In addition, Women were depicted as symbols of lust, seduction, and evil who bring destruction to men, undermining the true values of women. Furthermore, Women were expected to remain loyal to men while men have no expectation for themselves which promoted gender inequality. Exemplified by these three elements, it is evident that The Odyssey is a misogynistic text depicting a society where women occupy subservient and inferior positions. The Odyssey exemplifies a society organized and controlled by men where males consistently treated women unequally depriving them of true freedom. Homer’s male characters often saw women as second-hand citizens who had not true voice in society.
Gender equality has been an on going quandary for women because of male potency, misogyny, and patriarchal conceptions, which are ideas that are harmful and feared by women throughout society. Women are constantly demeaned by men with their inappropriate slurs towards women, their aggressive attitudes and forceful actions, and the expectations and feminine qualities men assume women should abide by. Gender inequality is not natural, but constructed by people in society, which discriminate against women. At a young age, we are assigned a gender role that we are forced to fulfill with proper behaviors, whether that be a female or male. Gender is performed, and the media helps manifest these mis-conceptions and ideas that contribute to male power
Human rights are the freedoms that all individuals are entitled to, regardless of their sex or gender. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood portrays a dystopian society where women are governed by the dominance of men. Human rights, for all women, are taken away under the rule of The Republic of Gilead, where women are perceived as property and lose their independence. Atwood portrays a society that attempts to reshape the role of women to “keep them safe” in a male dominant society which progressively leads women to oppression. In this new Gileadean society, Atwood gives women a false perception of being further “protected” under the restrictions of The Republic of Gilead.
A Patriarchic Society in Aphra Behn's The Rover In her play The Rover, Aphra Behn uses the treatment of women to suggest the presence of a strong patriarchic society and what harm can become of it. The main female character Florinda is manipulated, used, and treated horribly by men in instances of near-rape, battering and beating, and foul language among other things. Behn also uses Willmore, one of the main male characters, and his attitude towards women to prove her point. By doing this, Behn is suggesting patriarchy is dangerous for women, and their lack of fighting against it presupposes what can happen to women over time if this strong patriarchic society is allowed to flourish. In act three, Florinda is almost raped by a drunken Willmore.
This aspect describes a reluctance when viewing women as equals to men. There is a natural intention of the society to oppress women and had been seen to be a common aspect. A patriarchal society had contributed much to the development of sexism among people. The belief that men are the heads of the families as well as the breadwinners had reduced the position of women in the traditional society. In this case, women have been seen to be feeble and supposed to carry out domestic chores.
The lenses used to examine and dissect Knox are tools used to affirm male dominance in society and “put women in their place” and deny them agency. The fear of unknowable femininity creates suspicion about the conduct of women and their hidden agendas.
When John Steinbeck mocks feminism he is trying to show how woman in the story are dominated by a male or by a male society in general. The work is introduced by finding the fault against all women. In the times when John Steinbeck wrote the story, The Chrysanthemums, women were seen as inferior. Many times men and women would perform a equal task, but the women would be oppressed just because of their gender The women were not seen in the same respect in any aspect that men were. The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story.
Women are consistently seen as the inferior sex. They are seen as weaker, less intelligent, less informed, and less likely to be able to protect themselves or speak up about violence against them. And many times people perpetuate these sexist thoughts and beliefs without even realizing it. As Bell Hooks discusses in her book Feminism Is For Everybody, men allow sexism because they fear the loss of the power of the patriarchal society that rules our country, and anyone who isn’t actively fighting against this sexist oppression is part of the problem. And racism and classism both play large roles in this passive perpetuation of sexist ideals.
Gender identities and gender relations are determined by the culture of a society. Culture makes gender roles meet certain inescapable beliefs, assumptions, expectations, and obligations. Gender politics camouflaged by cultural norms and governed by patriarchal interests and manifested in cultural practices like female genital mutilation, make the life of women difficult and burdensome. Alice Walker’s fifth novel Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992) discusses a tabooed cultural practice called female genital mutilation, camouflaged by gender politics, that is used to subjugate women, to protect the interests of men. Female Genital Mutilation is a painful procedure considered to be a mark of true womanhood in certain cultures.
Patriarchy, Power, Property Through feminist theory we experience this story as something greater than a tragic slavery narrative; instead we can examine how power intersects with gender in producing a woman’s experience. Valerie Martin’s novel Property explores the continuous struggle for attaining power and the complexities in the moral structure of society, which rests upon the oppression of women in a patriarchal society. These societies consist of “any culture that privileges men by promoting traditional gender roles” (Tyson 85), roles that have been used to validate the inequalities between men and women. Patriarchy by definition is sexist, promoting the belief that women are innately inferior to men. This dichotomized thought has created a patriarchal order within all western (Anglo-European) worlds, objectifying and marginalizing women and only seeing them for what they lack in comparison to men (Tyson 92).