Both Persepolis and Death and the Maiden address the topic of people acting in a more submissive and controlled manner in public while a more bold manner in private. This contributes not only to personal identity and gender identity struggles, but also to gender segregation within society. Regarding personal identity, there appears to be a common theme amongst people in that they feel as though they belong more when they are acting openly, without having to hold themselves back or apply a filter to their words and actions (“The Need for a Sense of Identity, Changing Works). This is reasonable though, as people naturally crave attention, affection, and a sense of belonging - it is part of human nature. This can be seen in everyday life and throughout almost all representations of life, such as works of literature and films. Concerning gender identity this trend is also noticeable in people’s public and private lives as, going along with the sense of belonging that influences personal identity, people try to conform to what societal norms have deemed accep...
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...p outside of the box then change could be implemented. Females and males need to make this change as, since gender identity solutions are most likely to follow personal identity solutions, both men and women need to be at the same level. Women have farther to go and that could be due to biology, social pressures, or an abundance of other stimuli but to make a long story short both men and women been to take a step towards being themselves at all moments and not just those in which they have the security and privacy to be unnatural or unconventional. Gender perspectives do not make this any easier as women are commonly portrayed as the lower ones and the more oppressed ones so when the oppression does happen to an individual they do not fight back as “it is the way it is” and there is nothing out there telling them that it is acceptable to take a stand or be different.
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