Aphra Behn shattered walls for sexual freedom of women in literature in the seventeenth century. She was called the first professional woman writer in English. Many of her works all have strong female roles holding sexual power. In Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, she states, “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” She was one of the first female authors to speak candidly about the sexual passion felt by women, which was deemed ill-suited in her time. Aphra Behn creates an atmosphere where the woman is liberated, and can exhibit their sexuality very passionately.
By living in a dark conservative society, Ruth also faces difficulties to sustain in the female role presses on her. She seems to get out of the system and tries to stand on her own. Avoiding social norms is tough and many times because of conservative repressive societal demands, but many women crave social change. Fern and Chopin portrayed their character to show us that not every woman can accepts their fate and suffers quietly. Many women rebel and come out from their prescribed social role.
This clearly states that women at that had to suffer a lot due to male dominance. Mostly Gilman talks about her desire to not stay at that house and wanting to free herself from all the restrictions. Thus this story is all about the woman’s struggle against patriarchal society that constricts them. The narrator in the story tries to have the feeling of freedom by peeling off the wallpaper from the wall and accepting herself to be free. Even though the narrator peels the wallpaper, it’s just in her subconscious she is able to free herself from the cruel society.
Furthermore, the women saw themselves as guardians of the household with responsibilities such as “… a husband, a cook, a child,” (9) and when Lysistrata brought up idea of the sex strike, Kalonike was in complete disbelief. She wondered, “How can women do a thing so austere, so political? We belong at home. Our only armor’s our perfumes, our saffron dresses, and our pretty little shoes.” (10) Here it is suggested that even the women viewed themselves as persons who were supposed to stay at home, and not be involved in political matters. Ultimately, the protest’s nature of using a woman’s beauty reinforces a set of stereotypes which appear to work against any hope for gender perceptions to change.
It was evident that Jayanthi was sick of being exactly who her parents raised her to be, a traditional good girl, who was supposed to have an arranged marriage. By having expectations placed upon you, you start to feel trapped in your own body and have no control. So, Jayanthi went out and had a lot of sex and one-night-stands. Up until that point, she felt as though she had no control of who she was. Being bad gave Jayanthi a better sense of self, one that her parents and other men weren 't in control of.
First, Calixta is not fully aware of the approaching storm, and her desires may not be quite as obvious to her; yet as the storm continues, Calixta gets increasingly aroused. I believe that Chopin deliberately put these events side by side when she writes “felt very warm…she unfastened her white saque at the throat. It began to grow dark and suddenly realizing the situation she got up and hurriedly went about closing windows and doors”(Chopin, 1898,pg1). The ever growing storm serves as a metaphor for Calixta’s growing passion, suggesting that both the tension in the air and the sexual tensio... ... middle of paper ... ...nor does she have an excuse sanctioned by society. This expression of sexual passion does not become a moralizing tale about the value or inherentess of the female virtue.
Sexual Empowerment of Women in Behn's The Willing Mistress and The Disappointment "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, . . . for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds." (Woolf 91) Born in 1640, Aphra Behn broke gender stereotypes when she undertook a thrilling (if unrewarded) life as a spy for the Crown, but it was her scandalous career as an author which truly achieved many firsts for women.
In the beginning, Madonna ultimately sacrificed sexual purity. Her daring exploitation of sex from a feminine point of view was definitely a breakthrough in 1980’s American society. Often, she dressed like a man and grabbed herself in “sacred” and “unseen” places. Actions like these, as Fiske points out, presented a threat but “not the traditional and easily contained one of woman as a whore but the more radical one of woman as independent of masculinity (Fiske 284).” Young girls regarded her actions not as “tarty” or “seductive” but as completely “acceptable.” Eventually, they embraced her image and strived to follow her example of the independent and sexually licentious woman (Fiske 283). Society has finally accepted feminine independence and accredited Madonna as the pioneer for introducing that autonomy.
The feminine ideals of modesty and shame when expressing sexuality are upheld in the positive depiction of the woman in poem 568 as well as the negative depiction of the harlot in poem 630. Furthermore, poem 568 has an added religious context in which the woman feels sexually liberated to enjoy erotic pleasure due to the god of love, but this is only possible because her sexual relationship with her partner was under the auspices of love. In poem 630, this was certainly not the case with the many sexual relations the woman described had with the men who loved her. By juxtaposing these two poems, we are able to thereby obtain a greater understanding of the Indian perception love, pleasure, and religion and how they all fit together in determining
Ultimately, John’s wife concludes that her only escape from the room is to tear down the wallpaper. In doing so, she releases herself and takes control of her life. Gilman has based this story on her own experience. She gives readers a glimpse on how women were restricted from mental stimulus and creative thinking because they were forced to conform to societies’ norms. The woman in the story is a prime example of how women were denied participation in their own marriage.