I am interested in this topic because Egyptian society is interesting to me and I think that they had a good system for gender roles. Suzette Hartwell, “The Role of Women in Ancient Egypt,” www.eed.com.au/files/role-women-ancient-egypt.pdf (accessed December 10th, 2012) This article defines women’s roles and how they were treated in ancient Egyptian society. It also discusses some careers women would have had such as a temple singer or a weaver. This article provides sufficient detail for how women would go about their days and what rights they had. What I found it to be lacking was how women influenced ancient Egypt as a whole.
Apple Cream 10/3/2012 A Time for Colored Women Empowerment Dating back when movies were first being produced, women of color were portrayed as “irrelevant and oblivious” (Snead, p. 79). Their main purpose was to serve the white characters, for they were mainly seen as maids. When a colored female was on screen with a main role, she was very promiscuous, subservient and obedient to their fellow male characters, or played the well know image of the “Mammy.” They played static characters, never changing or elevating from their role. As we fast forward to today’s times, the role of colored women has changed. Colored women are seen in a different light, where they are powerful, intelligent, and independent.
What is their significance in the hominin’s Upper Paleolithic world? Various archaeologists do research and look upon these various figures to try to grasp some knowledge of the artist who made the figures and what their world was like. The figurines portray a shift in the mental capacity of hominins and their ability to make art into a something symbolic. The cognitive fluidity was growing, so the female became something worth sculpting about. The struggle for many archaeologists is to see if the female was just a sexual object made for the eyes of men, or women who held a special amount of power in her hunter-gatherer world.
Whenever we go through the records of roman women's status in society there is always a great consternation. Several sources or journals which mention the roles of women in ancient roman society, several works which mention them as wives and mothers. There are sources however limited they may be which delve deeper into the scope of these questions, which give a glimpse into the lives of roman women. Woman in artwork has been portrayed as the guarantor of bounty and fertility. Roman women throughout their life from childhood and education to marriage and further in the motherhood had played a great role in society of that time.
Therefore, women had multiple roles, and a wide diversity of conditions. The differences were related to the power, wealth, access to the culture and education, and the ethnic group to which they belonged. Women in Aztec Society, and Colonial New Spain were different and similar at the same time. This essay will compare and contrast women’s rite of marriage, dress code, and the economic and gender roles of women in Aztec Society and Colonial New Spain. When it comes to the topic of rite of marriage, most of us will readily agree that Aztecs and Colonial New Spain were opposites.
Society's perceptions of women are shaped by the way that they are represented in a variety of texts. In order to gain a more balanced perspective of women, it is therefore necessary to examine and dissect more that one text. Some perceptions may overlap and find common ground within the different texts and other perceptions may glaringly contradict each other. Factors that may influence the perceptions of women being portrayed include societal beliefs within the era in which the text is set and the author's perspective and purpose within the text. Three texts that portray women in a different way are the film, Ever After, the play, MacBeth, and the poem, Phenomenal Woman.
It is about women living on equal terms with men and not pushed down by law or by culture into a meek role. The practices of 1880’s dictated that women stay in the home, marry, have children and find happiness in doing so. In many ways Alcott battles this convention by creating strong female role models and male characters that support this free will of women. Although some of the characters like Beth may not have shown independence, Meg, Amy and especially Jo showed independence throughout the novel. She is an independent woman who could never be restricted to the household.
Laura Mulvey’s essay “ A Phantasmagoria of the Female Body: The work Of Cindy Sherman” focuses on Cindy Sherman’s important influence in contemporary art. In her essay Mulvey states that Sherman’s work progresses to show the development of maturity, and changed style of feminism from the initial state to its very end. Mulvey then goes to state how Sherman’s work demonstrated the vital turning point for women artist in the era of the feminist movement during the 1970’s. Sherman began her work during the early 1970’s during a time where art was becoming more encouraged among women, as a way to develop personal art that dealt with their stories, bodies, and their relationships. Mulvey categorizes Sherman’s usage of femininity in her artwork as an appearance in which the insistent sexualization of woman is integrated into a style of respectability.