The unequal distribution of domestic responsibilities has held women back for generations; it still today continues to hinder women’s progression in the work-place. It seems like everyone thinks mum will stay at home and do the dishes, her little boy will grow up to become a big, strong man but not her daughter, of course, she is far too busy washing her own children’s dishes. But it is not just women who suffer sexism, men do also. For example: Shelia’s Wheels sell cheaper car insurance to women only, and they say it's because statistics show women to be safer drivers. Would it would be fair for a bank to offer men better rates on loans if stats showed that men were better at paying back loans than women were, utterly ludicrous.
“During the war. Her own true love had just kicked off with dysentery”(46) Brett unlike other woman turned to hang out and be one of the guys instead of moving on and finding a new husband. She used the men around her, as a crutch to get her to meet other guys which she would take advantage of. Brett was always looked at weird when she walked into a room, her hair was short and she was always
This highly contemplative character seems apt to over think any situation, thus increasing the social and emotional gap between himself and those around him. This gap is highlighted when he calls what we learn later to be the sperm bank and apologetically suggests that many people must make similar calls, only to be informed that it is not the case (120). This example works to show the lack on connection Dennis seems to feel with those around him. It clearly shows the emotional distance between him and what the observer would consider the norm. Though the majority of the reader's experience with the woman upstairs is in the head of Dennis, there is some striking characterization used to describe her as well.
This puts stress on his relationships with both Catherine and Beatrice. Beatrice notices Eddie acting quite strangely as to not letting Catherine work, even though she is of age and the wage is well. She says: “What’re you gonna stand over her till she’s forty? Eddie, I want you to cut it out now, you hear me?” It is a rare moment where the woman asserts herself against her husband, as the 1950’s (the era in which the play was written) proved to be a time when men were the dominant gender. Beatrice tells Eddie to “cut it out now”, almost as if she is referring to something else, as if Eddie being stubborn with Catherine isn’t the only thing bothering her.
He tries everything in his power to make things run smoothly and to make a good impression, yet Lalit’s expectations are high and he comes from a background of a hard worker. He does it all for his family to keep his deep-rooted relationships together. Lalit finds the period before the wedding stressful and out of control, but the motivating force behind his anxiety is what’s best for the family in the end and leads to a powerful tour of self-discovery. Having a lot of Lalit’s stress is geared towards the wedding planner Dubey. His constant mocking of the styles and fashions Lalit chooses for the decorations causes Lalit and his frustrations to skyrocket.
Duffy displays a woman’s experience about the spirited irony of the joke about a man who becomes a woman, finding the monthly ‘period’ a painful trial worthy of ‘one week in bed’ and ‘two doctors in’. This highlights how Duffy feels men are not capable to cope with the traumas and pain women deal with without the need of extreme outbreaks which she moves between ironic comedy, pathos and heated eroticism with a natural ease. Mrs Tiresias displays a happy experience with its own body. However, Duffy shows the transformation of husband to female companion carried with it the same conventional restrictions where he is wearing a dress which showed where ‘the shocking V of [his] shirt were breasts’ whilst still a male. This suggests how women sometimes experience men to be senile and insensitive towards their emotions, when they need them to be protective and watchful yet they can be cowards.
1st. New York: William Morrow, 2002. This mother/wife/former full time career woman tells of how her attempt at co-parenting did not work out because she married a man whose work hours "exponentially increased", giving her no choice but to decrease hers until they were no more to avoid their daughter from becoming "functionally orphaned". She writes of how she finds herself in a position much resembling that of her mother's, with a husband coming home in time for dinner, and she relates the story of meeting her own husband. Frustrated, she name-drops a few well-known feminists and the "womyn" in her feminist criticism class from graduate school, and addresses the issues they once mentioned involving motherhood and careers.
This adds more suspense to the scene, giving more background detail and filling in missed gaps; as in the book we do not know how they got away from weed. Curley has a scene where he is practicing boxing on a punch bag. His wife is shown looking on disinterestedly, showing her boredom with her husband in a few short seconds. This scene doesn’t only show the type of relationship between Curley and his wife but also shows Curley’s strength. This, in a way foreshadowing what will happen to Lennie later on during the film, as he gets beaten up by Curley for laughing.
At first when the engagement between his wealthy father and the much younger second wife was announced, the narrator was shocked, but “happy about this so long as we were a single family.” (Mahfouz 91) [pg 80 10d.5] Their willingness to accept the new member of the family was quickly being questioned by their own mother. Once she said it was a “catastrophe” and that the new woman would take all the money, the children began to feel confused and questioned the new wife’s motives. The narrator’s brother showed just as much, if not more concern as the mother since he needed special care which required lots of money. The narrator was fully aware of situation and understood his family’s concern but at the same time stated, “I have confidence in my father.” Nonetheless, the seeds of doubt and question were planted. Mahfouz wrote, that day by day the narrator’s father was changing from the man his family new and loved to someone that they truly did not recognize.
He then begins to give examples of how his wife might threaten their children if they do anything wrong. “From time to time, my wife also threatens to knock the children to Kingdom Come. If she ever does knock them there, she’s going to ask me to go get them, and I will not know where it is.” (47) The sarcastic and humorous tone of that section is strictly focused on his wife or any wife in the same situation, motherhood and the overall message that Cosby is trying to convey is that the wife/mother is the boss 100% of the time. Now in the Clean Hands section he turns his focus and tone towards the father or himself, how when the father does any punishing toward the children, that the mother will shelter the children. “The problem is consistency: there isn’t any.