She questions the inequality of women in patriarchal society and she challenges the stereotype given to herself and other women that they are weak and passive, which we know clearly Medea is not. Her disregard of gender relations is also evident in the way she ignores motherhood and commits inhumane crimes against her own children in spite and for simple revenge. Culture creates difference in gender through social issues such as marriage, education, childbearing and employment. Women in many of today’s cultures are represented by the roles they choose rather than have imposed on them, although sexism is an ongoing issue presented in everyday life. Medea has little choice on her represented role due to society in that period of time.
Rights for women do exist within the legal system, but that does not mean that everyone acts according to these rights. Women are discriminated against throughout society for fighting against the unfair treatment of women as a whole. Although women are a large part of today’s society, women are still not treated equally and do not have the same rights as men which is evident through lower pay, unable to break traditional gender roles without backlash, unequal opportunities, and overall male dominance. Inequality is just as it sounds, the act of two things being unequal. Feminism is the advocation of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
La Malinche is an important female figure in Mexican and Chicana history. She symbolizes for many the betrayal of the race by women. Yet there are others who challenge his view and see la Malinche, instead, as a figure of valor. Casting off the title of traitor, Chicana and Chicano feminists assign her the role of the strong Chicana and proud mother of the Mexican race. Instead of devising a new symbol to embody their feminist’s ideals, these Chicanas reconstructed the history of la Malinche.
In almost every culture, patriarchy exists, expecting that female existence to be inferior, and more like an object than an equal. All women in their lives have face oppression, abuse, or harassment because they are women. A woman is not supposed to be an independent persons, they are expected to be a servant for male dominance. When women break away from these sexist norms, they are prosecuted as a whore or are beaten as a punishment. In the traditional Hispanic culture, if you do not take the role of the virgin, mother, or wife, you are judged and criticized of being a whore.
Contrary to popular belief, true feminism fights for true equality for women, as well as other people groups. The false view of feminism causes women to distort gender roles, dishonor themselves, and degrade men. To begin, the modernized feminist movement has altered the way gender roles are viewed in society. Women are pushing for complete control in nearly every aspect of life. Many feminists believe women could do just as well, if not better, than men have been doing in leadership positions.
These characters really don't speak well for womankind for two reasons. First of all, it's difficult to tell who their real life counterpart is, assuming that this... ... middle of paper ... ...st writers. It's obvious that Atwood intentionally set herself apart from these writers with The Handmaid's Tale. At times, she seems to disagree with them completely, such as when she shows pornography in a favorable manner. At other times, she portrays feminists themselves as the powerful women they would like to be seen as, but it's always with full disclosure of their human frailty.
Any slight glitch in their behavior can be fatal to their position in society, yet not all women were as powerless as some. Marquez uses women to exemplify the faults in a Latin male-dominated society. Through this, we are able to see the great differences and gaps between genders, and the weakness in this society. Despite the traditional "house wife" role which women were expected to be, some still broke the norm and added to the conflicts and strong themes of the novella. women are much more superstitious throughout the book than men, they’re are respected as wives only.
These traditions and customs still limit women mobility and women are still regarded as subordinate to men and violence against women still exists despite having many strives in the 20th century. In many countries around the world women still find themselves limited from education, employment, health care, political influences, wage equality, and rights solely due to their gender. Whereby, violence against women is regarded as unfair treatment towards women and it reflects the inequality which still exists in our society today between genders. However the invention of modern feminism has been the naming and exposure of the violence women endure. Modern feminism would argue that violence against women is not just related to men in power, nor that women enjoy violence and domination, and or that victim of abuse invited the violence on themselves but rather rape and any other act of violence against women is a social and societal, historic and cultural, and economical issue that is rooted in the relationship of power and dominance between men and women which is infused in a patriarchy society.
The action of sexual assault violates many of the victim’s human rights, such as their right to safety, and right to be free from inhuman treatment. Since women are often the victims of sexual assault it is more likely that women will face many violations of their human rights within their lifetime. In this way women are systematically and overtly disadvantaged, which results in women facing more violations of their human rights, because of a structure in society that justifies and encourages violence towards women.
Women are now being empowered by ideologies which is reshaping their identity in many societies. In the past, women were an object of pity and pleasure and a subject to rule over by men. In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, the author tries to convince women to become and obtain the true characteristics of a human being regardless of their sex. The reason is that the patriarchal society did not give women the same rights and respect as men. Thus, women were always seen as a lowly creature rather than a human being.