James Tiptree, Jr., The Author Of The Story “The Women

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James Tiptree, Jr., the author of the story “The Women Men Don’t See” published in 1973 which means it was written in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The story is about a group of people male and female that are involved in a plane crash in Belize. During the process of survival, the men see the women in a sexual light and engage them in a sexual manner. Then aliens show up and the women leave with the aliens. How would the social construct and cultural context of the 1960s and 1970s affect the theme of this story? The purpose of women in the 60s and 70s where to take care of the kids, household, and their husbands. They were seen more of domestic servants than anything else. The theme of the story is that women want to get out of the…show more content…
The American public thought that these women were happy being housewives and raising kids but in fact “millions of house wives were in fact desperately unhappy” (Coontz 4). All this lead to a large feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s to give women more purpose other than a mother and a housewife. In this story the author portrays men in a way that they view women as objects of desire. You can see that when the men in the story make comments about the women in the story in a sexual light. For instance, when the author says “I see the girl has what could be an attractive body…” (Tiptree 255). showing that without even meeting the women that the author is commenting on the character is already making comments on her looks. Also, when the author makes the comment “The women doesn’t mean one thing to me, but the obtrusive excessiveness of her, the defiance of her little rump eight inches’ form fly – for two pesos I’d have those shorts down and introduce myself” (Tiptree 263). During the 60s “there was seldom justice for women who had been raped… she had been inviting the rape by wearing revealing clothes or tight dresses” (Coontz 13). Reviling the nature of the time that women had very little sexual rights during this time in “seventeen states in 1963 is was still restricted that women access to contraceptives…Massachusetts prohibited the sale if it” (Coontz 11). With the feminist movement during the 60s and 70s had an unwanted affect that made men think that women

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