Both Southern white women and female slaves were disadvantaged by the patriarchy present in America, and were considered objects rather than people. These similarities, however, end when the institution of slavery is considered. Slavery during the Antebellum affected both white and black women negatively, but the institution damaged a black women exponentially more than it damaged a white woman. Slave labor changed the way that the Southern household was run, and Southern white women became even more inferior to their husbands because of it. For black women, however, the institution of slavery affected their psychological states, their marriages, and their family life.
Jenieca Jansz TA: Niels Feuerhahn WMST-1000 November 9, 2010 “All Women Should be Feminists” The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl” (Chisholm, Shirley). Whether male or female it is evident that there are numerous differences between the two sexes. Men are often portrayed as dominant and providing while women are seen as nurturing, and sensitive. These differences ultimately lead to inequalities within society. Because women are sometimes stereotyped as the weaker sex, they become disadvantaged and don’t share many of the privileges men are given.
Atwood’s portrayal of a dystopian society criticizes the present day attitudes towards women and the exaggerations depicted in the novel can be the result of the inequality between men and women today. The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel that covers the backlash of feminism. It depicts how common attitudes towards women are brought down in an extremist way. “In order to offer women “freedom from” they must give up their “freedom to”... the only offered alternatives to rape and exploitation.” (Prattas 5) In the novel, the Pre-Giledean society was considered to be a dystopia for women where they feared physical and emotion violence. The current Giledean society is to protect them from such fear and is actively promoted through re-education centres run by Aunts.
In any of these instances, women are at the disadvantage position in many societies. The maintenance of the status quo regarding gender stereotypes has aggravated the existing gender inequality, entrusting women with less social, economic and political power. The existing gender inequality in Ghana may have also resulted from residuals of colonial cultural practices, during which women were considered socially and politically inferior to their male counterparts. Gender Issues in Ghana Within the Ghanaian traditions, the husband is under an obligation to maintain his wife and children. In return, a wife and her children are obliged to assist the husband and father respectively in his chosen trade or profession, although they do not become joint owners of the acquired property.
Sexuality in Lebanon Despite the fact that Lebanon is considered a leader in civil society development and activism in the Arab region, women in Lebanon are not completely free to exercise their sexual freedom although the situation in the region is a lot worse. Women in the Arab world lack simple human rights standards and they suffer cases of honor crimes, female genital mutilation and other humiliating issues. The deeper one investigates these issues, the more we find that human rights are greatly violated due to the lack of gender equality. Women's choices are quite limited because the male dominance affects every aspect day to day life. Pressure mounts up due to society basic requirements and expectations.
“Ismene: You ought to realize we are only women, not meant in nature to fight against men… Antigone: …Be as you choose to be; but for myself I myself will bury him. It will be good to die, so doing. I shall lie by his side, loving him as he loved me; I shall be a criminal—but a religious one.” (163 - 164) Sophocles is showing that women were not supposed to stand up to men. Ismene
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.
The dynamic verb of “watch” shows to the reader that Manon feels a little bit of pain towards the slaves and that she feels that they are only being used for torture. This tells us that Manon hates the sight of violence and torture, making us believe that she is a woman of peace. However, because of her restricted viewpoint this may make us to believe that she is exaggerating at bit because it is only from her point of view but also because she will want to make her husband look and sound bad, possibly because
Despite these clashes of perspective, the main conflict between mother and son derives from Julian’s inability to put his pride aside, accept the sacrifices his mother made for him, and move on from his lack of success in the real world. Julian sees himself as a martyr for African-Americans. He fantasizes about bringing home a black girlfriend just to frustrate his mother mad and sympathizing with all the hardships she has to endure because she is black (O’Connor 1023). Julian’s mother admits that she believes blacks were better off as slaves and that “they should rise, yes, but on their own side of the fence” (O’Connor 1018). She exhibits the philosophy of “separate but equal.” This attitude might place her in the racist category, but there
Kayla Ribar HIST 2055 First Generations- Berkin 25 September 2012 The different roles of women in the colonial period. Since the beginning of time, women have been seen as the “lesser beings” of mankind. Known for their lack of “willpower”, they were seen as sinful creatures by nature. Lead by deception and temptation, they were thought to need a strong man to protect and to guide them. From this belief “that woman were the weaker and inferior sex” gender roles were established.