Female Power Essays

  • The Role Of Female Power In Lysistrata And The Conference Of The Birds

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    and medieval history, female power has rarely had a significant impact on the course of events. The lack of ability to hold public office or higher level religious positions was a result of women to be seen as the subordinate sex. Women in both Aristophanes’s Lysistrata and Farid Un-Din Attar’s The Conference of the Birds defy their structural roles as wives, mothers, and homemakers by making significant impacts in both genders’ lives and even the course of history. Female characters in Lysistrata

  • Female Power, Maternity and Genderbending in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

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    Female Power, Maternity and Genderbending in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra The 19th century essayist and literary critic William Hazlitt wrote of Cleopatra, "She is voluptuous, ostentatious, conscious, boastful of her charms, haughty, tyrannical, [and] fickle," which are "great and unpardonable faults" (Hazlitt 2-3). Much of the criticism of Antony and Cleopatra has recycled this judgement, depicting Cleopatra as a villainess uses her eroticism and sexuality to motivate Antony to seek power

  • Ambiguous Women: The Power of the Female Narrative

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    Ambiguous Women: The Power of the Female Narrative I do not wonder that men have always felt threatened by strong women. Male insecurity is manifest in the patriarchal infrastructure of society and its enforcement of gender roles that require female submission to the male model. In her book, Writing a Woman's Life, Caroline Heilbrun quotes Deborah Cameron's sardonic statement, "men can be men only if women are unambiguously women" (16). Heilbrun considers the ambiguous women, those who challenge

  • The Power of Female Friendship in The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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    Purple, Alice Walker conveys the importance and the power of female friendship in all forms. It shapes and forms the strong bond of female companionship as means of refuge from oppression, male dominance and a world full of violence perpetrated against woman which the female protagonists wish to break free from. Walker constantly reminds the reader of the gruelling pursuit of identity that all are in search for, both in Africa and America; for females to gain equal recognition as individuals who deserve

  • Powers of Mesopotamian Female Gods

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    The powers of Mesopotamian deities are seen in the various ways affecting lives of people in that era. These powers can be observed in the art, culture, traditions, religious activities, civilization and many more. Mesopotamian culture and their civilization started upon the development of the first cities on the end of the fourth millennium up to the near beginning of the years of the Roman Empire. In this era, Mesopotamian religion, which pertains to the religious practices and principles pursued

  • The Female Power Play: Hatshepsut

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    her mark. As the first female pharaoh of Egypt, Hatshepsut’s legacy will be infamous. Works Cited Andronik, Catherine M., and Joseph Daniel Fiedler. Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself. New York: Atheneum, 2001. Print. Dell, Pamela. Hatshepsut: Egypt's First Female Pharaoh. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point, 2009. Print. "Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt - Hatshepsut." Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt - Hatshepsut. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. Tyldesley, Joyce A. Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh. London: Penguin

  • Makeover Feminism

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    their appearance as a tactical effort to win power in normative society. Drawing on popular media interpretations of third wave feminism, women compelled to politicize a personal decision to “improve” their image have wrapped this act in ideological jargon. Makeover Feminism is a cheeky new slogan meant to express the idea that conformity to cultural norms of physical beauty achieved through artificial and sometimes extreme means asserts female power. These women deny submission to patriarchal

  • Nature's Power In Leonardo Da Vinci: Female Power

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    I believe Mary D. Garrard who wrote Leonardo Da Vinci: Female Portraits, Female Nature, was attempting to say that people were threatened by nature’s power, particularly the nature of females. Many males during the Renaissance didn’t believe in nature as powerful. During the Renaissance slogans became popular stating that art was more powerful than nature and common themes like that. Males believed they had control over nature and they could treat it like women who were there only to help reproduce

  • Male Reactions to Female Power in Antigone

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    In Sophocles's Antigone and, Dürrenmatt's The Visit, however, the female leads show great strength and are even able to threaten the male leads with their power. Creon and Alfred Ill's disdainful and oppressive treatment of women stems not from the supposed inferiority of women, but from the theme that man is afraid to lose control. This theme is developed through particular events in the plot: the men begin in positions of power, which are then threatened by the women. Their amateur reactions to

  • What Is The Power Of Female Empowerment In 'Whip Smart'?

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    Several critics seem to assume that for one to endorse the values of female empowerment, they must represent the image of overt liberation over those who seek persecution covertly. However, that is not the case; female empowerment describes a woman’s struggle to break from societal bounds. Liberations can manifest as words or actions made to reinstate one's rights and control. These efforts are found in the narrating persona of Melissa Febos “Whip Smart,” as well as Sylvia Plath’s "Daddy." These

  • Quilting - The Feminist Dynamic of Lucille Clifton

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    that is female. The poem, "eve's version" defies the negative issues that have arisen from the Christian tradition of the fall of mankind. The present female condition is addressed in the poem, "a woman who loves." Women have been blatantly marginalized in our society and a reading of these Clifton works offers a description of how feminist power has been subverted to construct the inequality of power that is entrenched in our patriarchal culture. The ancient Greeks attributed the power of love

  • Rabi A Sufi: The First Female Sufi Power

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    Rabi’a is to have believed to be born 717 CE, 95-99 AH, or during the second half of 8th Century AD, she has no approximate date of birth. She is the first female Sufi saint as well as first true Sufi saint in the Sufi tradition (New World Encyclopedia) and first female poet in Islam (WISE Muslim Women). Sufism, according to Marcia Hermansen’s piece, Sufi Movements in America”, is not a sect of the Islamic religion like the Sunni and Shi’i because Sufi’s can be from either of those sects. This following

  • Girl Power: The Importance of Female Relationships in Jane Eyre

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    role model in her life, Helen Burns. Helen Burn is Jane’s eventual best friend. She is an intelligent, composed, and kind young woman. But more importantly, she is devoutly religious. Her steadfast faith in God provides Jane an exemplary model of a female Christian. Helen teaches Jane important aspects of Christianity that influence her later life decisions. The first thing Helen does is tell Jane to read the New Testament on follow Christ’s example. “Love your enemies; bless them that curse you,”

  • Women in The Odyssey by Homer

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    Female Power in The Odyssey Throughout time women have had to fight hard for respect and the rights that come with it. Many societies have potrayed women as second class citizens, teaching that they should be subservient to men. There have been those who have spent entire lifetimes working to break beyond the traditional concepts of women and power. It is very challenging, however, for the sex to achieve higher status, when a society teaches not to speak out or against men’s wishes. How can

  • Girl Power: The Importance of Female Relationships in Jane Eyre

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    but this act ends up getting herself sent up to the red-room. In this red-room, Bronte shows how much those years of mistreatment affected Jane: “Unjust!—unjust!” said my reason, forced by the agonising stimulus into precocious though transitory power: and Resolve, equally wrought up, instigated some strange expedient to achieve escape from insupportable oppression—as running away, or, if that could not be effected, never eating or drinking more, and letting myself die. [...] I was a discord in

  • The Rape of Women in Draupadi, by Mahasweta Devi, and Open It,”by Saadat Hasan Manto

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    Mahasweta Devi, and “Open It,” by Saadat Hasan Manto Where there is war, there is the rape and abuse of women. From the Trojan War to the Middle East conflict, rape has been a tactic of war. Rape is commonly viewed by society as a symbol of female degradation, female submission, and the stripping of honor and humanity. In the stories “Draupadi,” by Mahasweta Devi, and “Open It,” by Saadat Hasan Manto, the rape of women is a common theme. In Manto’s “Open It,” a young girl, Sakina, is raped by young men

  • Modes of Power for Women

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    Modes of Power for Women The struggle for control over birth transcends centuries and continents. Gloria Steinem, a women’s rights advocate of the 1990s describes how “the traditional design of most patriarchal buildings of worship imitates the female body” in order that “men [can] take over the yoni-power of creation by giving birth symbolically” (Steinem XV). The struggle for control over the power of procreation between the sexes existed in Ancient Greece. It is apparent in the Theogony

  • Power Is Wrong Essay

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    Power is like a computer in an organization, if used correctly it creates good results but if used wrong, it can lead to negative outcomes. Managers, supervisors, and even ourselves encounter ethical dilemmas that question our values and we have the final decision whether to go ahead or not. Bruce Lee once said that: “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect” (BrainyQuote.com, 2017). In reality, many of the world top leaders who once had power and great political influence in their

  • Summary Of Catharine Beecher And Charlotte Perkins Gilm Architects Of Female Power

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    In the article “Catharine Beecher and Charlotte Perking Gilman: Architects of female power,” written by Valerie Gill, the author reviews the writing and ideological beliefs about two feminist, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Catharine Beecher. In the introduction, Gill states, “When we first compare the writing of Charlotte Perkins Gilman with those of her great-aunt, Catharine Beecher, we are likely to conclude that the two could not have had more disparate notions about the kind of lives American

  • The Duchess of Malti

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    John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock each feature females as the dominate characters, but represent them in very different ways. In Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi it is made clear and significantly expresses how being vigorous, prideful and independent are not solely male characteristics, but assist in empowering women. In Pope’s The Rape of the Lock he presents women of circumstance and their over the top reactions to events that are superficially inconsequential