In the book Difference Matters, Brenda J Allen, begins writing about how gender matters in society. One of the main topics that she talks about is how in today’s society the male gender is the more predominate gender. As the reader, she has brought to mind many new ways to view how males earn more money then females, how we classify jobs as masculine or feminine, and also how society excepts males’ vs females to act and preform in the work force.
Shoemaker, Nancy. “ Native-American Women in History.” OAH Magazine of History , Vol. 9, No. 4, Native Americans (Summer, 1995), pp. 10-14. 17 Nov. 2013
Many Native American tribes were matrilineal. In many North American societies, clan membership and material goods descended through women. This showed a quite different view of family structure from Europeans at this time. Clan matrons selected men to serve as their chiefs, and they deposed chiefs with whom they were dissatisfied. Women were also sometimes allowed to inherit tribal leadership positions. Since the jobs of both genders were considered equally important, both genders held respect for each other. Native women’s daily contributions were recognized by Native men and the tribe as a whole as vital to the prosperity of the community and worthy of respect. Traditionally, women were given great respect for their role in childbirth, and coming of age with menstruation was an important event.
Prior to coming to the New World, European women held a specific place in society. Women were responsible for domestic tasks, such as preparing food, making clothing, and raising children. When the settlers initially arrived in the new world, they were appalled at the sight of Native American women performing traditional and manual labor. Unlike their European counterparts, Native American women not only raised children, managed the household, and prepared food, they were also partially responsible for the maintenance of the land since the men were often hunting. In Anglo...
The Native American Indians are a vital piece of the society of the United States. While their kin have existed on this land for many years, today their numbers are reducing. Once, the Native Americans lived on this continent with little discourse and disturbance. They were overall nourished, content, and established. Truth be told, the men and women generally were set in regular parts. The men were seekers, warriors, and defenders, while the women watched out for the youngsters, their homes, and cultivated. It relied on upon the tribe when it came to craftsmanship. In a few tribes, the men would really weave baskets and blankets. Common nourishments were expended and chased. Deer, wild ox, fish, and different feathered birds were the wildlife of decision. Corn, beans, squash, berries, nuts, and melons were the leafy foods that were expended. Berries were additionally frequently utilized as a characteristic color for fabrics. While the late 1800’s into the 1900’s and past started to bring battle to the Native American Indians, they battled an intense...
Perdue, Theda. Cherokee women: gender and culture change, 1700-1835. USA: University of Nebraska Press, (1999) Print.
In the movie The New World, British explores land in Virginia in 1607. Captain John Smith is captured by natives of the land but his life is spared thanks to the tribe’s chief’s daughter, Pocahontas. Later on in the video Pocahontas falls madly in love with John Smith. To Pocahontas’s dismay John Smith was sent back to England to recover from a burn after a gunpowder explosion and also to face accusations of misconduct. Later in life Pocahontas meets John Rolfe and marries him along with have his child. John Rolfe brings Pocahontas back to England with him so she may meet the royalties. Once they arrive Pocahontas come to a cruel reality that John Smith is actually alive. This caused a complication between which man she wanted to be in her and her son’s life. While reading this essay you will learn about Pocahontas’s early life as a child, her life while married to John Rolfe, and her voyage to England.
The scholarly article The Women’s Lodge: Constructing Gender on the Nineteenth- Century Pacific Northwest Plateau written by Mary C. Wright describes the cultural significance behind the existence of women’s lodges in the nineteenth century Plateau region of North America. Wright begins her essay by providing background information on the lodges. As described in the article, women’s lodges were shelters built by indigenous women in the outskirts of their communities and served as a setting where women would give birth and spend time in during their menstrual period. Wright has composed her essay with references to several sources, particularly from testimonies from the 1970s provided by First Nations women. Essentially, the central theme of Wright’s article is gender construction which is portrayed through the activities carried out by the indigenous people. Wright’s main thesis revolves around the argument that the secularization of the women’s lodge should not be seen as a method of oppression, but as a significant factor that helps shape the gender roles of Plateau women. To prove her proposition, Wright comments on three particular factors of
Private boarding schools in the New England region have been educating the upper class for generations. However, the schools along with their privileged students have rarely have been the subject of study. When Sarah Chase moved to living in a senior boys' dorm at a co-ed school she was able to witness the inner workings of student culture and the dynamics of their peer groups. She set out to discover the answers to some of the often asked questions: “What are they thinking?” “Why do they act this way?” “I wish we knew what their lives were really like!”  Being in such a unique position, her status as a known figure on the campus while not having any authority, granted her access few others had. She was able to earn the students trust and gain access to their lives. Some of the discoveries she made include how girls tried to be cute and perfect, and worked themselves into sleep deprivation. Meanwhile the boys tried to be badass and the best at what they did, and where more unconcerned over work. During this all the girls were covert about their needs and experiences, with the boys being open and prone to bragging. Both groups were able to agree that the girls had more problematic relations with one another. During her involvement with the students she noticed three different aspects of their gendered behavior. Firstly, there is the definite class and ethnic differences among the behaviors of the boys and girls. Second, these behaviors were often performances that masked the student’s true tendencies, needs, or desires. Finally, Chase disc...
As a young child many of us are raised to be familiar with the Pocahontas and John Smith story. Whether it was in a Disney movie or at a school play that one first learned of Jamestown, students want to believe that this romantic relationship really did occur. As one ages, one becomes aware of the dichotomy between fact and fiction. This is brilliantly explained in David A. Price's, Love and Hate in Jamestown. Price describes a more robust account of events that really did take place in the poorly run, miserable, yet evolving settlement of Jamestown, Virginia; and engulfs and edifies the story marketed by Disney and others for young audiences. Price reveals countless facts from original documents about the history of Jamestown and other fledgling colonies, John Smith, and Smith's relationship with Pocahontas. He develops a more compelling read than does the typical high school text book and writes intriguingly which propels the reader, to continue on to the successive chapters in the early history of Virginia.
Gender Matters is a collection of various essays on feminist linguistic texts analysis, by Sara Mills. Mills develops methods of analyzing literary and non-literary texts, in addition to conversational analysis based on a feminist approach. The author draws on data from her collection of essays gathered over the last two decades on feminism during the 1990s. The essays focus on gender issues, the representation of gender in reading, writing, and in public speaking. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of feminists’ analysis of sexism in literature and the relation between gender and politeness. The article is informative for my research paper, as my topic is going to cover language analysis of the text and who women reading and writing differs according to the discourse analysis within linguistic, psychology, case studies audiences and surveys. The book would be helpful, particularly the last three essays that discusses gender, public speaking, the question of politeness and impoliteness in public speaking. Mills’ analysis is not complete without including the idea of global notions of both women and men, to see whether women and men write and read in the same way globally. Therefore, an update would enrich the book’s discussion section. Although, Mills addresses the class and race theme in language and public speaking, I will only look into the role of language that plays a part in doing or reducing gender in literary, non-literary texts and in conversation.
Kugel, Rebecca, and Lucy Eldersveld Murphy. Native women's history in eastern North America before 1900: a guide to research and writing. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
French, Katherine L., and Allyson M. Poska. Women and Gender in the Western past. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Print.
“Many Native Americans also understood that gender roles have to do with more than just biological
The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith, portrays the enormous troubles the settlers were faced with by the Native Americans. He explains how he was captured by Indians and also saved by a young Native American girl, Pocahontas. He vividly describes the ceremonies and rituals of the Natives performed before his execution. However, the execution never occurred due to the tremendous mercy showed by the king’s daughter who blanketed John Smith’s body her own. Pocahontas went on to persuade the Native Americans to help the settlers by giving them food and other necessities. Despite her efforts to reach peaceful grounds, her people were still bitter and planned an attacks on the colony. Nevertheless, Pocahontas saved them once again by warning the settlers of attacks. Pocahontas went on to marry an Englishman and traveled to England. She resembled the prosperity and good that was to be found in an untamed land.