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Movie - Feminist Themes in Jane Eyre, Novel and Film Versions

- An Analysis of Feminist Themes in Jane Eyre and its Film Versions              Concern for women's rights dates from the Enlightenment, when the liberal, egalitarian, and reformist ideals of that period began to be extended from the bourgeoisie, peasants, and urban laborers to women as well. As did most interest groups of the time, feminists gained force and stability through its writing. The period's blossoming ideas concerning women's rights were fully set forth in Judith Murray’s On the Equality of the Sexes in 1790....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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New Historicism, Feminist Criticism and Deconstruction in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Perspectives on New Historicism, Feminist Criticism and Deconstruction in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Introduction Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter has been a highly debatable topic of numerous critical essays, written by scholars who approach the novel from various perspectives of literary criticism. Due to the diversity of perspectives, the questions proposed by these scholars vary and hence the conclusions they arrive at by examining the same literary text may differ not only within a range, but in addition may even seem contrary to one another....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Psychoanalytical and Feminist approaches to D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers

- Psychoanalytical and Feminist approaches to D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers Psychoanalytical and feminist approaches are two relatively recent critical responses towards literary texts. When applied to D. H. Lawrence's Son's and Lovers, both can be insightful yet problematic at the same time. The theories of psychoanalysis, primarily identified with Sigmund Freud, can be applied to imaginative literature and art in general, in order to study their manifest and latent content, in the same way as Freud studied dreams....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminist Perspective of Addie Bundren of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

- A Feminist Perspective of Addie Bundren of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying         Addie Bundren of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying has often been characterized as an unnatural, loveless, cold mother whose demands drive her family on a miserable trek to bury her body in Jefferson. For a feminist understanding of Addie, we have to move outside the traditional patriarchal definitions of "womanhood" or "motherhood" that demand selflessness from others, blame mothers for all familial dysfunction, and only lead to negative readings of Addie....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminist Criticism of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Feminist Criticism of The Great Gatsby The pervasive male bias in American literature leads the reader to equate the experience of being American with the experience of being male. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the background for the experience of disillusionment and betrayal revealed in the novel is the discovery of America. Daisy's failure of Gatsby is symbolic of the failure of America to live up to the expectations in the imagination of the men who "discovered" it. America is female; to be American is male; and the quintessential American experience is betrayal by woman....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Canterbury Tales Essay - Anti-Feminist Rhetoric in The Wife Of Bath

- Anti-Feminist Rhetoric in The Wife Of Bath   In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, The Wife of Bath is a strong woman who loudly states her opinions about the antifeminist sentiments popular at the time. Chaucer, however, frequently discredits her arguments by making them unfounded and generally compromising her character. This brings into question Chaucer's political intent with the Wife of Bath. Is he supportive of her views, or is he making a mockery of woman who challenge the patriarchal society and its restriction and mistrust of women....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

- Cultural Feminism vs. Post Colonized Feminism Being a Feminist and having a Feminist point of view in observing every cultural, social and historical issue had been translated as having a feminine centered and anti-masculine perception. Unlike the general and common knowledge about feminism, it is not only an anti-masculine perception towards social and individual issues. Feminism according to Oxford dictionary is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes that more commonly known as the pursuit of equality for women’s rights....   [tags: cultural feminism, post colonized feminism]

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Dropping the C-bomb

- It’s one of the oldest idioms that inevitably the majority of us have heard as a youth on a playground: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Unfortunately, this old phrase isn’t entirely true—it doesn’t define which words are hurtful, the context they are used in, or its historical context. In fact, words can be powerful. There are a number of words in language, that are both negative and offensive, that have been used to oppress a specific group. Their history has produced such a negative symbolic power and creates such a stigma, that they possess the ability to harm or injure....   [tags: Feminism]

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The Taming of the Shrew - Feminism and Shakespeare

- Some have made the claim that Shakespeare was pro-feminist and did all he could to illuminate the wrong done to women of his time by creating some overwhelmingly misogynistic characters. This was his way of showing men the errors of their ways and shaming them into showing women more respect.  This is an interesting hypothesis for a number of reasons.  First of all, there are no signs that it worked, if Shakespeare did indeed intend to reform men.  Could the Bard, supposing that he was trying to shame men into changing, influence men in this manner?  Can we blame him if he failed?  Secondly, and by far more interesting to me, is that, in some cases, feminists seem to be more intereste...   [tags: The Taming of the Shrew Essays]

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Feminism in Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter"

- In the socially stagnant post-war United States of the early 1950's, Mary Maloney is content with the routine she has established for herself as a homemaker. She spends each day anticipating the return of her husband, police officer Patrick Maloney. In this waiting period, she tidies up his house, prepares his food, and periodically glances at the clock until he arrives. For Mary Maloney, her husband's return is "always the most blissful time of day" (Dahl 24). Patrick's presence completes Mary, in that she is dependant on him both economically and emotionally....   [tags: European Literature]

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Feminism in "The Yellow Wallpaper"

- The Feminist View of the Yellow Wallpaper The yellow wallpaper is a story about John and his wife who he keeps locked up due to her "nervous condition" of anxiety. John diagnoses her as sick and has his own remedy to cure her. His remedy s to keep her inside and deterring her from almost all activities. She is not allowed to write, make decisions on her own, or interact with the outside world. John claims that her condition is improving but she knows that it is not. She eats almost nothing all day and when it is suppertime she eats a normal meal....   [tags: American Literature]

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Sociology and Feminism in Disney´s Cinderella and Snow White

- There is a lot of debate around Disney films concerning the representation of women and its relation to identity formation. Many sociologist and feminists argue that the ways in which Disney princesses are depicted in films are problematic due to the domesticated and inferior positioning of them. It is believed that these characters and their imagined roles to be positively correlated to the historical and social context unfolding at the time. Here, I will discuss the significance of two Disney princesses, Snow White and Cinderella, and compare and contrast their treatment in a sociological and feminist framework....   [tags: Gender, Roles,Stereotypes]

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Adrienne Rich's Snapshot of a Daughter-in-Law and Don DeLillo's End Zone

- Adrienne Rich’s Snapshot of a Daughter-in-law and Don DeLillo’s End Zone use negative diction and imagery to describe their thoughts on feminism and postmodernism. Rich uses negative diction and imagery to describe a woman who has adapted to the world’s opinion of what a woman should be and what women should do in the home. DeLillo uses negative diction to describe Myna after she conforms to beauty of the day. Rich brings in ideas of how domestic chores create a burden on women physically and emotionally....   [tags: feminism, postmodernism]

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A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

- Mary Wollstonecraft, not to be confused with her daughter (the author of Frankenstein,) was an 18th century writer who was known as the “mother of feminism” and an activist in the regards for women’s rights. As she observed political and social developments in France, Wollstonecraft realized that the revolution was giving inalienable rights to men and in the defense of her sex, she wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women. In the second chapter of her writing, “The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed”, Wollstonecraft says that women are told from the day that they are born that they are meant to be soft, beautiful, innocent, and obedient....   [tags: mother of feminism]

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Personal Analysis of Ama Ataa Aidoo's Anowa

- My favourite text is a play titled “Anowa” by Ama Ataa Aidoo which was published in year 1969. This book was first given to me by my father on my twelfth birthday. Although I was disappointed initially because I was expecting something “girly” on my birthday, I liked it when I read it because of the moral lessons it portrayed and the language used in the play. However, I got a deeper understanding of the test after I did a post-colonial and a feminist analysis on the text. In my post-colonial analysis, I saw that in a sense Anowa represents the moral fabric of traditional African society which is destroyed by the greed and the evil of slavery arising from the contact with European capitalism...   [tags: Colonization, Feminism]

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The Female Voice: Writing and Autonomy in Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

- Writing in a figurative sense provides a voice for the suppressed that may be restricted. In order to project the voice of the writer, the writer uses imagery and language techniques in order to allude to a certain point or opinion that may be deemed controversial. This is shown within the Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as it uses of these techniques to provide a more powerful voice for the female writer. The text follows Bahktin’s ideas of “discourse within the novel” as although it is diary form, it uses “internal stratification” as it voices three different opinions – John and Jennie’s disapproval, and the narrator’s urge for freedom....   [tags: Literature, Feminism]

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Hidden Female Subordination in the 1950s

- 1. Introduction The colloquial expression `Behind every great man stays a great woman. ´ would probably visualise well the American consensus of the Fifties: the ´happy´ gender hegemony. The only occupation the suburban white woman was proud of seemed to be her pivotal role in the family as housewife and mother. Though, in her book “The Feminine Mystique” (Friedan) the American writer Betty Friedan, describes the underlying melancholy by many female college graduates she surveyed. In her in-depth interviews she focussed mainly on their education, their private life experiences over the succeeding years after college and the satisfaction with their current lives....   [tags: Feminism in the Fifties]

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Women Praying at the Western Wall

- The topic of women praying at the Western Wall has been an ongoing debate not only among ultra-orthodox Jews and feminists, but now the Women of the Wall (WOW) are becoming divided on the issue of where to pray at the wall. While on November, 4, 2013, the group celebrated their 25 anniversary, it is at this moment in the group’s history that they are the most divided. In his article, “Women of Wall Deeply Split over Anat Hoffman’s Acceptance of Prayer Deal,” Nathan Jeffay discusses the issues WOW is currently facing both internally and externally....   [tags: Jewish feminism]

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Metaphors in Sylvia Plath´s Poem: "Mushrooms"

- The poem ‘Mushrooms’, by Sylvia Plath has multiple meanings within the one poem which can be deciphered differently to give altering views. Mushrooms is a poem made up of eleven short three line stanzas and has an underlying sense of gloom throughout the poem. The poem is written in a way that it can be interpreted differently and to different levels of complexity. The most obvious meaning is the conception and ‘birth’ of mushrooms which is described in detail throughout the poem. Looking deeper, the poem is relatable to the human conception of a child through to the birth and early life....   [tags: Growth, Feminism]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Anti-Feminist Beliefs in Miller's Tale and Wife of Bath's Tale

- Anti-Feminist Beliefs in The Miller's Tale and The Wife of Bath's Tale   The Miller's Tale and The Wife of Bath's Tale feature two characters that, though they may appear to be different, are actually very similar. They both seem to confirm the anti-feminine beliefs that existed at the time Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales. However, they go about it in different ways. Alison, the woman in The Miller's Tale, tries to hide the fact that she has a passion for men other than her husband, and keep her position as an upstanding citizen intact....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminism- Is Anybody Listening?

- Is Anybody Listening. Okay, ready or not, here I go on my, what may be considered an overly naïve, reflection of my experience in this course, Feminist and Critical Pedagogies in English Studies. Through my reading and writing in this course I have come to many realizations about myself as a possible teacher and what I want to see start happening in writing classrooms. First and most importantly, I want to see teachers more connected and active in the process of their students writing and learning, as I have outlined in my research paper for this course....   [tags: Teaching Reflective Writing Education Essays]

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Feminism in Jane Eyre

- Jane Eyre was written in a time where the Bildungsroman was a common form of literature. The importance was that the mid-nineteenth century was, "the age in which women were, for the first time, ranked equally with men as writers within a major genre" (Sussman 1). In many of these novels, the themes were the same; the protagonist dealt with the same issues, "search for autonomy and selfhood in opposition to the social constraints placed upon the female, including the demand for marriage" (Sussman)....   [tags: European Literature]

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A Feminist Perspective of The Lady of Shalott

- A Feminist Perspective of The Lady of Shalott        In an essay on feminist criticism, Linda Peterson of Yale University explains how literature can "reflect and shape the attitudes that have held women back" (330). From the viewpoint of a feminist critic, "The Lady of Shalott" provides its reader with an analysis of the Victorian woman's conflict between her place in the interior, domestic role of society and her desire to break into the exterior, public sphere which generally had been the domain of men....   [tags: Lady of Shalott Essays Feminism]

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Jane Eyre as a Feminist Novel

- Jane Eyre as a Feminist Novel A feminist is a person whose beliefs and behavior are based on feminism (belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes). Jane Eyre is clearly a critique of assumptions about both gender and social class. It contains a strong feminist stance; it speaks to deep, timeless human urges and fears, using the principles of literature to chart the mind?s recesses. Thus, Jane Eyre is an epitome of femininity - a young independent individual steadfast in her morals and has strong Christian virtues, dominant, assertive and principled....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Feminism Essays]

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The Feminist Theory

- Feminists rely chiefly on the contention that the traditional analysis of world politics is fundamentally gendered. Gender-sensitive analysis begins with the premise that societal institutions are made by humans and are therefore changeable by humans. Feminists systematically deconstruct the notions traditionally held by realists and taken for granted as how the world works. Gender-sensitive analysis takes many factors into consideration that the realist does not. As history dictates, the world, both in the domestic and international scenes, has been predominantly ruled by men....   [tags: Gender Feminism Papers]

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Erosion of Gender Equality in America

- Erosion of Gender Equality in America American people come in a variety of shapes and sizes; their thoughts, fears, and convictions differ widely. It is usually necessary for Americans to choose a status in politics and community; but it is obvious that among specific groups and organizations, a person’s beliefs and opinions differ dramatically from the next. Feminist groups, specifically in the last twenty years, have announced their view of membership as an elite group of woman who must have the same specific convictions....   [tags: Feminism Feminist]

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Feminist Foundations

- Feminist Foundations As the feminist movement has progressed through several generations it has shifted quite a bit in its general approach and theory. Contemporary writers such as Baumgardner and Richards, and Henry have illustrated a generational shift away from structurally aimed actions, and towards individual acts of subversion and small political actions (Baumgardner and Richards 126-202). This current course is very similar to the direction of other highly organic movements such as sustained dialogue....   [tags: Feminism Females Essays]

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The Scope of Woolf’s Feminism in A Room of One’s Own

- The Scope of Woolf’s Feminism in A Room of One’s Own Missing Works Cited A highly contested statement on women and fiction, Virginia Woolf’s extended essay A Room of One’s Own has been repeatedly reviewed, critiqued, and analyzed since its publication in 1929. Arnold Bennett, an early twentieth-century novelist, and David Daiches, a literary critic who wrote an analysis entitled Virginia Woolf in 1942 (Murphy 247), were among those to attempt to extricate the themes and implications of Woolf’s complex essay....   [tags: Woolf A Room of One’s Own]

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“The Salt of the Earth”: Feminism and New Historicism in Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”

- Feminism and Historicism play a major part in Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “Good Country People”, first published in 1955. The story focuses on the importance of identity and the parallels between truth and deception. In “Good Country People”, the Hopewell family, maintain a small farm in rural Georgia with the help of tenants the Freemans. The pious Mrs. Hopewell’s mottos ‘nothing is perfect’ and ‘it takes all kinds to make the world’ are manifested in her unmarried thirty-two year old daughter, Joy who later changes her name to Hulga, wears a prosthetic wooden leg because of a childhood accident....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Feminism Versus Society in Adrienne Rich's Poem Aunt Jennifer's Tigers and Tillie Olson's Poem, I Stand Here Ironing

- The theme of femininity is shown in great respects, in Adrienne Rich's poem "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers". Rich's poem holds a similar theme to Tillie Olson's "I stand here Ironing". These two writings both represent how society was critical on woman's roles. Although they are both based on the same societal theme, Rich's poem has a much stronger impact on its readers. Rich's poem is easier to relate to because it explains the struggle of women and the want for success and freedom. Rich explains the "weight" of Aunt Jennifer's wedding ring, which represents her bad marriage....   [tags: suffer, women, weakness]

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Liberal, Conservative, and Socialist Ideals vs. Feminism before the 20th Century

- Liberal, Conservative, and Socialist Ideals vs. Feminism before the 20th Century Tales from the beyond, story one: a parent binds his baby girl's feet in China, so it will not grow more than five to six inches because small feet in women are a sign of elegance; story two: a wife is burned alive in India, so she can accompany her husband in death. Are these stories. No, things like this really happened in the past. They are part of the reason that contributed to the birth of the Women's Movement in the 19th century....   [tags: Sociology Sociological Women Paperes]

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Parallels and Contrast Between 20th Century Feminism and the Oppression of Women in Gilead

- Parallels and Contrast Between 20th Century Feminism and the Oppression of Women in Gilead Introduction Good morning, class. The question I will be analysing today is " How does Atwood create parallels and contrasts between 20th century feminism and the oppression of women in Gilead. " I will first look at some background information on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, then I will look at the different kinds of freedom presented in 20th century feminism and Gilead, and I will also explore the two different types of 20th century feminism - radical and contemporary feminism....   [tags: Gilead Presentation]

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Women's Rights: Unification of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice through Feminism

- Abortion and Women's Rights: Unification of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice through Feminism January 22, 1973 is a day that, in the eyes of many modern feminists, marked a giant step forward for women's rights. On this date the U.S. Supreme court announced its decision in Roe v. Wade, a verdict that set the precedent for all abortion cases that followed. For the first time, the court recognized that the constitutional right to privacy "is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy" (Roe v....   [tags: Pregnancy Female Abortion Essays]

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Children's Books and Popular Myths about the First Wave of Feminism

- Children's Books and Popular Myths about the First Wave of Feminism What is the First Wave (1) of Feminism. How is it portrayed as a “suffrage” movement. Does the average study of First Wave feminism look at issues outside of suffrage: consent laws, marital rape, education, women’s right to own property, divorce rights, and so on. I wanted to look at the portrayal of the “heroes” of the first wave – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony – as well the movement itself, through books aimed at children....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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A Woman's Place by Naomi Wolf

- The True Woman "A Woman’s Place", the name of the commencement speech given by Naomi Wolf at the Scripps College graduation in 1992; contrasts the independent and the dependent woman. In today’s society, there are two different types of women: the woman who has a good head on her shoulders and knows where she is going in the world, and the woman who seeks dependence within the masculine world. Just as they were thirty years ago, women are still not considered to be equal to men. They are more or less looked at as being second to men....   [tags: Feminism]

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Feminism in Chaucer’s Wife of Bath

- Women in the medieval times were cast into very distinct roles. There was a strict code of conduct that was followed. They were to be submissive to their husbands and follow their lead. A woman’s place was also in the home and the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc. fell into their domain. Women who deviated from these cultural-set norms made for interesting characters. Chaucer’s use of women and their overstepping their boundaries and typical roles in society make them most memorable....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays]

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The Rise of Feminism in The Industrial Revolution

- Throughout history, women of all classes have often been subordinate to men, adopting positions of companionship and support rather than taking leadership roles. In the 19th century England, a patriarchal society, presumed that “females were naïve, fragile, and emotionally weak creatures who could not exist independently of a husband or a father’s wise guidance.” It was until the Industrial Revolution that lower class women were able to find jobs in factories and become more independent from their households and husbands....   [tags: Women's Rights ]

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Feminism and Society in "Little Women"

- The story Little Women takes place at a time when women were taking on uncustomary roles like physical laborer, family protector and provider, and military volunteer while their husbands served during the Civil War. Keeping within the boundaries of the time, Louisa May Alcott uses herself and her own three sisters to create this classical novel from personal experiences. Each sister is different. They each set goals and dreams for their selves whether it goes along with their contemporary society or not....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Evolution of Women’s Sports: Annika Sorenstam Strives for Perfection not Feminism

- Evolution of Women’s Sports: Annika Sorenstam Strives for Perfection not Feminism Over the past 50 years, women’s sports have become more prevalent not only in the United States but also across the world. The ability for young girls and women to participate in athletics provides an avenue to experience competitive environments as well as build self-confidence in a world still dominated by men. During the early stages of women’s sports, the main idea was to show that women were worthy of having their own teams and organizations as an extension of the existing men’s sports....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Susan B. Anthony

-   Susan B. Anthony His 102 ON 1 United States History II Jennifer Conroy Edwards April 1, 2014 Would women have the right to vote without Susan B. Anthony. Susan Brownwell Anthony was one of the most extraordinary people of the 19th century, who rose from an ordinary Quaker world to become known as the “Napoleon” of feminism. Susan herself compared the relationship of wife and husband to slavery because it provided women the legal property of her husband, by the end of her work she helped women become----and eventually through her persistence although she did not get to live to see it, got women their voice to vote, without Susan B....   [tags: Role in Feminism]

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A Woman’s Role in a Patriarchal Society

- At the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries, a series of events occurred that would be known as the feminist movement. During this time, many woman were starting to change the way they thought of themselves and wanted to change their social roles. In his views on feminist analysis Donald Hall says, “Feminist methodologies focus on gender…and explore the complex ways in which women have been denied social power and the right to various forms of self-expression the many perspectives that fall under the heading ‘feminism’ vary wildly”(Hall 199)....   [tags: feminist movement, domestic role, feminism]

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Feminism in the Islamic Community

- Very frequently Islam is portrayed as a male centered, patriarchal faith. This has led to many outside of Sufism, even within the Islamic community, to be completely unaware of the importance of the feminine in Islam. Perhaps it is due in part to the interiority of the Feminine presence in Islam, this aspect of the culture and religion is widely unknown, though extremely important (Schimmel, “My Soul Is a Woman”). In recent years there has been much discussion and controversy over the role of women in Islam, however when looking at the most viewed and valued poetry of Majnun and Layla the role of the Feminine becomes fairly clear....   [tags: Islam, male centered, patriarchal faith]

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Plath: A Pioneer for Feminism

- “And we, too, had a relationship--/Tight wires between us,/Pegs too deep to uproot, and a mind like a ring/Sliding shut on some quick thing,/The constriction is killing me also” (“The Rabbit Catcher” l. 26-30). Sylvia Plath is widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking poets of her era. As a writer, and more importantly, as a woman, Plath burst through countless barriers. She wrote about life, in it’s purest, most imperfect form. Delving into the world of depression, Plath described how being a daughter, wife and mother affected her feelings of unhappiness....   [tags: poetry, literature]

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Eco-feminism

- "No political movement on the contemporary scene has achieved the astonishing range of feminism . . . the movement has generously grown to embrace issues of race, poverty, sexual preference, child abuse, war, the Third World, religion, endangered cultures, endangered species, the global environment." (Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology, p. 238.) The term "ecofeminisme" was first used in 1974 by a French literary [critic] who encouraged women to develop their potential at preserving the ecological balance of the earth....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Eco-feminism

- “Women have long been associated with nature.” In the following essay Judith Plant sets out the main principles (in regards to ecofeminism): the closeness of women to nature; the belief that the domination of women and the destruction of nature have the same root cause; patriarchy; and the need to re-establish for nature the organic metaphor over the machine metaphor. Judith Plant believes that women have long been associated with nature and that historically, women have had no real power in the outside world, no place in decision-making....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Eco-feminism

- Today, we live in a world interwoven with women’s oppression, ecological degradation, and the exploitation of workers, race, and class. In the midst of these troubles, a movement known as ecofeminism appears to be gaining recognition. In the following, I hope to illustrate this revitalization movement . I will begin by characterizing a definition of ecofeminism; I will then bring to the forefront the ethical issues that Ecofeminism is involved with, then distinguish primary ideas and criticisms....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Generation Ahead and Behind: Women's Rights

- Women’s rights has been a long standing issue, going back centuries. The idea has been around for so long that every other question of equality relates back to women’s rights. Startlingly, despite being an issue for centuries, the modern world has, yet, to give women the full extent of social, economic, and political rights as they give to men. The solution to this divide is simple, and lies in a modern ideology: feminism. Many people tune out when they hear the word ‘feminism’- they imagine a loud, screechy protestor who calls everything a man does sexist....   [tags: woman suffrage, feminism, sexist]

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Feminism and Fairy Tales

- In a society unbridled with double standards and set views about women, one may wonder the origins of such beliefs. It might come as a surprise that these ideals and standards are embedded and have been for centuries in the beloved fairy tales we enjoyed reading as kids. In her analytical essay, “To Spin a Yarn: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tales”, Karen Rowe argues that fairy tales present “cultural norms which exalt passivity, dependency, and self-sacrifice as a female’s cardinal virtues.” Rowe presents an excellent point, which can be supported by versions of the cult classics, “Cinderella” and “Snow White”....   [tags: Karen Rowe, Cultural Norms, Women]

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Recurring Themes in the Work of Agatha Christie and Her Life's Influences on Her Writing

- Agatha Christie wrote most of her books with the same recurring themes. One of the themes that Christie has in her books is feminism. The definition of feminism is the belief in the need to protect rights, and opportunities for women to be equal to those of men. It is also saying they can go through life without having a man in their lives and living as independent women. Anti-feminism is the opposite of feminism and says women are all the same and do need a man in their life. Christie uses feminism and anti-feminism to view women during the twentieth century in the three books....   [tags: feminism, sexism, socioeconomic]

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What I Learned in the Women and Gender Studies Class

- I have a very vivid memory of discussing my classes to my mother before this first semester began, and whenever I listed off my Women and Gender Studies class I remember my mother asking me, “What do you think you are going to learn about in there?” I recall opening my mouth to say something, but nothing came out. I stopped, and looked at her and said, “You know, I’m not really sure. I guess we will find out!” I knew going in to this class I was excited, but for what I had no clue. However, looking back on my experiences, discussions, and the knowledge I have gained from this course, I know exactly why I was excited....   [tags: feminism, equality, birth control]

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Gender Based Stereotype in the Media

- Introduction The media plays an extremely important and arguably the most powerful role in shaping the perception individuals and members of the public holds towards themselves and their surroundings. This therefore makes it extremely difficult for one to maintain his/her unique self identity or perception of others without the influence of the media. People will define themselves and others based on the messages insinuated by the media. The problem hence emerges when the media insinuate the wrong and negative messages, consequently leading to unwarranted stereotypes....   [tags: sexual stereotype, feminism, masculinity]

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Feminism Lost in Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale

- In Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, the human spirit has evolved to such a point that it cannot be subdued by complacency. Atwood shows Gilead as an extremist state with strong religious connotations. We see the outcome of the reversal of women’s rights and a totalitarian government which is based on reproduction. Not only is the government oppressive, but we see the female roles support and enable the oppression of other female characters. “This is an open ended text,…conscious of the possibilities of deconstruction, reconstruction, and reinterpretation … Atwood engages in metafictional commentary …in her storytelling and by the time the reader arrives at the text, Atwood has already to...   [tags: The Handmaid’s Tale Essays]

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Feminism and How the Roles of Women Have Changed Ever So Slightly

- Kinship or the Family is a major social institution if not one of the primary structural forces, which shape subject formation and societal views. Kinship relations play a significant role in the constitution of societal roles, cultural values and identity. In Western culture, Kinship places a strong emphasis on marriage and reproduction and, moreover, makes assumptions about sex, gender, and sexuality classifications and reinforces gender roles. For example, In their Anthropological piece titled, Is There a Family?, Jane Collier, Michelle Z....   [tags: Kinship or family, sociological analysis]

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All Men Are Created Equal: Except Women

- The image that is usually placed with feminism is that of a rabid, bra-burning, lesbian running around disclaiming the patriarchy. It could be that of a mid-century housewife complaining about how her only career choices are between teacher and secretary, or even of a woman with a sash and banner walking in front of the White House; preaching about her right to vote. However, this isn't necessarily the case. Ever since the rise of the internet, in the late 20th Century, feminism has had a revival causing it to grow in popularity and spread across forums everywhere....   [tags: societal injustices, feminism, women]

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Evaluation of the Usefulness of Selected Examples of Foucault's Theory

- Within this paper, I shall evaluate the usefulness of selected examples of Foucault’s theories from a feminist perspective. To begin, a short introduction will outline the era in which Foucault wrote, as this has been seen as influential to his work, inspiring him to move away from the former ideological ways of thinking about the world (Taylor and Vintges 2004, Mills 1997). I shall then go on to consider the changing nature of feminism, which has moved on from viewing patriarchy and men as the oppressors of women, and is persistently developing more complex analyses of the ways in which gendered power relations operate....   [tags: stalinism, michel foucault, feminism]

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Social Theories of Karl Marx and Maw Weber

- There are many sociological issues in the world today that can relate back to the concept theories that Karl Marx and Max Weber formed many years ago. Although there are too many for us to go further in depth on, I chose to primarily focus on Racism and Classism. With the perspectives of these theorists in mind I can explain how Racism, Classism, in conjunction with Feminism are among the largest social problems human beings face in the world today. Both theorists have different theories of the social concept Classism, however they are not that much different from one another....   [tags: racism, feminism, classism]

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Educate a Woman, Educate a Generation

- “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” (Young). This quote illustrates the importance of women in today’s society and the crucial role they play in inspiring the next generation of young women. Feminism is a social perspective dedicated to equality and equal rights between both sexes, male and female. This social perspective has been and still is practiced by millions of feminists around the world fighting for equal rights. The feminist movement has undergone three waves in the past century, changing the face of the human race as we know it....   [tags: feminism, inequalty, society]

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The Study of Women across Cultures

- ... Though out the world, lesbian relations stretches upon a number of societies and social categories. Researches have stated that being lesbian was acceptable in a a number of cultures before the colonization of the Western World. The colonization of lands has been connected to the increasing prejudices against women. In the United States by the nineteenth century lesbianism was deem an illness, in need of a cure. Women were put into mental asylums, where remedies such as psychotherapy were used to “treat” lesbians....   [tags: empowerment, lebians, feminism, tradition]

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Riot Grrrl: Empowering Women and Changing the World

- Take a moment and envision yourself accompanying your significant other at a highly anticipated punk rock concert. Upon arrival, he immediately insists that you play the role of a “good girlfriend” by holding his jacket while he and the rest of the male audience move up towards the mosh pit. You soon find yourself pushed and shoved to the back of the room, the farthest distance away from the stage as possible, along with hundreds of other “good girlfriends” as personified coat hangers. This was an issue faced by many women in the early 90’s who were interested in the punk rock scene, yet were unable to have their voices be heard, until now....   [tags: Feminism and punk rock]

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Beyoncé: A Modern Feminist

- On the night of December 13, 2013 Beyoncé, released her fifth self-titled album on ITunes. The album caught many people by surprise because Beyoncé did not set a date for the album, nor did she use any promotion; she did release a video on her Instagram asking her followers if they “were ready”. The buzz spread through social media like a wild fire. With no promotion or no warning, Beyoncé album took the world by storm and made it for her audience and critics to take in the album and it contents....   [tags: Feminist Essays]

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Gender in African Women´s Writing

- The identity of African women juxtaposed to the Western women’s identity is a hard concept for one to grasp. The word feminism is merely looked at from one perspective, the western perspective. The reality of feminism is that everywhere in the world has a different idea of what feminism is defined as and what it should look like. However there is one central theme that applies to feminists around the world, which is a feminist is someone who goes against traditional roles of a woman in their society to better their gender as a whole....   [tags: feminism, african women, gender]

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Feminist Criticism

- Feminist Criticism Contemporary feminist criticism focuses on various specified topics such as women’s biographical writings, lesbian and literature, and the role of film and the media in portraying feminine gender. It is no longer easily separated into categorical goals by nationalities or land boundaries. Instead, feminist criticism is now characterized according to whether the category of "woman" is the major focus, or whether gender identity is defined by sexual and other identities as well....   [tags: Feminism Female Essays]

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Kate Chopin Feminism

- Throughout the years, many authors have pushed beyond safe to write about what is important. Rather than take the easy way out, they have gone beyond their peers in an attempt to write about something real. Kate Chopin was one of those authors. She wrote about women as they really think and wish to act. Her presentation of the female self has had an immense impact on breaking through conventional constraints placed on women. Many critics wonder how Kate Chopin wrote so far ahead of her time. As a child, she was strongly influenced by the environment in which she grew up....   [tags: Literature]

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I Am Woman! Now What?

- I Am Woman. Now What. Putting aside, for the moment, and for the sake of this introduction, the disturbing social signals emitted by Virginia Slims ads (the eternal tall, white woman glamorizing the use of a cancer-causing agent, "baby"), their slogan actually sparks worthwhile feminist discourse. How long of a way have we come and is it enough. This is a query that I struggle with as an individual and that the feminist movement contends with at each step, after each threshold of progress is crossed....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminists, Stereotypes and Stereotyping in the Media

- Feminists and Media Stereotypes      The media portrays feminists in unflattering ways. Largely because of the media portrayal, the word 'feminist' usually evokes images of crass, butch, men-hating, very masculine women. Many women believe in the feminist doctrine, but they would never consider themselves as a feminist because they cannot relate to the images of crass, butch, men-hating, masculine women.  In fact, it has only been within the past year that I've been able to accept the fact that I am a feminist and that my preconceived images of feminists are merely media stereotypes....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminism in Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

- Imagine yourself a female slave, living a life of service on a large plantation during the early-19th century. Imagine waking every morning at dawn to begin a never-ending day of cooking, cleaning, washing, and sewing. Imagine being at the beck and call of a master who not only uses you for daily chores, but also for his personal sexual pleasure. Imagine the inexhaustible fear of his next humiliating request and the deep feelings of shame and remorse for your inability to stand up against him. Imagine lying in bed at the end of the day wishing God would carry you to heaven so you would not have to wake and experience this hell on earth all over again....   [tags: American Literature]

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Death to Feminists in Ode to the Death of a Favorite Cat

- Death to Feminists in Ode to the Death of a Favorite Cat For any scholar, the feminist method of criticizing literature is something that can no longer be pushed under the carpet and ignored. But before this modern idea overruns literary society and causes many great pains, one should read a simple, yet subtle, poem by English poet Thomas Gray. In "Ode to the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes", Gray gives a solemn warning to those who would use Feminism too freely and without checks to guards its attempts to overrun literary criticisms....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Women and Minorities in Television and Movies

- Women and Minorities in Television and Movies Since this winter, I can't watch television or movies anymore without critiquing how women and minorities are portrayed. One unexpected thing that I have picked up from taking this class is a sense of wariness when I counter any piece of written material. I have learned to be suspicious, if not directly critical of any particular part of the media as I experience it; I have been inspired to read and be influenced by some prolific female thinkers. It's all coming together for me, what I want to do; I just have to figure out how....   [tags: Feminist Feminism Issues Essays]

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Kate Chopin's Awakening - Edna Pontellier as Master of Her Destiny

-          In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the main character, Edna leaves her husband to find place in the world. Edna believes her new sexually independent power will make her master of her own life. But, as Martin points out, she has overestimated her strength and is still hampered by her "limited ability to direct her energy and to master her emotions" (22). Unfortunately, Edna has been educated too much in the traditions of society and not enough in reason and independent survival, admitting to Robert that "we women learn so little of life on the whole" (990)....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Women´s Right Activism

- ... Christine Rosen, senior editor of The New Atlantis, explains that “[women who were too afraid to pursue their feminist goals] weren't making rational decision[s]; they were the victims of a patriarchal society that fostered false consciousness by silencing women's voices” (43). A patriarchy is when a society values men above women. In the family, the man is the head of the household and his name gets passed onto his children and wife. “'The structures of domination become invisible because they have been internalized,'” Rosen quotes feminist theorist Carol Gilligan (43; emphasis added)....   [tags: oppression, feminism, history]

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Scarlet Letter Analysis

- “Women belong in the kitchen.” “All women should be barefoot and pregnant.” “Women are strictly homemakers.” These are a few of the commonly used phrases regarding the female role in society that date back to the mid-seventeenth century. However, ardent supporters of gender equality have surfaced in almost every culture where this ideology is practiced. Nathaniel Hawthorne explores this inveterate societal conflict through his story The Scarlet Letter. The main character, Hester Prynne, is punished for committing adultery by being forced to wear a scarlet letter upon her bosom; Hawthorne created a story sympathetic to the female cause and demonstrated, through Hester, qualities of early femi...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Feminism]

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Holding Out Analysis

- In our lifetime we will encounter several things in which we will have no control over… things such as natural disasters and the equally irrepressible: actions, thoughts, and feelings of others. In the same light, you, and only you, have complete and utter control of yourself. In the film “Holding Out,” four college-aged women demonstrate the ultimate self-control in a “man fast,” where they are to have no verbal communication or physical contact with men for 100 days. This film exemplifies the restraint the women have even with the most diligent suitors, similar to Maria’s defiant actions in John Fletcher’s comedy, “The Tamer Tamed.” Maria was adamant that she would not adhere to the deman...   [tags: feminism, equality, The Tamer Tamed]

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Lack of Male Intimacy

- The Lack of Male Intimacy As I sit in the auditorium of the school I attend, I listen to the speaker of the day make his fatal mistake. He has done well up until now, relating to us only facts and ideas. Now, he has suffered from a lapse in judgment, and seems to have forgotten his surroundings - an all male audience. He has the audacity to display genuine, vulnerable emotion. I wait for the response I know he will get. The sound fills my ears. The all male audience brings forth a sarcastic and mocking chorus of "awwwwwww." One could not imagine the same event transpiring in an all female group....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Gender: Feminism and Masculinity

- In a recent meta-analysis by Kite and Whitley in 1996, it was confirmed that men hold more negative attitudes toward homosexuality than do women. They also determined that men's attitudes toward homosexuality are particularly negative when the person being rated is a gay man rather than a lesbian. Their review of the literature also highlighted the complex nature of attitudes toward homosexuality noted by others. In order to understand the constructive attitudes of homosexuality, there are several factors that include beliefs that gay people are threatening or dangerous, etc....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Virgina Woolf and Feminism

- Virginia Woolf is often categorized as being an aesthetic writer. Most of her works played largely on the concept of suggestion. They addressed many social issues especially those regarding feminine problems. Woolf was acutely aware of her identity as a woman and she used many of writings as outlets for her frustrations. According to her doctrine, the subjugation of women is a central fact of history, a key to most of our social and psychological disorders (Marder 3). The two works I will focus on is A Room of One's Own and "A Society" from Monday or Tuesday....   [tags: World Literature]

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How Far Can It Be Argued That Popular Culture Is Ideological: a Discussion in Relation to Feminism

- The Marxist concept of ideology is used to express the way in which the dominant group in a society controls the norms and values of that society at the level of ideas. As they own and direct the production of popular cultural products the dominant group are able to present their ideas as both normal and natural and `so mystify the `real' conditions of existence' (Hall.1992.p348). In this way the group holding power exercises maximum control with the minimum of conflict. The general population accepts the status quo as inevitable, and revolution is avoided....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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The State of the Nuclear Family

- The State of the Nuclear Family Nuclear Family- "social units comprising a man and a woman living together with their children, nuclear families are often contrasted with extended families."[1] The first school of thought on this matter is Marxism. Marxism stands for family and community values - though not necessarily the values of the nuclear family. Therefore, Marxism agrees that the Nuclear Family is in decline. The ideals behind Marxism state that: the lower-class 'workers' are employed by the middle and upper class 'owners' and that the workers are encouraged to have children and large families to continue providing cheap labour....   [tags: Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism]

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Feminisim Today

- Feminisim Today The world today has changed in many aspects of gender related life style. Yet there is an area of improvement in the focus of gender: based on labour and the patriarchial working woman. The class society have a great impact on the behaviour women carry out. The different theories and definitions help to explain the relationship of the construction of the gender. Feminism has a great impact on the gender role in our society. Feminists have been fighting for a long time for power and control in this man's world....   [tags: Papers]

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Women's Rights

- INTRODUCTION The given case, Claiming the Throttle : Multiple Femininities in a Hyper – Masculine Subculture ( Martin et al, 2006 ) is a re-inquiry of Schouten and McAlexander’s (1995) ethnography of Harley – Davidson owners that deals with issues of feminism in a hyper – masculine subculture. This case focuses on the liberalization and the sense of achievement and equality gained by women on the usage of motorcycles through the voices of women riders....   [tags: Legal Issues, Ethnography, Feminism]

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Chivalry

- “Chivalry is a set of professional ethics and expectations, guiding the behavior of the warrior classes of medieval Europe.” To understand chivalry, one must look even earlier in time to observe the history of combat. Though some cavalries rode horses as early as A.D. 376, they utilized the animals only as a source of transportation and the combats were fought on foot. This went on until the invention of the stirrup came from Asia which allowed the warrior to remain on his horse and be able to hold himself steady while defending himself from enemies....   [tags: Feminism]

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