Analysis Of Mankind Against Women

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Berenice De La Cruz
Mrs. Kehrmeyer
AP English
12 March 2014

Mankind against Women

Gloria Steinem, a journalist and activist, identifies the purpose of a feminist who “is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” In other words, feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. Discrimination against women has been going on for decades. Donald Hall’s Literary and Cultural Theory explains that the “Key to feminist analysis is recognition of the different degrees of social power…” (199). Meaning that depending on the social power, women can be treated differently. Nevertheless, women in society are like cows; they are branded in a way where they are seen as property owned by men. Women are labeled as “weak and sensitive” but when they stand up for their rights and make a decision; they are seen as crazy human beings whose expressed thoughts are misunderstood as nonsense. There are women from past history or even our modern world today that made a change to earn their respect and obtain their rights as women. For example, Mary Wollstonecraft; who supported the feminist movement through the struggle for female suffrage. In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and “The Story of an Hour.” Including Charlotte Perkins Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” we are introduced to three female characters who have realized how much their world has been controlled by their own husbands. It alludes to them as “beginning to realize [their] position in the universe as a human being and to recognize [their] relations as an individual to the world within and about [them]” (Chopin15). These protagonists made changes to show society that women should earn recognition not for what they are believed to b...

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... really noticed by her husband, because for him, her suffrage doesn’t exist. He thinks he’s doing a perfect job but in reality he’s not asking her how she is doing without him misjudging her pain with something else.
In short, all these three protagonists have their worlds, choices, duties in control by their husbands. They don’t gain recognition by their own selves but by who they are labeled as women. Men think that they don’t have the right to change the way they should be just because they want to express themselves. They think that when women change their persona, it’s seen as a wrong move or a “disgrace” for a female to make. But mostly to sum things up, it’s all about gender discrimination. No matter what, it’ll continue in our future years, but for those who imply a change, they will help out one step closer to change the point of view against women.

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