Feminist Criticism on Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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The term ‘feminism’ and ‘feminist’ first started to gain popularity in the 1970s. Starting in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, continued into the 1960s and 1970s, then followed by the 1990s to the twentieth century, feminism and feminist grown across the nation. From clubs and organizations, to readings and speeches, feminist all across the nation, and world, have influenced aspects of our daily lives, including our literature. “Feminist criticism examines the ways in which literature reinforces or undermines the economic, political., social, and psychological oppression of woman” (Tyson 83). In simpler terms, feminist criticism is critiquing literary readings, through the mind of a woman’s opinion of structure and being. …show more content…

From a patriarchal ideology, Connie seems a bit of a tramp concluding that “men sleep with “bad girls”, but they don’t deserve better and they probably don’t even expect better. They’re not good enough to bear a man’s name or legitimate children” (Tyson 90). While completely objectifying women, this ideology places them into two, very broad, different categories as well. Why should Connie be seen as

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