Streetcar Named Desire

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Women, throughout the years, have adapted and changed to fit according to the expectations of society. Additionally, they have the ability to camouflage in society. Women are the new chameleons. Texts that highlight this concept are Streetcar named Desire, I Am Woman, and Shirley Valentine. Streetcar Named Desire, a Play by Tennessee Williams explores themes of women being chameleons by blah . she picks her husband over her own sister which highlights the dependency of her on her husband. Despite the various times her husband, Stanley beats up Stella, her “love” for Stanley overpowers her and she overlooks his temper and even considers it a passion. Stella is a representation of typical women in the 1940’s society. Stella is dependant on men to the point that she chooses to disbelieve her sister was raped by her husband, just so she can go living with him because life without the support of a man is unthinkable. This way she is seen is adapting to society wanting her to be seen as subservient and dependant on men. I Am Woman, A women empowering song made by Helen reddy highlights how women are chameleons and how they are standing up against expectations. Shirley Valentine, directed by Lewis Gilberg Reddy’s anthem directly and forcefully addresses issues of feminism, women’s rights, and gender equality. It is not particularly specific other than asserting that woman will no longer accept submissiveness—“…I’ve been down there on the floor/No one’s ever gonna keep me down again”, “I am strong/I am invincible/I am woman”, “I am woman, watch me grow/See me standing toe to toe”, et cetera. Despite this, because of the time period in which it was produced, that being the early 1970s, the song was revolutionary and a rallying cry for early second-wave feminists who were just opening their eyes to the ghastly state of women’s rights and beginning to fight for their
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