a woman she herself admires. The story is written in such a way that it is understandable but the exact setting of the book remains a mystery; however, the stereotypical sexist and racist society doesn’t. The book is written as letters to Celie’s God and are written in first person from her perspective.