Women’s rights are consistently suppressed in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” while in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”, the powerful Mother of the Spirits is revered and her daughters beaten and persecuted because of their gender. These authors were vividly depicting the reality of the repression of women during this time period. They exploit the vulnerabilities of women by criticizing all of their stereotypical feminine qualities. To be called a “woman” is among the utmost offensive insults spewed upon the feeble and meek. In “Heart of Darkness”, the story is told through the voice of Charlie Marlow, a skeptical and prejudicial white man.
Pecola is an African-American girl who clearly does not fit the description of the “perfect” American gi... ... middle of paper ... ... how white females are very snobby to her and make her feel lonely and not beautiful. The Breedloves have been have been turned away from the harsh world around them. The novel The Bluest Eye describes how society was in the 1940’s in America. The novel shows how behind the national image of wealthy white families were the hard workers who faced real world issues. Toni Morrison exposes these problems through the horrific stories through the characters she wrote about.
Women of colour sporting the same risque outfits as a caucasian woman are called “slutty” among other slurs. In the long run, erasing the progress people of colour have made. White feminism blatantly disregards systematic racism, white privilege, police brutality and struggles minorities face. White feminists (not per say caucasian but those who aren’t intersectional feminists) often promote racist and problematic ideas, such as that any woman wearing a hijab is oppressed. Radical feminists and white feminists are thought of the root problem in the feminist community being the culprit of the public mindset that feminism is full of women who hate men.
Imagine a feminist. For most people, this mental image is characterized by many unkind connotations; feminists are alleged bra-burners, man-haters and lesbians. They are associated with unshaven legs and anti-family values, and they are likened to Nazis and other extremist political groups. According to a 2005 poll by CBS News, 70% of women do not consider themselves a feminist (Fisanick, 2008). That is not surprising when one takes into account the overwhelming abundance of stigma that accompanies such a declaration.
Sapphire, more commonly views as the angry black woman is viewed as, the bad black woman, the black “bitch, and the emasculating matriarch (88). The reason there may not be much research on this myth is because many researchers themselves acknowledge the stereotype (89). The stereotype is seen not as black women’s anger towards the unequal treatment and circumstances they endure, but an irrational desire to control black males, families, and communities around them (95). This stereotype bestows yet another double standard for black women in America today. While a white woman’s passion and drive may be seen as ambitious and exceptional, a black woman displaying the same perseverance would be seen in a negative rather than glorified light.