She appeals to her audience emotionally through her personal experiences, allusions to the Bible, repetition, and rhetorical questions to accomplish her message of the unfair treatment to women and slaves. She was able to provoke the response she wanted from her audience. Works Cited Sojourner, Truth. "Ain't I a Woman." Women's Convention.
This investigation has examined the Guerrilla Girls through direct connection to the inequalities of compliance of power over women in the art world. Several themes were highlighted within society that reinstated these cultural norms of gender and sex within the institutions of art. With a variety of forms used by the Guerrilla Girls to redefine women's identity in history they were able to break down such barriers that stood in the way which denied the prosperity of female artists.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman is known as the first American writer who has feminist approach. Gilman criticises inequality between male and female during her life, hence it is mostly possible to see the traces of feminist approach in her works. She deals with the struggles and obstacles which women face in patriarchal society. Moreover, Gilman argues that marriages cause the subordination of women, because male is active, whereas female plays a domestic role in the marriage. Gilman also argues that the situation should change; therefore women are only able to accomplish full development of their identities.
The story of Tarabotti and the other female humanists I will discuss in this chapter demonstrates not only the oppression of women in Renaissance society but also how women found ways to work around their circumstances. To fully understand this aspect of Renaissance society it must be understood from many viewpoints. Therefore I will discuss family loyalty, sexuality, education, and finally the roles of these rare female humanists as daughters, nuns, and widows. Family loyalty was one of the strongest influences in Renaissance society, because obligation to one’s family was considered a duty. It shaped the lives of women through manipulation of marriage which often oppressed their freedom.
Judaism views menstruating women as a potential source of both life and death. “Female sexuality could lead to new life (the Birth of a child) or to bleeding and death (menstruation)”. ( “Manning and Zuckerman pg. 8“). Reminds me the film “Divine Women: When God was a Girl”, introduced by the historian Bettany Hughes, that had an interesting thesis, emphasized the role that women played in the social li... ... middle of paper ... ...al and traditional beliefs.
She also is a glimpse into the author’s beliefs, as his connection to Romantic beliefs rubs off on the character. Pearl, daughter of Hester Prynne, functions in the novel The Scarlet Letter as a physical representation of elements in the story and the author’s Romantic views. In the novel, Hester’s rebelliousness and energy are unique and contrast greatly with the bland Puritan ideals. From the beginning, the author’s positive diction and comparison of Hester to Mary help to characterize a woman with a pure spirit, despite her sin. Pearl, Hester’s daughter, is the embodiment of this spirit.
Much of the discrimination that women face is closely related to issues surrounding body image. What we cannot forget in the year 2014 is who control the ideas that we have about women and leadership: the media. The misrepresentation of women’s power and influence in the media cause many women to have low self-esteem about and can cause them to feel as though they do not deserve a spot at the decision-making tables. Sexism has been around since the beginning of America, in many different forms, but the impacts have increased with the power of the media. One of the ways the media has discriminated against women, is the way they portray women in the workplace.
Many writers have contributed to the idea of feminism by promoting heroines that defied the odds of a harsh society. Such a character can be found in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter which reveals the lack of respect that women received when they choose to act according to their desire, against the society. The Scarlet Letter provides an in depth analysis on women’s rights and their value in the society during the late 17th century. While Hawthorne was writing the novel, The Scarlet Letter, a feminism movement began to take root in American history which helped Hawthorne to be aware of the women’s movement for their rights and freedom. Hawthorne’s attitude toward women and being sexist demonstrates the fact that Hawthorne has feelings of aversion toward feminism and thus this identify him as a true feminist.
This was especially so for women because the literary rhetoric of reform offered one means of negotiating domesticity's inherent contradiction that women were responsible for national morality but restricted from morality's larger public arenas." (Thompson 131) Social reform was started, and pushed along by women authors like these. They dared to write and publish their stories for the good of their people. Work Cited Mary K. DeShazer. The Longman Anthology of Women's Literature: from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
However, with the hardships and the endurance of women trying to earn their rights as artists, the visibility of their art is brought out by the exhibitions they produce. Therefore, during the 1970s through 1980s, the feminist art movement was the turning point for feminist art to become more visible to the public. The notion of the feminist art was that in the social life, males were dominant over females and men had more power than women. Lilith eZine (online magazine) argues, "Feminist theory must take into account the circumstances of most women's lives as mothers, household workers, and caregivers, in addition to the pervasive misconception that women are genetically inferior to men." (Lilith 7) Since "women are inferior to men", women's art was ignored by the museums and galleries.